#3 Nashville Predators Trade for Wayne Simmonds
The Wayne Simmonds trade was one that Poile made on February 25, 2019, with the Philadelphia Flyers, in hopes to bring size into the lineup and a net front presence. How did that turn out for the Predators? Not good at all.
Ryan Hartman, a gritty winger who had a strong two-way game and brought energy to the lineup. He had been acquired from the Blackhawks the prior season and scored two goals, one a game-winner, in the 2018 postseason for the Predators.
Simmonds only played for the Predators in the 2018-19 season and was supposed to be a key part to making the playoffs and having a deep run. He underperformed to the fullest extent.
In Simmonds’ 19 games with the Predators, to include two playoff games, he had one goal and two assists. Not a very good return in which the Predators gave up Ryan Hartman.
Hartman was traded from Philadelphia to the Minnesota Wild after the 2018-19 season and has performed pretty well in recent memory. Since being traded by the Nashville Predators, Hartman has skated in 257 games and has 61 goals and 71 assists.
To add salt to the wound, Hartman scored the game-winning goal for Minnesota against the Predators earlier this week with 21 seconds remaining in the game.