Found April 04, 2013 on The Predatorial:
Photo Credit: Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images Trade deadline 2013 was a day of shock and jubilation for most Nashville Predators fans. First and foremost, the tumultuous and medicore Scott Hannan era drew to a close.  Hannan was jettisoned off to San Jose, and get this: they gave us a draft pick for him!  Can you believe it? Riding that high alone, social media seemed to be of the consensus that while seeing the Blue Jackets and Wild celebrate with their shiny new toys may have plucked the strings of envy a bit, standing mostly pat was the right move for the Predators.  Going into the day, most believed that at most, there may have been a Jan Hlavac\Shane Hnidy tweak. So when a buzz began to build in the hour after the deadline passed that the Washington Capitals were still working on completing a deal, and that it potentially involved the Predators, it was met with a healthy measure of shock.  The expected “WEBER FOR OVECHKIN?!” and “KOSTITSYN FOR WARD?!” conjecture was rampant, but the actual trade was perhaps even more unexpected than that: Martin Erat and popular farmhand Mike Latta for Filip Forsberg.  Browsing my timeline in the 3 PM hour should give you a pretty good measure of the stunned jubilation. If you read my posts or tweets with any regularity, you know that I’m something of a prospect nut.  With that reputation, I’ve had quite a few inquiries in the last day about the sort of player that Filip Forsberg projects to be.  I will get to that, but I feel that I first need to eulogize Martin Erat, and what his departure means to the Nashville Predators. I’ll start by making a brief statement about the dynamic of the trade itself.  There’s a fair bit of Marty-bashing going on out there.  Some of it reasonable, some of it not.  I firmly believe that Martin Erat had a right to ask for a change of scenery.  Sometimes for reasons on or off the ice, it just doesn’t “work” for a player or a team anymore.  With that said, I would have liked to see a bit more decorum exercised by someone that the coaching staff has honored with an ‘A.’  I get that Erat doesn’t believe in the direction that the team is going, or doesn’t think it will happen in the remaining span of his productive years, but let’s be realistic: he’s moving from a team that’s in a 1-3 point logjam of almost-playoff teams to a team that’s in essentially the same situation.  I just don’t get that aspect of his request.  I would find it a lot easier to respect him if he could have toughed it out until the offseason.  But in the end, it worked out pretty well for Nashville, and as they say…sometimes the end justifies the means. I get the impression that David Poile agrees, reading between the lines of his press conference.  Maybe it’s best that a malcontented player makes the hastiest exit possible, anyway. As many others have stated, there’s no doubt that Erat’s exit makes the Predators a weaker team in the immediate present.  Even if you disregard his inconsistency this season, the seemingly stark regression in ability, he’s been our steadiest offensive presence in the last 5 or so seasons.  The trade will make it that much more difficult to make the playoffs this season, but I’ve spoken pretty frankly over the last month: it probably wasn’t going to happen, anyway. So throwing out this season and examining the big picture, it’s important to view trading Martin Erat as a philosophical shift.  The fact that this has looked to be a “not our year” season since shortly after the puck dropped in January has never depressed me. Even the idea of finishing 10th and drafting 12th has only moderately bummed me out.  In the back of my mind, the thing that troubled me the most was that axis around which the team has long been built seemed unlikely to change any time soon.  I felt concerned that the core of the team, a core that has been pretty good in a pretty consistent fashion for several years –but a core that’s not getting any younger– was going to get a few more futile kicks at the can. It’s not that Martin Erat, or even David Legwand and Mike Fisher, are bad players.  I think that all three have contributed in yeoman fashion, and that the latter two will continue to do so.  