Maple Leafs Trade Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli To Predators

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February 15, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators have traded with the Toronto Maple Leafs, bringing back defenseman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli as they try to boost a team that already is sitting atop the NHL standings.

In the deal announced by the Predators on Sunday, Toronto receives Nashville’s first-round pick in June’s draft along with forwards Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen, who has been a healthy scratch in recent games for the Predators.

General manager David Poile says in a statement the Predators wanted to add both a veteran defenseman who could play in all situations along with a proven forward who could play anywhere in the lineup. They wound up getting both in the same deal with players in the prime of their careers well before the trade deadline.

The Predators drafted both Franson and Santorelli.

Thumbnail photo via Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Maple Leafs center Daniel Winnik celebrates his tying goal in the third period with center Mike Santorelli and defenseman Cody Franson against the New York Rangers at Air Canada Centre on Feb. 10, 2015.
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