Predators surprisingly address backup goaltender position
This is the one notable move for the Predators that you can look at and just ask yourself “why”? Despite Connor Ingram playing well given the circumstances in the playoffs, and especially well in his playoff debut, they went out and signed Kevin Lankinen to a one-year, $1.5M contract.
Lankinen did not play very well this past year, but the team in front of him was bad all year and gave him no help, so it is not worth putting much stock into his most recent performance. He’s a quality backup goaltener and possible upgrade, but it doesn’t really address the major needs the team has. .
The only way this move makes sense is if Ingram is going to be part of a trade package, and depending on the trade made, it could significantly benefit the Nashville Predators. This signing is only one year and will not bog the team down at all, but for now, it just does not make much sense.