With as much money as the Nashville Predators have committed to next season’s roster, they’ll have to get creative if they’re going to make any big free agent acquisitions this offseason.
We’ve detailed a couple times how the Predators are only looking at one or two open slots in their forward corps for next season, and that’s assuming there are some trades or other moves. Although we may all want the club to go after current Avalanche forward Paul Stastny (and they may), it’s more likely that Nashville tries to bring in some help on offense without breaking the bank.
Which players are likely to be available this summer and are any of them going to come at a reasonable price?
Wild forward Matt Moulson is the most intriguing name on this list to me. While he’s not a very speedy guy, he still has to be regarded as a gifted sniper and he’s hit the 30-goal mark multiple times. Not really a flashy guy, Moulson might work in Nashville.
In recent years we’ve known one thing about the NHL playoffs: the St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks are going to choke. But with very impressive regular seasons for both clubs, some thought this year would be different. The Sharks have seen their 3-0 series lead shrink to 3-2 against the Los Angles Kings (I still think San Jose gets out of round one before losing in the next one, though). The Blues have wasted a 2-0 edge in their series to now be behind the Chicago Blackhawks three games to two. But it’s how St. Louis has faired this postseason that’s just bizarre.
Barrett Jackman OT winners in consecutive years? The same scores? Welcome to the twilight zone…
Speaking of the postseason, things aren’t going so great for the Nashville Predators minor league affiliate either.