The countdown continues with only 57 days until puck drop in the Nashville Predators preseason opener in Tampa Bay; we’re getting there people.
Some news has been circulating around the Predators these past couple of days, so let’s take a look.
Here we go with your Predlines Headlines:
The Tennessean points out that Josi could be one of the better ‘bargains’ in the NHL if he keeps improving as he has throughout his NHL career. Josi is set to make $4 million per year through the 2019-2020 season.
The 24-year-old defenseman’s only ‘down-side’ is that he has had trouble with concussions in the past, but so do many other NHL players. If Josi can stay healthy and keep producing 40-point seasons with the Predators, he and Weber could be one of the best defensive duos in the NHL.
Simon Moser has only played in six total NHL games in his career. Moser tallied 26 points last season at the AHL-level in 48 games, well behind the likes of Filip Forsberg, Colton Sissons, Calle Jarnkrok, and others.
The 25-year-old left-winger from Switzerland is looking for a pay-raise from his previous two-way contract where he received $70,000 at the AHL level and $570,000 with the NHL side of his contract; no one sees that happening, including himself, hence his return home to Switzerland to play for SC Bern of National League A.
The 22-year-old center was very effective at the AHL level last year tallying 45 points in 63 games; 57 for the Red Wings Grand Rapid Griffins, and six games for the Predators’ farm club, the Milwaukee Admirals. Predators fans did get to see a preview of Calle Jarnkrok last season when he played 12 total games in Predators gold. Jarnkrok lit the lamp twice in those 12 games and tallied 7 assists as well. I think it’s safe to say all Predators fans are extremely excited to see what Jarnkrok will do on the ice next season, and I do expect him to make the Predators’ roster after training camp.
Here is Calle Jarnkrok talking about his backhand finish in the shootout against the Colorado Avalanche last season: