Ryan Hartman walked out of the Predators locker room Monday morning with a grin decorating his face.
“No flat tires this morning,” the Predators forward said in reference to his crazy trade-deadline day experience last year.
“You didn’t hang any TVs last night, did you?” a reporter asked.
“Nope,” Hartman said before retiring to the showers down the hall.
According to reports, turns out Hartman was dealt anyway Monday, this time as part of a deal with the Flyers for Wayne Simmonds. The Predators sent Hartman and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2020 to Philadelphia for Simmonds. That pick turns into a third-round pick if the Predators win in the first round of the playoffs this year.
Moments before this trade, the Predators acquired Mikael Granlund from the Wild for Kevin Fiala.
Hartman, who has 10 goals and 10 assists this season, will be restricted free agent after this season.
Simmonds, who has 16 goals and 11 assists for the Flyers and figures to help boost the Predators’ power play, will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Predators coach Peter Laviolette on the NHL trade deadline
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