Ugh, late July; that “oh-so” rough time in the NHL off-season.
Free agency has mostly winded down, development camp has come and gone, and the only things keeping NHL fans sane are wild trade rumors and such surrounding their teams–plus, the spirit of seeing new faces as teams take the ice–training camp is just around the corner.
After all, Predators training camp opens September 18! It’s coming folks; and the first preseason match-up against the Tampa Bay Lightning is only a short 60 days away. Things are somewhat quiet around the Predators (officially at least), but hey cut them some slack, the Predators have been quite the busy bunch this offseason.
So, let’s get to it, it’s the Predlines Headlines.
Remember when I mentioned trade rumors floating around in the NHL world keeping fans sane? Yes, well there are of course a few involving the Predators.
The fine folks at On The Forecheck bring up a new specimen in Predator’s chatter; David Krejci. These are the first words I have seen saying that David Krejci could be dealt by the Bruins, but with their cap-space and restricted free-agent troubles, yes Mr. Krejci, Nashville would love to have you. Is this a long-shot trade possibility? Absolutely. But crazier things have happened in this great hockey world. It’s at least worth the sole thought of another top-line center to throw on the pile of names Predators fans are dreaming of.
Josh Cooper of The Tennessean seems to think Nashville should probably not be a home for Evander Kane due to his poor attitude and recent signings of “projects”, Derek Roy and Mike Ribeiro. The Predators already “forward loaded” roster might not have room for the 22 year-old, superstar in the making, full-of-attitude, crazy-good skater and scorer; but it’s EVANDER KANE!
Gaustad is a great face-off guy and solid on the penalty kill, but yet again he is still a fourth-line center. Fourth-line centers are an important player to the game of course, but most shouldn’t be looked at as irreplaecable or the only option on a team’s roster . The Predatorial presents that Nashville has other options when it comes to Gaustad and the fourth-line center role.
Bleacher Report posted an article about the rankings of “28 Active NHL Players likely to make the Hockey Hall of Fame”, Shea Weber came in at number 24 on the list. With his number 24 placement on the list he ousted Tuukka Rask, P.K. Subban, Tyler Seguin, and Nathan MacKinnon. Number one on the list was Jaromir Jagr…shocker.
Patrick Cote played in a total of 91 games for the Nashville Predators from 1998 to 2000. This is not Cote’s first criminal offense, he does have a history with the law, but this is a rather bizarre story.