Nashville Predators: Grading Their Moves (and Non-Moves) at the Trade Deadline

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Nashville Predators: Grading Their Moves (and Non-Moves) at the Trade Deadline
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The Nashville Predators were one of the NHL's busiest teams as Monday's trade deadline came to a close, with three total deals. 

The Preds entered trade season looking for a forward with top-six potential as well as an experienced defensemen. They got both, while adding one of the best face-off specialists in the league.

GM David Poile began his active February with a Feb. 17 trade with the Montreal Canadiens, shipping Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney and a 2012 second-round pick for defensemen Hal Gill and a 2012 fifth-rounder.

The one selling move they had was on Feb. 24, moving center Jerred Smithson to the Florida Panthers for a 2012 sixth-rounder. Smithson has had a long career with Nashville, ranking sixth in franchise history with 497 regular season games played, but it was hardly a fruitful career.  

On Feb. 27, trade deadline day, the Predators had the first move yet again with the Habs as they brought in Andrei Kostitsyn for two 2013 picks (second-round and conditional fifth-round). The Preds reunited brothers Andrei and Sergei, who played together for three seasons in Montreal. 

And just before the clock struck zero, Nashville made a move to bolster their depth at center by receiving Paul Gaustad and a fourth-round pick for their 2012 first-round pick. 

The Preds were one of the teams offering a large sum for Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash, but no team could match their asking price and he remained a Blue Jacket through this year's deadline.

So, how did the Predators fare in arguably their most anticipated trade season ever?

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