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Lauzon traded to Predators by Kraken

Nashville receives second-round pick in 2022 draft for defenseman

NHL.com @NHLdotcom
 March 20, 2022
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Jeremy Lauzon was traded to the Nashville Predators by the Seattle Kraken on Sunday for a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

The 24-year-old defenseman is in the final season of a two-year, $1.7 million contract ($850,000 average annual value) he signed with the Boston Bruins on Feb. 14, 2020. He can become a restricted free agent after the season.

 

Lauzon has scored six points (one goal, five assists) in 53 games this season after being selected by Seattle in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. He also led the team with 176 hits.

 

"Jeremy brought a physical edge to our blue line, and we are thankful for his contributions to our team," Kraken general manager Ron Francis said. "We wish him well in Nashville."

 

 

Selected by the Bruins in the second round (No. 52) of the 2015 NHL Draft, Lauzon has scored 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 129 regular-season games, and no points in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

 

Nashville (36-22-4) is tied for third in the Central Division, one point behind the St. Louis Blues for second, and 17 points behind the Colorado Avalanche for first.

Seattle (19-38-6) is tied for last in the Western Conference and one point ahead of the Montreal Canadiens for last in the NHL.

 

Earlier in the day, the Kraken traded defenseman Mark Giordano and forward Colin Blackwell to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a second-round pick in the 2022 draft, a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, and a third-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. They also traded forward Mason Appleton to the Winnipeg Jets for a fourth-round pick in the 2023 draft.

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20 minutes ago, TropicalFruitGirl26 said:

Also, is it just me, or does Seattle feel like they are "giving back" all the players they poached from other teams in the expansion draft?? 😄

 

Their expansion draft was terrible, so I guess it was time for them to assume they are a "real" expansion team and go with the plan B.

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15 minutes ago, Math said:

 

Their expansion draft was terrible, so I guess it was time for them to assume they are a "real" expansion team and go with the plan B.

 

I suppose so.
GM's were a lot more prepared for expansion poaching this time around.
Of course, I also think McPhee in Vegas is far more wily as an executive than Francis is, so there is that.

And not to be lost, is the original topic here.
Jeremy Louzon.

The prototypical Nashville type defenseman.
Unspectacular, gets the job done, good addition for the Preds who have surprised many (myself included) who thought they would be fighting with Chicago to stay just ahead of the Coyotes.

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Jérémy Lauzon was baby-sitted by the Bruins, so he was at a good school. I guess the Preds were trying to find a replacement to be injured Borowiecki.

 

With Deslauriers in Minnesota and Lauzon in Nashville, play-off teams in the Central are definitely trying to get tougher to secure the postseason spot.

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