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Granlund traded to Predators by Wild

Fiala goes to Nashville in exchange of forwards @NHLdotcom

Mikael Granlund was traded to the Nashville Predators by the Minnesota Wild for Kevin Fiala on Monday.

Granlund, a 26-year-old forward, has one season remaining on a three-year contract he signed Aug. 1, 2017. He has 49 points (15 goals, 34 assists) in 63 games this season.

"Granlund falls into one of those players that could be one of our top scorers, right up there with [Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson]," general manager David Poile said. "I believe his point totals in the last couple years are 69 and 67 points, and his production has been very high and very consistent. 

"There's no question that we've been looking for more secondary scoring in the last little while and wherever our coach puts Granlund, whether that's breaking up our first line or enhancing our second line, I am very confident that we're going to be more of a threat with Granlund in our lineup than we were previously."

Selected by Minnesota in the first round (No. 9) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Granlund has 317 points (93 goals, 224 assists) in 461 regular-season NHL games and 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 39 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"I have nothing but respect for [Granlund's] talent level, for the way that he's played," Wild general manager Paul Fenton said. "Certainly, he's got one more year left in his contract. For me it's a controllable contract now. It's a controllable asset that we have with Fiala, and that's the positive part of it is it gives us more flexibility."


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Fiala, a 22-year-old forward, is in the final season of a three-year, entry-level contract he signed July 15, 2014, and can become a restricted free agent July 1. He has 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in 64 games this season.

"He has a unique skill set that I think is one of the most attractive things that we have been looking for," Fenton said of Fiala. "We had all year determined that we were trying to get younger, faster, more skilled and the last couple of acquisitions have done that. So I think that he fits here for what we're doing in the future."

 Video: Wild send Granlund to Predators for Fiala

Selected by Nashville in the first round (No. 11) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Fiala has 97 points (45 goals, 52 assists) in 204 regular-season games and six points (five goals, one assist) in 18 playoff games.

The Wild (30-27-6) are one point ahead of the Colorado Avalanche for the first wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.

"I didn't make any trades that were for the future," Fenton said. "Things happen all the way through. Our team can change all the way through to next season, but for right now we're in pretty good shape I think as far as where we are going forward."

Nashville (36-23-5) is in second place in the Central Division, one point behind the Winnipeg Jets. correspondents Robby Stanley and Jessi Pierce contributed to this report

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