July 1 usually marks the beginning of a free agency and offseason trading boom. Although 2021 may not be as usual, the first domino of the NHL offseason/expansion draft has collapsed.
The Predators traded Victor Avidson to the Kings in exchange for their second-round pick in the 2021 NHL draft and their third-round pick in the 2022 NHL draft.
Avidson spent the past seven seasons in Nashville, scoring 127 goals and 239 points in 385 games. As a fourth-round pick in 2014, he scored 30 goals twice in the 2016-17 and 2018-19 seasons. However, the often injured winger has only scored 10 goals in 50 games this season.
Although this move frees up some cap space-$4.25 million in the next three years-and provides some flexibility for the Predators who will protect who they are in the upcoming Kraken expansion draft, not everyone is on the deal. Satisfied:
Since the 28-year-old Swede came to Nashville, Philip Forberg has played with Avidson and he posted a thumbs down emoji on his Instagram story. Since it was released immediately after the news came out, it can be said that he was not excited about losing friends.
Ryan Johansen also posted nine photos of him and Avidson in his IG story, including multiple photos of the two celebrating a goal. Johnson and Avidson have been playing in Nashville since the Blue Jacket trade in January 2016.
This move may make the two predators feel sad, but heading west can help the forward find his old days and re-establish himself as a reliable scorer and special team.