Nobody really expects Saros to be traded, but his name was not on the list of “untouchables.” I’m still hopeful that he could become that starting caliber goaltender that the team hopes he can be, but he still has not proven that he will be that.
Saros played admirably right before last season was suspended due to COVID-19, but did not play nearly as well in the Edmonton bubble, and has been on and off to start this season. His inconsistency has been concerning, but to say that this team has a goaltending problem would be flat out inaccurate.
Where you really have to point the finger is the team in front of Saros, which has given him little to no help this year. He has shown serious promise and performed overwhelmingly well when he was the clear backup on a strong Predators team, so there is still a very good chance he could become that in the future.
Once again, this team needs to focus on player potential and the future from this point forward, so they would be better off hanging onto Saros beyond this season.
Other players to watch
All of the bottom six is up for sale, and expect at least one of the players to go. Erik Haula seems like a good trade candidate with his one-year contract, and the same goes for Brad Richardson.
Maybe Poile had this in mind when he signed several depth players in the offseason.
Apart from them, Calle Jarnkrok and Nick Cousins each have this year and next year left on their cheap contracts, making them very movable assets as well.
It is extremely doubtful that any other team will take on Colton Sissons’ contract, and it is just as doubtful that the Predators will move on from Luke Kunin, who is viewed as a young piece who could be valuable in the future.
That’s one long list of players “for sale” on the Nashville Predators right now. Buckle in, because several of these aforementioned players could be gone very soon.