NHL Rumors: Capitals & Predators Tried To Do 1-For-1 Deal With Two Star Players

In the midst of the NHL offseason, both the Washington Capitals and the Nashville Predators were involved in trade discussions involving their respective players, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Matt Duchene.

Reports suggested that the Capitals and Predators explored a potential swap between the two players, but negotiations ultimately fell through.

Meanwhile, the Predators decided to buy out Duchene's contract and subsequently signed Ryan O'Reilly as a free agent.

Although there was initial interest in reuniting Kuznetsov with his former coach, Barry Trotz, concerns about Kuznetsov's recent performance decline and inconsistent play arose.

With Kuznetsov's substantial contract and a lack of interest from the Capitals, the Predators shifted their focus and secured O'Reilly, whose skill set was deemed a better fit for their needs.

The Predators hope that O'Reilly's addition will strengthen their lineup as they aim to secure a spot in the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs.

While trade discussions and player evaluations are subject to change, the Capitals and Predators continue to keep a close eye on the trade market, remaining open to exploring other potential deals.

Both teams are eager to make moves that will enhance their rosters ahead of the upcoming season. Photo Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports