The Vegas Golden Knights have traded defenseman Alexei Emelin to the Nashville Predators for a 2019 3rd round pick.
The 31-year old Emelin was drafted 84th overall in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft by the Canadiens.
Pierre LeBrun: Vegas retained $1.2 million in salary.
Thoughts from the media …
Bob McKenzie: “At this point, I’d say NSH’s intention is to keep Emelin in lineup, not necessarily to set up another trade:”
AJ Haefele: “Adding Emelin gives Nashville 8 NHL D, assuming Bitetto sticks. It is Nashville so they could simply keep him.”
AJ Haefele: “Does strike me as odd that a team like NSH who spends money very carefully is adding $4M in salary to potentially be a third pairing D.”