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Predators on the prowl at the trade deadline

The Nashville Predators were one of the most active team at the trade deadline as they are currently in pursuit of Blues for the top of the central division. The team acquired a veteran, a young forward and two depth players as they approach the final stretch of the season.

The first trade was made on Sunday night with the New Jersey Devils. The Predators sent two of their top prospects to the Devils in exchange for a rugged cup winning veteran, a young forward and a draft pick. "It was hard to send two of our promising young prospects in Luke Adam and Cody Goloubef, but we've made a good push so far and we wanted to support our current group of players by adding quality forwards in Cory Stillman and Fabiann Brunstrom" said GM Tremblay when asked about the trade.

Then today on the deadline, the Predators added Jaime Sifers and Nick Tarnasky to add depth on the bottom line and on the farm in case there was an injury heading into the playoffs. The team traded young defenseman Brian Strait, along with a 6th and an 8th draft pick in 2010 in order to bolster the team's depth. "We could have gone forward without acquiring these guys, but we felt they could be key guys if our starters suffered an injury going into the playoffs. As well, Tarnasky adds a bit of size to our lineup and he should see time on the PK" commented GM Tremblay about his motivations in adding those depth players.

Asked about the relatively slow trade deadline in the league, GM Tremblay had this to say: "It is tough trading when all the teams are close to the cap. We had to move a good player on defense in Ruslan Salei to make room for Cory Stillman. In order to add dept and decent players, we had to trade for players that did fit under the cap and move a few bodies to stay within the max contract number now and this summer."

Unfortunately, after all deals were done, two players were left out and sent to the farm. Mathieu Dandenault and Brett McLean were put on waivers and will end the year on the farm if they aren't claimed.