By Amanda DiPaolo
When Predators GM David Poile was able to get restricted free agent Ryan Parent from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for the rights to Dan Hamhuis, Pred Nation was amazed at the deal. Parent, of course, was the Predators first round draft pick in 2005, 18th overall.
Today, the Preds signed Parent to a two year deal worth $1.85 million. He will make $850,000 in 2010-11 and $1 million in 2011-12. Surprisingly, it’s a one-way deal, meaning Parent makes the same amount of money in Milwaukee as he would if he played in Nashville.
The implication of the one-way deal suggests Parent’s spot on the roster is a lock. It is unlikely the Preds would have two defensemen on one-way deals playing in Milwaukee. Alexander Sulzer still has a year left on his one-way contract, with little hope of cracking the Nashville roster come fall.
To date, it looks as though Nashville’s defense will consist of stars Weber and Suter, along with Bouillon, Klein, Franson (assuming he resigns) and Parent. What does this mean for Jonathon Blum, the Predators 2007 first round pick? And does this mean Canadian junior superstar Ryan Ellis also has no hope of cracking the roster come late September?
Blum and Ellis could each use some more strength and the time in Milwaukee wouldn’t hurt their careers. But signing Parent for two years, means even at the end of next season, barring no trades no roster spots will open on defense for the 2011-2012 season either, assuming the Preds sign Weber to the life contract extension fans are hoping he signs.
Can the Preds expect Blum to wait until the 2012-2013 season to start his NHL career? Or are trades with our defensive assets in the near future for the Predators?
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