As the NHL comes to the trade deadline, PuckScene will take a look back each day at every trade made in Nashville Predators franchise history. Each part will represent a season. For the purposes of these stories, a season runs from July 1 to June 30.
After a rather rambunctious first two seasons in the trade column, David Poile backed off a bit in the Predators third season, but a made a move that would lead to the acquisition of a current Predator.
September 29, 2000: Nashville acquired Mark Eaton from the Flyers in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2001 NHL Draft. The pick the Predators traded was acquired from the Red Wings prior to the 2000 Draft – the Flyers used the pick to select Patrick Sharp. Eaton would play 5 years and 286 games in a Predator uniform, playing a vital part in the first two playoff seasons for the team. In 2006, he left to join the Pittsburgh Penguins as a free agent and would win a Stanley Cup in 2009.
January 12, 2001: Nashville traded Rory Fitzpatrick to the Oilers for future considerations. Fitzpatrick, who only spent 2 games with the Predators, spent his entire duration in Edmonton as a healthy scratch. Over the next 6 years, he would play 234 games with the Sabres, Flyers and most notably the Vancouver Canucks. In 2007, while a Canuck, a campaign to vote Fitzpatrick into the All Star Game via fan-balloting nearly succeeded. “Vote For Rory” saw Fitzpatrick earn 550,177 fan votes and finish in third place in the Western Conference voting despite having zero goals and several healthy scratches..
February 1, 2001: Nashville traded Brantt Myhres to the Capitals for future considerations. Myrhes had played 20 games in Nashville, collecting 0 points and 28 penalty minutes. He would play just 6 more games in his NHL career – 5 with Washington and 1 with the Bruins – before retiring with the United Kingdom’s Newcastle Vipers.
March 7, 2001: Acquired Bert Robertsson from the Rangers in exchange for Ryan Tobler. Robertsson never played a game for Nashville. Tobler would eventually appear in 4 NHL games with the Lightning in 2001-02, recording one fighting major.
March 9, 2001: Acquired the Thrashers’ second-round pick in the 2001 NHL Draft from Vancouver for Drake Berehowsky. The Predators pick was used to select Timofei Shishkanov. Shishkanov would appear in just 2 games for the Predators and be held scoreless. However, he was a 20-goal scorer on Milwaukee’s 2005 Calder Cup winning team and part of a crucial deadline deal in 2006. Berehowsky would play 120 more NHL games with the Canucks, Coyotes, Penguins and Maple Leafs. He is currently an assistant coach with the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen.
May 24, 2001: The Predators acquired Mikhail Chernov from the Flyers in exchange for Mike Watt. Chernov returned to Russia for the 2001-02 season and has not returned. Watt, who had played 18 games with the Predators in the 2000-01 season, played in 5 more NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2002-03.
June 23-24, 2001: In yet another trade with the Flyers, The Predators acquired a Philadelphia’s fourth-round pick in the 2001 NHL Draft from in exchange for a fourth-round, fifth-round and seventh-round pick. Nashville then used that selection to take Jordin Tootoo with the 98th overall pick. Tootoo played the next two seasons with his junior team, the Brandon Wheat Kings, before suiting up with the Predators on opening night in 2003. On that night, Tootoo became the first person of Inuit descent to play in a National Hockey League game. He would play 70 games during that season, racking up 137 penalty minutes. In 2004-05, he would help the Milwaukee Admirals win the Calder Cup during the NHL lockout, but in 2005-06, he would struggle to stay on the Predators roster, playing just 34 games in Nashville. However, on opening night of 2006, Tootoo cracked Nashville’s roster permanently and has remained a fixture over the past 6 seasons. In his time with Nashville, Tootoo has played in over 450 games, scored 120 points and racked up almost 700 minutes in assists. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in penalty minutes