The Nashville Predators have acquired winger Wayne Simmonds from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Ryan Hartman and a 4th round pick.
The Predators are one of the top teams in the NHL, but if they want to beat out the Winnipeg Jets and win the Central Division, they needed to upgrade at the trade deadline, and they did. They get Simmonds, a player who will help their abysmal power play, and improve their top-six. They give up just Hartman, who isn\’t nearly as good as Simmonds.
Simmonds, 30, has scored 16 goals with 11 assists for 27 points in 62 games for the Flyers this season. The best year of his career came in 2015-16, when he scored 32 goals with 28 assists for 60 points in 81 games. In his NHL career for the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings, Simmonds has scored 242 goals and 229 assists for 471 points in 824 games.
The Flyers aren\’t contending for a playoff spot, and since Simmonds is a pending UFA, it makes sense to trade him, though the return was underwhelming. Hartman is a bottom-six player who Nashville acquired last deadline for a first round pick, which was a big reach.
Hartman, 24, has scored 10 goals with 10 assists for 20 points in 64 games for the Preds this year. In his NHL career for Nashville and the Chicago Blackhawks, Hartman has scored 40 goals with 43 assists for 83 points in 226 games.