Vernon Fiddler rejoins Predators in trade from Devils

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Nashville Predators left wing Colin Wilson, left, and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nick Jensen (3) battle for the puck during the third period on Feb. 4, 2017.  Mark Zaleski, AP Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) hits Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) with his stick during the third period on Feb. 4, 2017. Smith was penalized for high-sticking on the play.  Mark Zaleski, AP Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) congratulates goalie Petr Mrazek (34) after defeating the Nashville Predators 1-0 on Feb. 4, 2017.  Mark Zaleski, AP Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (34) stops a shot by Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen during the third period on Feb. 4, 2017.  Mark Zaleski, AP Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (38) collides with Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) during the third period on Feb. 4, 2017.  Mark Zaleski, AP Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (34) blocks a shot by Nashville Predators right wing James Neal (18) during the third period on Feb. 4, 2017.  Mark Zaleski, AP Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen, center, falls to the ice after having his shot blocked by Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek, left, during the third period on Feb. 4, 2017.  Mark Zaleski, AP Detroit Red Wings right wing Gustav Nyquist (14) maneuvers the puck between the legs of Nashville Predators defenseman Matt Irwin during the second period on Feb. 4, 2017.  Mark Zaleski, AP Detroit Red Wings right wing Gustav Nyquist (14) and Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (38) chase the puck during the second period on Feb. 4, 2017.  Mark Zaleski, AP Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) moves the puck past Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) during the second period on Feb. 4, 2017.  Mark Zaleski, AP Nashville Predators left wing Cody McLeod (55) scuffles with Detroit Red Wings players during the first period on Feb. 4, 2017.  Mark Zaleski, AP Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (52) and Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (38) fight for the puck during the first period on Feb. 4, 2017.  Mark Zaleski, AP Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) blocks a shot by Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha (39) as Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm (14) defends during the first period on Feb. 4, 2017.  Mark Zaleski, AP Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (34) deflects a shot by Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (38) during the first period on Feb. 4, 2017.  Mark Zaleski, AP Detroit Red Wings‘ Anthony Mantha (39), Danny DeKeyser (65) and Mike Green, right, celebrate after Green scored a goal against the Nashville Predators during the first period on Feb. 4, 2017.  Mark Zaleski, AP

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The Predators traded for Devils forward Vernon Fiddler on Saturday.(Photo: Charles LeClaire / USA TODAY Sports)

The Predators acquired veteran forward Vernon Fiddler from the New Jersey Devils on Saturday evening in exchange for a 2017 fourth-round draft pick.

Fiddler, 36, began his NHL career in Nashville, playing 305 games for the Predators across six seasons (2002-09) and totaling 93 points. He has played for the Coyotes, Stars and Devils over the past seven-plus seasons. Fiddler, who is playing on a one-year contract worth $1.25 million, has three points in 39 games this season.

“He‘s been here before, and he‘s a good hockey player,” Predators captain Mike Fisher said. “He can do a lot of things well. I think he‘s going to fit into our lineup really, really well.”

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The trade should strengthen the Predators‘ center depth, with Fiddler presumably filling the fourth-line role. Ryan Johansen, Fisher and Calle Jarnkrok recently have been in the middle of the first, second and third lines, respectively.

“He‘s played in the league a long time,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said, also mentioning that Fiddler gives the team a left-handed center, which they didn‘t have. “He‘s a good defensive player, penalty killer, more of a role-type player. But I think (he‘s) a good fit as we head toward the playoffs.”

Nashville will need to make a corresponding move in order to fit Fiddler on its active roster. The team is currently at 24 players, one more than the league maximum. Forward Derek Grant, claimed off waivers last month, is the most logical candidate, having not played since Jan. 22.

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