However, I felt that as long as those three were the centerpieces of the offense, it was never going to get over the hump.  Ideally, players like these are complementary and every team needs to fill that role, Predators included.  With that said, as long as all three of those players were present on the roster, it basically guaranteed that at least 50 percent of the top six was occupied.  I would say that constitutes an offensive “core.” With the trade of Erat, it signifies that there’s a paradigm shift in place, perhaps for the first time in 3 or 4 years, when the “old guard” of Dumont/Arnott/Sullivan began phasing out.  To me, the Predators offense in the next 2-3 seasons becomes less about Erat, Legwand, Fisher–and more about Wilson, Bourque, Forsberg, Aberg, Watson, Beck.  Poile alluded to this in his press conference to discuss the trade.  The Predators can build around three key defensive pieces: Weber, Josi, Klein, as well as one of the best goaltenders in the league in Pekka Rinne.  From this point, however, the offense is no longer going to be centered around an offensive core that hasn’t succeeded to this point. To me, that’s a pretty exciting prospect. SPEAKING OF EXCITING PROSPECTS (segue gold), Filip Forsberg…is one.  In the history of the Predators franchise, this is possibly the most skilled player to hit the pipeline since prodigal Alexander Radulov.  There’s a fair bit of player-assassination going on among Capitals fans today, but I think it’s more about rationalization than anything.  George McPhee is most likely going to be fired if the Capitals miss the playoffs, and so he threw a hail mary, trading a legitimate blue-chip prospect for a short term boost.  From his perspective, if the Capitals make the playoffs this year and next, it’s a win for them.  However, that’s not to say that the long game won’t go to the Predators, as it very likely will.  Besides, Lucas Bergman may be the crown jewel of the Predators’ European scouting team, finding overlooked gems like Patric Hornqvist, Anders Lindback, Mattias Ekholm, Patric Cehlin, and potentially Simon Fernholm.  I tend to trust his judgment over a scouting team that drafted such pearls as Joe Finley and Sasha Pokulok.  I think reports that the Capitals scouting staff/front office “soured” on Forsberg in the span of 9 months has more to do with damage control among an irate fanbase. Justifiably so. Filip Forsberg, had I written a draft primer last season, would likely have been my second-ranked forward, behind only first-overall-pick Nail Yakupov.  Central Scouting/International Scouting Services agreed.  Forsberg is strongest at center, but depending on organizational need, can also play right wing.  Trotz may like to use him at center due to his physicality and defensive responsibility.  Forsberg can play in all situations– power play, penalty kill, and a healthy amount of even strength minutes.  He’s the sort of player that you want to have out in the last minute, whether you’re up a goal or down a goal.  He’s primarily a sniper/goalscorer, but he’s got some nice passing ability as well. As comparisons go, if Forsberg were in the upcoming draft (see my thoughts on that here), I would probably place him third on my personal Predators draft board, and fourth overall– behind Mackinnon and Drouin, ahead of Barkov and Monahan). On a less esoteric level, I think he compares favorably to Corey Perry or Anze Kopitar.  He’s not as nasty physically as Perry or as big as Kopitar, but there are a lot of stylistics resemblances. Forsberg’s weakness is likely his footspeed.  He doesn’t have a very high top gear, nor is his acceleration great–but I do believe it’s something he could improve, with work.  I think that his skill and hockey IQ are more than enough to compensate. I should caution not to put the cart ahead of the NHL impact horse, but I think that the Predators will try to get Forsberg to North America sooner rather than later, and I don’t expect much–if any–stay in Milwaukee. Filip Forsberg could be the franchise forward that has eluded the Predators and their fans since the franchise’s existence. No pressure though, Flip. -JN As always, you can follow me on Twitter @PredatorialJN

