Minnesota Wild trades Žoltoks to Nashville

Sergejs Žoltoks, a Latvia-born center for the Minnesota Wild hockey team, has been traded to the Nashville Predators along with another player, the team announced March 5.

The St. Paul, Minn.-based Wild traded the 31-year-old Žoltoks and defenseman Brad Bombardir in return for third and fourth round National Hockey League draft picks.

It’s possible Žoltoks could return to the Minnesota after he turns free agent on July 1, according to the Star Tribune newspaper of Minneapolis, Minn. The paper noted that in trading Žoltoks the Wild loses its “most offensively gifted pivot.” The center played in 210 games for the Wild.

Even if Žoltoks doesn’t return to Minnesota, the team may still get another Latvian. Armands Bērziņš, a 20-year-old center from Rīga, is training in Texas with the Houston Aeros junior team. The Aeros are the Wild’s development affiliate.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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