Also off to the Music City

Paul Gaustad is heading to the Nashville Predators with a fourth round pick for a pretty hefty price tag as they sent a first round pick back to Buffalo. Once again though, you have to be a bit fixated on Nashville as they’ve picked up some solid pieces going forward.

First things first: I don’t think Paul Gaustad is worth a first round pick. To me he is a good guy to have on your third line who can occasionally fill in on your second. I’m a fan of what he bring to a team looking to grind it out deep into the playoffs, but ultimately it’s a steep price to pay.

WITH ALL OF THAT IN MIND… we realistically have to acknowledge that Nashville is saying “we’re going for it.” This team might not have Ryan Suter past this season, and they need to make it clear to their fans and their players that they are dead serious about trying to win a Stanley Cup. They have acquired good depth defenseman in Hal Gill, good secondary scoring in Andrei Kostitsyn and now a big depth center in Gaustad that immediately makes your team tougher and a much more difficult matchup. He’ll fit right into the Nashville system and should bring them closer to the big boys in the West.

They paid a lot, but I have Nashville as a trade deadline winner nonetheless.

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