We’re under a month away from the NHL free agency market opening up, and for the Nashville Predators it could be the start of much more roster movement.
The Predators are one of those teams that are hard to put a peg on when it comes to mapping out their offseason plans. Some of it became more clear after Viktor Arvidsson was traded this past week to the LA Kings for two draft picks, but there’s still many different ways this can go once free agency opens on July 28.
According to PuckPedia, the Predators now have a projected cap space of just under $23 million, so GM David Poile has some room to maneuver with not only new free agents, but also with the Seattle Kraken.
I’m staying away from the heavyweight free agent defensemen like Dougie Hamilton, Alexander Edler and others because I just don’t think the Predators are going to drop any big contracts on this position. At least I hope not.
Although the Predators aren’t really in a position of dire need to look for free agent defensemen, I do think it’s worth exploring who’s out there. Let’s take a look at the ones are probably way out of the realm of possibility, and also look at some others who are more realistic fits.