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Nashville Predators Trade Felix Girard To Colorado Avalanche In Exchange For Cody McLeod

Didn’t see that one coming.

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Nashville Predators have made a trade.

The Predators announced on Friday that they have traded forward Felix Girard to the Avalanche in exchange for forward Cody McLeod.

This, via the Predators:

Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the club has acquired forward Cody McLeod from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Felix Girard.

McLeod, 32 (6/26/84), has appeared in 659 games over 10 NHL seasons, all with Colorado, amassing 1,359 penalty minutes and 117 points (66g-51a). The Binscarth, Manitoba native has played in 28 games for the Avalanche this season and recorded 52 penalty minutes. He notched his first point of the season on Dec. 31 vs. the Rangers with a goal at 1:59 of the first period.

Originally signed by Colorado in 2006 as an undrafted free agent, McLeod has recorded eight fighting majors this season, fourth-most in the NHL. He led the League in fighting majors in 2015-16 with 12.

McLeod is a guy that drops the mitts quite often. In 28 games with the Avs this season he has eight fighting majors according to HockeyFights. The 32-year-old has had at least 12 fights in each of the last three seasons and it seems like he’ll hat that number again this year.

McLeod dropped exchanged pleasantries with Austin Watson back in November.

McLeod’s best year came during the 2008-09 season scoring 15 goals and adding five helpers in 79 games with the Avs.

It’s an interesting move made by the Preds adding an enforcer-type player to the mix. He is averaging just 5:52 of ice time per night and hasn’t seen any action on special teams this season.