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Los Angeles Kings Trade for Viktor Arvidsson from Predators

The Nashville Predators have traded Viktor Arvidsson to the Los Angeles Kings for two draft picks.

The first big trade of the offseason has gone down. The Nashville Predators have traded forward Viktor Arvidsson to the Los Angeles Kings for a 2021 second-round pick and a 2022 third-round pick in the NHL Entry Draft. There was talk that Arvidsson was being shopped by the Predators, and GM David Poile didn’t waste any time pulling the trigger on a deal.

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Reports surfaced earlier on Thursday that a deal might be going down.  According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the two sides were discussing a move because the Kings had room to [protect Arvidsson on their roster head of the NHL Expansion Draft. Meanwhile, the Predators were looking to clear out a little cap space.

Arvidsson, 28, is a two-time 30-goal and 60-point player who hasn’t scored like he used to, but still has some skill and could produce well in the right environment. He is a solid second line goal scorer who had a pretty bad and uncharacteristic shooting slump this season.

The Kings PR team tweeted out that Arvidsson has collected 127 goals and 112 assists for 239 points with a plus-45 rating in 385 NHL games. The 5-9, 180-pound winger has also added 27 points (12-15=27) in 61 playoff appearances.

Viktor Arvidsson Kings trade
Viktor Arvidsson Kings trade

More Pre-Expansion Draft Deals Coming?

Could this be the start of deals that happen ahead of the draft? Getting a second and a third rounder for a player that the Predators might have lost to the Seattle Kraken is good business for the Preds and for the Kings, it wasn’t a big cost to land a player of his skill set. These are the types of deals we could see more of in the next couple of weeks.

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