Surprise move lands top prospect Filip Forsberg for Predators

Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile appeared to be having a rather quiet day at the trade deadline until a surprising move was announced well after the 2 p.m. deadline had passed.Nashville picked up a top offensive prospect in Filip Forsberg in exchange for career Predator Marty Erat and prospect Michael Latta.Earlier in the day, Poile had shipped defenseman Scott...

Capitals get Erat from Predators for Forsberg

The Washington Capitals have acquired right wing Martin Erat and minor leaguer Michael Latta from the Nashville Predators for 2012 first-round draft pick Filip Forsberg. Erat leads the Predators with 17 assists and is tied for the first on the club with 21 points this season. He's played all 723 of his NHL games with Nashville, and ranks second in team history with 163 goals...

BREAKING: Scott Hannan traded to San Jose for 2013 Conditional 6th/7th round draft selection

Per multiple sources, Hannan has officially been traded to the San Jose Sharks. Nashville, in return, will acquire a conditional 6th/7th round draft selection from San Jose in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Nashville sends Hannan to San Jose for a conditional 67th round pick. #tradecentre — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 3, 2013 And per David Pollak.. #SJSharks conditional deal...

Capitals Get Erat, Trade Forsberg by   TheHockeyHouse

Washington Capitals Press Release ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired forwards Martin Erat (mahr-TIHN EE-rat) and Michael Latta (MIGH-kuhl LA-tuh) from the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Filip Forsberg, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.   Erat, 31, has recorded 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) and 26 penalty minutes [...]

Report: Preds deal Hannan to San Jose

Today the Predators dealt defenseman Scott Hannan to the Sharks in exchange for a draft pick...

BREAKING: Martin Erat/Michael Latta traded to the Capitals for Filip Forsberg

News broke just moments ago that Erat and Latta had been traded to Washington for Forsberg. Here is the release from Nashville’s PR department: “Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired forward Filip Forsberg from the Washington Capitals in exchange for forwards Martin Erat and Michael Latta. Forsberg...

How The Caps’ Forsberg-For-Erat Deal Was Stressful And Sad

There are substantive analyses of yesterday’s Erat-Forsberg deal, and then there’s this by Mr. Irrelevant Caps correspondent Brad Parker. Enjoy. Most of you have lives, jobs, families and friends. For those and countless other reasons you probably didn’t spend Wednesday afternoon feverishly refreshing your Twitter feed for the latest NHL trade news. Luckily for you, I did...

Nashville Send Scott Hannan To San Jose

Nashville sends Hannan to San Jose for a conditional 6\7th round pick. #tradecentre — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 3, 2013 added 12:49pm,   #SJSharks conditional deal for Hannan: NSH gets 7th round pick, but if he sees action in a playoff game, that moves up to 6th. — David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) April 3, 2013

Hannan traded to San Jose

(Photo by: Dinur Blum/Getty Images) The Nashville Predators have traded defenseman Scott Hannan to the San Jose Sharks for a conditional 7th round pick. Hannan will return to the team where he started his career with and played for from the 1998-99 season through 2006-07. Hannan is 34 and signed a one year deal during the summer. However, because of his lack of play...

Raffi Torres, Scott Hannan won’t make Sharks debuts vs. Flames on Friday

The two newest Sharks won’t be making their debuts with the team on Friday at home vs. the Flames. Acquired in a pair of deals on Wednesday before the league’s trade deadline, Raffi Torres and Scott Hannan won’t be in the lineup because of health reasons. Hannan, as we previously mentioned, has been out since March 17 with an upper body injury and will need to miss more time...

Scott Hannan Traded To San Jose by   Steven Ellis

In a somewhat partial attempt to create deadline excitement, the Nashville Predators have traded defenseman Scott Hannan to the San Jose Sharks in return for a conditional 7th round pick. In 78 games with Calgary last season, Hannan had 2 goals and 10 helpers. He was a -10 and spent 38 minutes in the penalty box. [...]

Sharks acquire Torres, Hannan

The San Jose Sharks added some toughness and defensive depth at the trade deadline Wednesday by dealing draft picks to acquire forward Raffi Torres from Phoenix and defenseman Scott Hannan from Nashville. The Coyotes received a third-round pick in this year's draft for Torres while the Predators will get either a sixth or seventh-rounder for Hannan. After starting the lead...

Sharks acquire Raffi Torres, Scott Hannan in pair of trades

Turns out Doug Wilson wasn’t done dealing when he traded Ryane Clowe on Tuesday. The Sharks added a pair of players in two separate deals before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline. First, San Jose received defenseman Scott Hannan from the Predators for a conditional seventh-round pick in this year’s draft. The pick becomes a sixth-rounder if Hannan, who has a grand total of zero...

Stop the Music…. The Marty Party is over.

As the NHL trade deadline expired, it appeared that Preds GM David Poile had chosen to keep the roster almost entirely in tact, only trading D Scott Hannan to the SJ Sharks for a 7th round conditional draft pick in 2013. In the minutes just after the deadline, the NHL Network announced there was a trade involving the Washington Capitals ...
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