Friedman on Predators: ‘I think they were in on Stone too’

The Predators weren’t able to secure Mark Stone via trade, but they did add a veteran winger who may rise to the occasion this spring.

Elliotte Friedman had a Monday afternoon radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, a little over three hours after the trade deadline had passed.

With the Predators having added Wayne Simmonds from the Philadelphia Flyers and Mikael Granlund from the Minnesota Wild, the Insider was asked for his thoughts on Nashville’s team moving forward.

“Fiala they were really disappointed with this year,” noted Friedman. “Granlund is a really interesting guy. He’s a really talented guy. In the playoffs, he hasn’t been great.

“The other one too there is Simmonds. I think they were in on Stone too. I think they had that Simmonds deal in the back pocket, and when the Stone one didn’t work out, they went and they made the deal for Simmonds.

“I think Simmonds will be rejuvenated there. He played in Philly under Laviolette. I think that’ll help, there’s a familiarity there between player and coach. I think he’ll be rejuvenated by the stage of Nashville in the playoff run.”

Simmonds is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, while Granlund has another season remaining beyond 2018-19 on his three-year, $17.25 million contract.

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