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Predators send Gerber to Tampa Bay

Jussi Jokinen
The Nashville Predators new GM has made his first move since taking over the team, trading Martin Gerber to the Tampa Bay Lightning in return of Jussi Jokinen and Joel Broda.

Martin Gerber, a pending UFA next year, was not  in the long term plans of the team and was playing backup to Pascal Leclaire this year. GM Tremblay felt it was time to trade him to a team that could use him as a starter: "Gerber wanted to see more action, but it was not going to happen with our team. When we received a good offer from the Tampa Bay Lightning, we just had to pull the trigger on the move."

The main player coming back to the Nashville Predators was Jussi Jokinen. While Jokinen is having a slow start to his NEFHL career with only 13 points in 40 games, he adds every day playing depth to the team. The Nashville brass hope that he will return to form and contribute more in the years to come.

The Predators also received Joel Broda who has just been traded to the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL. The young center already has 38 goals after only 43 games this year. The Predators see him as a gifted pivot possessing a good skating stride and excellent hands. He is a smart player on the ice and he creates offensive opportunities using his speed and vision on the ice.

Being still in the playoffs race, the Predators have not made many deals so far. With the deadline approaching, some big names could become available, starting with currently injured star defenseman Mattias Ohlund.