The Nashville Predators acquired 36-year-old forward Vernon Fiddler from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a fourth-round 2017 NHL Draft pick.
Fiddler played for the Predators from 2006-2009 and scored 11 regular season goals in each of his three seasons with the club.
Here is the news via the Predators:
Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has acquired forward Vernon Fiddler from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2017 Entry Draft.
Fiddler, 36 (5/9/80), has appeared in 857 NHL games over parts of 14 seasons with Nashville, Phoenix (Arizona), Dallas and New Jersey. He has recorded 260 points (103g-157a) in his career, including three points (1g-2a) in 39 games with the Devils this season. The Edmonton, Alberta, native earned an assist on a third-period goal on Dec. 3, 2016, against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena.
Originally signed by Nashville in 2002 as an undrafted free agent, Fiddler spent six seasons with the Predators from 2002-09, totaling 93 points (45g-48a) in 305 games. He earned a career-high 32 points (11g-21a) with the Preds in 2007-08.
Fidler has averaged 12:14 of ice time per game with the Devils this season. He’s also averaged over two-minutes per game on the penalty kill with New Jersey.
It’s been a pretty busy Saturday for David Poile and the Preds as Roman Josi was activated from injured reserve, Mike Ribeiro cleared waivers and was sent to AHL Milwaukee and now Fiddler has been added to the club.
Oh, and the whole playing the Red Wings in an hour, that’s happening too.