By Carter Brooks
Photo by Will Borys
The Nashville Predators made two depth trades Wednesday morning in preparation for their expected playoff run.
After acquiring veteran centreman Brian Boyle from the New Jersey Devils, Nashville re-acquired longtime Colorado Avalanche winger Cody McLeod from the New York Rangers. The Predators sent a 2020 seventh-round selection to New York in exchange for the gritty Manitoban.
The move comes as a bit of a surprise, as the Predators had earlier placed the Binscarth, MB. native on Waivers in the 2017-18 season. The New York Rangers picked the 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward up off the waiver wire, where he played 25 games to finish off the season.
McLeod then re-upped with New York in the off-season on a one-year deal. Although suffering a broken hand in a fight in mid-November, McLeod did find his way into 31 contests with the Rangers in 2018-19, before being traded to Nashville. Now with both McLeod and Boyle, the Preds have certainly made it clear that they are looking to make a statement in the playoffs, which may serve as some concern for their Central Division rival, and likely playoff matchup Winnipeg Jets.
Through 12 NHL seasons, McLeod has 72 goals, 127 points and a whopping 1,623 penalty minutes over the course of 769 regular season NHL contests. Both McLeod and Boyle are expected to dress for the Predators Thursday night in Nashville's home game against the Dallas Stars.