The Nashville Predators were a perennial playoff team for the majority of the last decade. That all stopped last year when they missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
This season, unless things change, it looks like it will be another year out of the playoffs for the Predators. To that point, it looks like the Predators will be one of the busier teams leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5.
The Fourth Period is reporting that the Predators could be interested in the Edmonton Oilers’ Sam Gagner. It also appears that the acquisition of Gagner would be connected to the Preds trading David Legwand.
TFP says that Nashville is looking for a first-round pick in exchange for Legwand. They would then try to acquire a young center to replace him. That center looks like it would preferably be Gagner.
TFP also notes that the Predators could be dangling defenseman Ryan Ellis and forward Colin Wilson. It is unknown if that is connected to a potential Gagner deal, but I could see the offensive Ellis being a good fit in Edmonton.
The final thing mentioned by The Fourth Period is that the Oilers could very well still be looking into trading Gagner to the Los Angeles Kings. That deal has the highest potential of happening unless other teams step in and give the Oilers a better offer. Nashville could very well be one of those teams.
Nashville seems to be a team in transition right now. They want to be able to contend again next year so it will have to be a rather quick turnaround.