Colin Blackwell, NY Rangers
I didn’t like seeing Colin Blackwell lost over the offseason. He served his purpose as a gritty and tenacious fourth line player. He put up three goals and seven assists for Nashville last season in 27 games played, which was by far career-highs.
Blackwell might very well still be entering the peak of his career at age 27 and have his best seasons ahead of him. The Rangers were able to get him a relatively low bargain of two years, $725K.
If the Predators could’ve figured out a way to keep Blackwell, he’d be playing on that fourth line with whomever else the Predators might have added. One of the current players probably wouldn’t have been added, like Brad Richardson or Nick Cousins.
Blackwell has only played in three games so far this season for the Rangers, but he has three points in those games. He also has six hits in those three games, so he’s making the most out of his limited action.
Other players who left last season
Matt Irwin left during last season and played briefly with the Anaheim Ducks. He’s now landed with the Buffalo Sabres and has appeared in two games and tallied one assist, one block and five hits.
Yannick Weber had a “tryout” during Nashville Predators training camp this year but was unable to make the roster, or even the taxi squad. He’s now with the Pittsburgh Penguins but has yet to play a game.
Korbinian Holzer was briefly brought onto the Predators roster last season late in the process, but played only three games and didn’t do much of anything except for make a trip to the penalty box. He’s currently not signed with an NHL team.
Daniel Carr is now with the Washington Capitals and has appeared in two games. Carr got into 11 games for Nashville last season but was never really able to take advantage of the opportunity.
All contract and player salary information via CapFriendly.com