As the offseason rolls along, the Nashville Predators start looking forward to next season. We have four major questions the team will need to answer.
The NHL offseason continues to roll along, though the pace seems dramatically slower than before. Major names in free agency flew off the shelf early. While the Nashville Predators signed a few players, none are strong candidates for making the opening 23-man roster. All eyes are on one name and one name alone right now. And that is Ryan Ellis.
In all, the Predators signed six players at this point. The most interesting to fans is Zac Rinaldo. The 28-year-old forward spent last season with the Arizona Coyotes, gaining only 7 points and 44 minutes in penalties in 53 games. In his six NHL seasons, Rinaldo has been suspended for 25 total games. Last season alone he served six games for punching Samuel Girard. It makes one wonder why the Predators would be interested in such a player.
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Outside of Rinaldo, Rocco Grimaldi is the most notable player. In 237 career AHL games, the young forward has 161 points. In six NHL games with Colorado, he posted three points. Grimaldi certainly adds depth to the roster and will help build a depleted system in Milwaukee.
While these items are important, there are more serious questions to be asked and answered by the Nashville Predators. Coming off their most successful regular season in franchise history, fans and pundits alike want to see how the Predators respond. What does the 2018-19 season hold? We have four key questions.