Jets bulk up offense, purchase RW Niederreiter from Predators

The Nashville Predators traded proper wing Nino Niederreiter to the Winnipeg Jets for a second-round draft decide in 2024, each groups introduced on Saturday.

Niederreiter, 30, was signed by the Predators as a free agent final season to a two-year, $8 million contract. He had 18 objectives and 10 assists in 56 video games for Nashville, averaging 16 minutes, 3 seconds in ice time per sport.

He was acquired to bolster what basic supervisor David Poile hoped can be a playoff contender this season. But Nashville was seven factors out of the ultimate wild-card spot within the Western Conference on Saturday and just lately misplaced high middle Ryan Johansen for round three months following leg surgical procedure.

Niederreiter has 396 factors in 788 video games throughout 12 NHL seasons, having beforehand performed for the New York Islanders, Minnesota Wild and Carolina Hurricanes.

The Jets had been in pursuit of San Jose Sharks star proper wing Timo Meier, however this commerce doubtless indicators the top of that chase. Winnipeg didn’t have a 2023 second-round decide, having traded that decide to the Washington Capitals within the Brenden Dillon commerce in 2021.

The first aim Niederreiter scores as a Jets participant would be the 2 hundredth of his profession.

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