Maple Leafs, Predators involved in a four-player trade

By Anthony Caruso III on February 15, 2015, 11:08 AM EST

Just days after the Winnipeg Jets made a huge deal, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made their first trade this season. There was speculation that Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf would be the first to go.

However, that was not the case. The team has sent Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators.

Cody Franson (Getty Images)

Cody Franson (Getty Images)

In exchange, the Maple Leafs will receive the Predators 2015 first round pick, Brendan Leipsic, and Olli Jokinen.

The Predators general manager Dave Poile has released the following statement about the trade:

In preparation for the 2015 playoff run, our goal was to add veteran defenseman who could play in all situations and a proven forward who could move up and down lineup based on the situation.

We were fortunate to do this in the same transaction with players who are in the prime of their careers more than two weeks before the Trade Deadline in order to give them more time to contribute and gel with their teammates.

Both Cody and Mike were drafted, developed and began their NHL careers here. They know our organization and still have former teammates and friends on the roster. We are fully confident that they will seamlessly fit into our team.

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