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Savage trade Mikael Granlund at Predators for Kevin Fiala – The Athletic

A straight-up hockey deal shakes up the core of Minnesota as Mikael Granlund's wild ship moves to the Predators in exchange for Swiss winger Kevin Fiala, who is a restricted free agent. It's just the latest in a slew of moves we've seen from Wild General Manager Paul Fenton as he looks for ways to lunge his team. Nashville meanwhile adds a real top six winger in Granlund, which should also increase the powerplay enormously.

We asked for a collection of our NHL experts at The Athletic to break down the elements of the trade. Each writer was asked to give the trade an impact rating of between 1 and 5, with one small deal and five a blockbuster. That's how they evaluated the deal and its effects:

ADAM VINGAN, Predators Reporter: The second line of the Predators badly needed an upgrade, and Granlund addresses this issue. He has a track record in constant production, and Predators coach Peter Laviolette will …

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