NHL trade deadline: Lightning land Jeannot from Predators in deal that leaves rival GMs ‘shocked’


Whether or not it was outgoing GM David Poile or former coach and incoming GM Barry Trotz who made the trade, the Nashville Predators landed a bewildering haul from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday in alternate for ahead Tanner Jeannot. Whereas this trade broadly suits the Lightning’s deadline blueprint stemming again from creatively nabbing Barclay Goodrow and Blake Coleman in 2020, it’s a transfer that actually stretches the boundaries of credibility for this being correct worth.

Then once more, is it ever really sensible to query a Bolts entrance workplace that’s nearly all the time forward of the pack? Both means, feast your eyes on this whopper of a trade.

Lightning obtain: Tanner Jeannot

Predators obtain: Cal Foote, a 2025 first-round choose (top-10 protected), a second-rounder in 2024, plus third-, fourth-, and fifth-rounders in 2023.

It’s OK in the event you want a second to let that sink in. Apparently, loads of NHL GMs want a while to carry their jaws off the ground, too.

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Lightning gamble on Jeannot being the following Coleman, Paul, Hagel

What was as soon as an outside-the-box technique with the Goodrow/Coleman additions now seems like an annual trade deadline custom for Tampa Bay.

Final season, the Lightning coughed up two conditional first-round picks for Brandon Hagel, a pleasant participant on an inexpensive contract for a number of seasons. Additionally they acquired Nick Paul, who they ultimately re-signed to a seven-year deal at about $22M (or $3.15M per yr). Each have been helpful contributors for the Lightning, particularly Hagel.

The system is easy: pay what looks like a steep sticker value in picks and prospects for depth they normally can’t afford, then reap the advantages of discount gamers. Even in the event you ignore the Lightning’s two Stanley Cups and a 3rd run to a championship spherical, these bets have paid off fairly properly on their very own.

Nevertheless, Jeannot ranks as one of many boldest bets but. There are some pink flags in regards to the undrafted 25-year-old’s recreation.

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Then once more, there are many speaking factors in Jeannot’s favor (and never simply “the Lightning are smarter than everybody else, belief them”). The rugged ahead scored 24 targets and 41 factors to go together with 130 penalty minutes final season. His manufacturing slowed in 2022-23 (5 targets, 14 factors in 56 video games) however the Lightning are seemingly banking on him mixing that sandpaper with some scoring zip. That nastiness may actually throw some meat to the workforce’s extra bloodthirsty followers:

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Predators go from zero to reboot in a weekend

In conditions like these, it’s sensible to credit score a whole entrance workplace, not simply the GM. So the “Did Poile or Trotz make this transfer?” query is (most likely, largely?) a joke.

Regardless of the case could also be, a Predators franchise seemingly caught in denial now has a bunch of gas to do a full rebuild or merely a shorter reboot. After this weekend, the Predators boast a cupboard stuffed with futures. It’s most likely best to have a look at their year-by-year holdings.

2023: All of their very own picks besides a seventh-rounder, two further third-rounders, two further fourth-rounders, and an additional fifth-rounder.

2024: All of their very own picks, plus two further second-rounders.

2025: All of their very own picks, plus that conditional first-rounder from the Lightning.

The Predators got quite the haul for Tanner Jeannot ahead of the NHL trade deadline in a deal with the Lightning. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)
The Predators received fairly the haul for Tanner Jeannot forward of the NHL trade deadline in a deal with the Lightning. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports activities)

Cal Foote ranks as an fascinating consideration, too. With 117 NHL video games beneath his belt, it is likely to be a stretch to name him a prospect, however he’s nonetheless simply 24 years previous. He carried pedigree into the NHL because the 14th choose of the 2017 NHL Draft.

Judging by his player card from Evolving Hockey, the Predators could not need to dream too huge.

That stated, the Predators seem more likely to transfer Dante Fabbro, one other 24-year-old who was a first-round choose (in 2016). Although totally different defensemen, it’s believable to image Foote changing some or all of what Fabbro brings to the desk.

As a parting observe: the Lightning positive love buying and selling Adam Foote’s youngsters, as Cal follows his brother Nolan out of Tampa Bay’s system. Nolan Foote was a part of the Coleman trade, so Tampa Bay wouldn’t thoughts if historical past repeats itself.

By the March 3 trade deadline, the Predators may theoretically add much more to their mixture of picks/prospects by buying and selling Fabbro whereas changing a few of that with Foote. Very spectacular work.

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