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Predators move ahead of the trade deadline

The Nashville Predators have decided it was the right time to move in order to make a strong playoff run. In order to stabilize the first line, the team acquired veteran center Jason Arnott to complete one of the biggest first line in the league. Set to center between Chris Stewart and Alexei Ponikarovsky, the line will average 6'4" and 220 pounds.

Going the other way to help Buffalo is another large center in Martin Hanzal. The young shutdown center was hard to part with, and GM Tremblay had to make a tough decision: "You never want to give the future for the season if you don't end up winning the cup. In this case, the secondary players included in the deal helped mend the loss of Hanzal and close the deal".

Coming to Nashville with Arnott is young center Lauri Korpikoski, who should center the third line next year in place of Hanzal. The Predators also received Tomas Kubalik, a young forward with a big shot and a good head for offense.