The Los Angeles Kings have acquired winger Viktor Arvidsson from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2021 2nd round pick (#40 overall) and a 2022 3rd round pick.
The Kings have little star power, instead settling for a team of potential roster players this year. It obviously did not work out, as they missed the playoffs again. With a ton of draft picks over the next two seasons, the Kings had a surplus so they could acquire a proven player. Arvidsson is just that. He scored a Nashville record 34 goals in 58 games in 2018-19, but has struggled since. His shooting percentage this past year was just 6.6 percent, but he was injured at the tail end of the year, costing him six regular season games and four in the postseason. He has dropped from a first-line winger to a second-liner, but that is still good value. The team is buying low and they now have a new forward who they can protect in the expansion draft, which will be important later. Arvidsson is also cheap, with three more years left on his contract at a cheap $4.25 million.
After this trade, the Kings still have the 49th overall pick thanks to the Blues, a pick traded twice before going to L.A. for Alec Martinez. They also have two third round picks this year (Jack Campbell trade) and a third next year (Jeff Carter).
Arvidsson, 28, scored 10 goals with 15 assists for 25 points in 50 games for the Predators in 2020-21. In his NHL career, all in Nashville, Arvidsson has scored 127 goals with 112 assists for 239 points in 385 games.
Arvidsson was a key Predator in their run to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, but his time in Nashville had come to an end. He had less than 20 goals in each of the last two seasons, and has been constantly hurt. The real threat to the franchise was the upcoming expansion draft, where Arvidsson was a candidate to be selected. This gives them value for him before he inevitably left, or if they planned on protecting him, an extra player to protect. The team will still be in a sticky spot this month, as one of defensemen Dante Fabbro and Alex Carrier, or forwards Matt Duchene and Calle Jarnkrok will likely be taken. The team also clears up some cap space, and gets a fine return for a slumping player.