The Los Angeles Kings have acquired Victor Arvidsson from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a pair of draft picks.
Hints of the deal were first reported by Elliotte Friedman early this morning and MayorsManor was able to gather the final details.
Something to keep an eye on: hearing LA/NASH have been working on a Viktor Arvidsson deal. Should get clarity today.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2021
LA Kings trade for Viktor Arvidsson is done. Two draft picks going back to the Preds, a 2021 second rounder and a third round pick in 2022.
More to come on @MayorsManor shortly.
— John Hoven | The Mayor (@mayorNHL) July 1, 2021
LA had two second round picks this year to work with, their own and one they received from Las Vegas in the Alec Martinez deal. This trade for Arvidsson involved the Kings 2021 selection (No. 40), so they’re still holding the other pick at No. 49.
Arvidsson is signed for three more seasons with a cap hit of $4.25M.
He’s a 28 year old forward with a right shot, something LA wanted to address this offseason. Arvidsson also checks one of the two key boxes GM Rob Blake was looking to address, which is adding two legit forwards with NHL experience. Originally drafted by Nashville in 2014, Arvidsson has played 385 games in Nashville since making his debut one year later. He averaged more than 30 goals from 2017-19 before an injury shortened season in 2019-20. During 2021, he had 25 points in 50 games for the Predators.
Arvidsson has earned a medal all three times he’s represented his native Sweden on the international stage – including a gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, where he was teammates with Adrian Kempe and Lias Andersson.
Regarding the upcoming Seattle Expansion Draft, Arvidsson will most likely replace Carl Grundstrom on the Kings protected list.
In an interesting tidbit for a player who has been in the Central Division his whole career, Arvidsson has scored more goals against San Jose than any other NHL team. He has 10 goals in 12 games played vs. the Sharks.
He wore No. 33 in Nashville. With Toby Bjornfot currently wearing the number in LA, we’ll await word to see if he’s keeping it or if perhaps the two Swedes can broker a deal and Arvidsson can take it over. Willie Mitchell was recently on Kings Of The Podcast talking up the special powers of that number.
As for where Arvidsson slots into the LA lineup, it’s a bit too soon to tell, as Blake isn’t done tweaking the roster just yet. In Nashville, Arvidsson was most often on the top line with Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen. He was fifth overall in ice time among the Preds forwards and had the best CF% on the team.
This looks to be a fantastic deal for LA in a number of ways, including giving up extra assets for a player that should instantly add depth, experience, and offense to their 2021-22 lineup. To not give up a single prospect in the deal is even better. That leaves Blake more assets to work with for other potential deals, both this summer and over the next 12 months.
More to come soon. We will be constantly updating this throughout the day.
Part II of our trade coverage can be found here:
Fitting Arvidsson Into the Kings Opening Night Lineup, Plus Other Trade Fallout
Love the trade for the Kings. Great bet. Arvidsson scored 31, 29 and 34 goals from 2017-2019, then dipped to 15 and 10 last two years.
He averaged 3.18 shots/game and 13.6sh% in 17-19.
Then averaged 2.53 shot/game and 8.9sh% last two years.
Can easily see him bounce back to 20G
— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) July 1, 2021
The #LAKings acquired 28 RW Viktor Arvidsson (Yr 5/7 $4.25M Cap Hit) from #Preds for '21 2nd & '22 3rd
-10G 25P in 50GP
-On ice 59.6% 5v5 GF, 53.7% DFF (+5.5% rel team), 53.7% Corsi (+5.7% rel)
-Scored 1.52 5v5 P/60
-Rep'd by Kurt Overhardt @KOSportsInc https://t.co/nuu7dNtfcL
— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) July 1, 2021
#Preds Filip Forsberg just now on Instagram… pic.twitter.com/ILfzr1oABx
— Kayla Anderson (@KaylaAndersonTV) July 1, 2021
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Douglas Sun says
Not bad, not bad at all. My only concern is the timing, since it will mean leaving open to Seattle a forward that they really would rather not lose. Still, the risk is probably not too great, since Seattle can only take one player from the Kings. And I’m sure there are reasons why it couldn’t wait until after the expansion draft.
I’m having flashbacks to the early days of LA Kings Insider when some of the commenters were yelling at Dean Lombardi to just trade for an established 30-goal scorer already — as if it was the easiest thing in the world to find one and then persuade his team to part with him at a reasonable price. Well, Blake just pulled it off. Not bad at all.
The problem is, people seem to think the Predators go the (8 skaters) option, and would now protect Forsberg, Sissons, Jarnkrok, and Granlund. If this trade were to happen after expansion, it would mean Seattle doesn’t take Arvidsson, which they likely would.
brian smith says
i feel your two points are related, and that Arvidsson was available because Nashville is pinched by the expansion draft and decided to move an asset they risked loosing to Seattle. If not for that than getting a 30-goal guy would have been as hard for Blake as it was for Dean.
Good work by Blake to get him without giving up a roster player or prospect.
This sets up “The Swede” line if one of the players can move to center.
Joseph Fester says
Great value for what was given up. I am most interested in how Ardvinsson will impact the cadre of Swedish players in the Kings organization, both in LA on ONT. This trade will unlock more moves.
Tyler Durden says
What talking head actually had this trade on their radar?
John Hoven says
Friedman had mentioned the Predators were listing to offers a few days ago. This came after Arvidsson’s name was out there earlier this year in trade talk.
TFP also had him as No. 11 on their trade board: https://www.thefourthperiod.com/summer-trade-watch-2021
If we could possibly sign Landeskog, those 2 would meet our current forward needs
without sacrificing a prospect.
I’d still love to draft Carson Lambos; Maybe we could trade DOWN a few spots
and get another asset, and still get Lambos in mid-1st round.
JMO, but that would be sweet.