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Big Nashville/Toronto Trade

Nashville, Tenn. (February 15, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Sunday that the team has acquired defenseman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Nashville’s first-round selection in the 2015 Draft, and forwards Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen.

“In preparation for the 2015 playoff run, our goal was to add a veteran defenseman who could play in all situations and a proven forward who could move up and down lineup based on the situation,” Poile said. “We were fortunate to do this in the same transaction with players who are in the prime of their careers more than two weeks before the Trade Deadline in order to give them more time to contribute and gel with their teammates.

"Both Cody and Mike were drafted, developed and began their NHL careers here. They know our organization and still have former teammates and friends on the roster. We are fully confident that they will seamlessly fit into our team.”

“Cody brings size, offensive ability and the capacity to play in all situations to our lineup,” Poile said. “He is the perfect component to round out our defensive corps and give us eight proven NHL defensemen.”

“Mike is a versatile player that can move up and down the lineup based on the situation,” Poile said. “He has fantastic speed, is excellent in the face-off circle, and can play all three forward positions if called upon. He is an excellent complement to our existing group of forwards.”

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  Tags: cody+franson, mike+santorelli, ollie+jokinen

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Red Winger's avatar

Damn,  the Preds making a serious run at Stanley this spring

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 02/15/15 at 12:13 PM ET

nEgativezEro's avatar

Wow, Toronto just got fleeced.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 02/15/15 at 12:20 PM ET

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Really? A first, a prospect and whatever they got Jokinen in exchange for two rentals?  That’s fleeced?

I mean, I guess if you believed they were going to ever get a Tatar or Nyquist, but I’d say that’s a pretty solid return for two guys who weren’t going to re-sign.

And yes, Nashville are serious about the playoffs.

Posted by Garth on 02/15/15 at 12:29 PM ET

nEgativezEro's avatar

Nashville traded a bottom-5 first rounder and a decent prospect, got RID of Jokinen for two of Toronto’s best players. (I know Toronto sets the bar low for “best’, but still).

Obviously the Leafs weren’t going to keep either guy in the offseason, but to give up both guys for barely a return seems a little crazy, given what the market could have been.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 02/15/15 at 12:37 PM ET

topshelf14's avatar

Bad trade for Toronto.

Nashvilles 1st rd pick will be in the late 20’s.

Jokinen is a rental they’re receiving back in return, so when he’s traded by Toronto he’ll only fetch a 4th rd pick, if that. He’s got 6 pts in 48 games this season.

Leipsic is a B level prospect with offensive upside but is undersized and doesn’t project to be a regular NHLer.

If I were Toronto I would of waited until closer to the deadline, especially with Franson’s below average play of late.

Santorelli has been one of the more consistent players on the Leafs all year and teams would of been willing to move a 3rd rd pick, possibly a 2nd rounder due to his ability to put points on the board, avoid penalties and move up and down the lineup.

Toronto should of received a 1st, & 2nd rd pick

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Franson & Santorelli

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 02/15/15 at 12:49 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Another GM gets it done for a sack of pucks while Holland twittles his thumbs and kicks the tires.  Same shit, different day.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 02/15/15 at 12:57 PM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

Another GM gets it done for a sack of pucks while Holland twittles his thumbs and kicks the tires.  Same shit, different day.

While I’m not 100% sold on Franson, necessarily, I have to agree with you in general. The cost is not always as high as the media rumors claim, and reasonable, impactful trades can be made.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 02/15/15 at 01:16 PM ET

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Hopefully Holland was just waiting to see if he could snag franson.. now we need make a move for petry…

Posted by Pasha1277 on 02/15/15 at 01:47 PM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

Hopefully Holland was just waiting to see if he could snag franson.. now we need make a move for petry…

Posted by Pasha1277 on 02/15/15 at 12:47 PM ET

or, now Petry’s price goes up and KH breaths a sigh of relief before exclaiming:  “the prices are just too high”

 

Posted by duhduhduh on 02/15/15 at 02:01 PM ET

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Lmao probably

Posted by Pasha1277 on 02/15/15 at 02:59 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

I smell something rotten here with a pretty rich d core getting richer for the proverbial bag o pucks. League mandated ? I’ll take off the tin foil hat now.

Posted by cigar_nurse from On LTIR for the Greenville Pylons on 02/15/15 at 03:06 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

You knew wingnut bags would by crying.  Nashville is not a Toronto rival, they’re in the west has a legit shots this season, they have a legit #1 all star dman a legit #2 dman and a one of the top 3 goalies in the league. They should be making a trade.

Neither Franzen or any other rental available makes the wings any more of a contender. Wings should be thinking about giving Marchenko that playoff ice time over any rental.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerGod's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 02/15/15 at 03:32 PM ET

awould's avatar

Toronto got fleeced. Sure they are rentals, but there are two of them and they’re worth more than a very late 1st rounder and Ollie Jokinen. I literally thought that dude retired like 2 years ago.

Posted by awould on 02/15/15 at 06:11 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Not great but certainly not horrible under the impending UFA circumstances. No way would the Leafs have gotten a 1st rounder if they’d made two separate deals.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 02/15/15 at 08:27 PM ET

cainer4wingsglory's avatar

I wouldn’t say they got fleeced, but I’d prefer Nashville’s side of the deal. If the Leafs traded Franson and Santorelli separately I’m sure they would end up with more in the way of prospects and picks, but they are hellbent on that 1st pick, so it’s the price they had to pay. With how many 1st rd busts you see and how unpredictable the draft is, I think you’re better off with multiple 2nd-4th picks and more chances…. but that’s only if your scouting dept isn’t terrible. Sorry Toronto….

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 02/15/15 at 08:35 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Do ya’ll forget how Franson ended up in TOR in the first place?

Posted by Primis on 02/15/15 at 09:45 PM ET

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Neither Franzen or any other rental available makes the wings any more of a contender. Wings should be thinking about giving Marchenko that playoff ice time over any rental.

Don’t you think that if the Wings thought Marchenko was ready for a top four role they would have him playing top four minutes?

There’s a reason they are looking for a top four defenseman.

Posted by Garth on 02/15/15 at 10:03 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

HAHAAHHAHAAHAHAHAHH”

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 02/16/15 at 02:04 AM ET

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What makes you guys think that Toronto was so excited about trading Franson to Detroit? As much as I agree that Nashville wins in this deal, I am also sure that the price to trade to Detroit was much higher. We’ve seen 2 big trades so far and both were done by teams from different conferences. We all discussed here before that Detroit probably would have had to pay premium for a in-division trade.
In any case, there have been reports that Franson has been playing injured.

Posted by George0211 on 02/16/15 at 09:39 AM ET

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