Let the not so blockbuster trades keep on coming! The Nashville Predators have acquired Stefan Elliott from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Victor Bartley. Not too long after the fact, Bartley was packaged with NHL All-Star John Scott to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Jarred Tinordi and Stefan Fournier. So, the very turbulent 2015-16 season for Bartley just keeps on rolling.
To put some perspective on the last two days, the Milwaukee Admirals have lost two defensemen in exchange for two defensemen with the catch being that the new additions are right handed shots. The Admirals only right handed shot on defense was Taylor Aronson up until yesterday. Then they added another one in Patrick Mullen. And now they’ve added yet another in Elliott. Could it simply be that these last two days the Predators have had the Admirals best interests in mind? Weirdly, it kind of feels like it because I don’t exactly see these moves registering much on the Nashville radar.
If Elliott is a familiar sounding name to you Admirals fans it is because he has spent the majority of his professional playing career to this point as a member of the Lake Erie Monsters. Coincidentally, should he debut for the Admirals tonight or more likely tomorrow night, he would be playing against his ol’ Colorado Avalanche’s AHL affiliate under their latest banner as the San Antonio Rampage. Elliott’s next game played in the AHL will be his 200th game and he has scored 95 points (43 goals, 52 assists). Last season for Lake Erie he totaled 40 points (19 goals, 21 assists) in 64 games.