Instead of waiting for the day of the NHL trade deadline, the Nashville Predators decided to make all the major moves throughout the week leading up. But are they actually done shaking up this roster?
There’s really only one realistic player that remains and that’s Dante Fabbro, however I don’t see a point in trading him now. The Predators have a decent chance of retaining him in the offseason after moving on from Mattias Ekholm and clearing up some cap space.
However, the Predators have a load of draft picks to work with now that could facilitate another move today. They have 13 picks in the upcoming draft.
Fabbro and Saros Remain Small Possibilities for Nashville Predators to Trade
Another much bigger name in the trade rumors is obviously Juuse Saros.
It was always thought that Saros was untouchable, but the speculation has risen, and the argument for it gets stronger when you see gems by backup goalie Kevin Lankinen put out there like he did on trade deadline eve in a win over the Florida Panthers, holding them to one goal.
Trading away Saros would carry enormous risk, but would undoubtedly bring in another massive haul in return. This is the potential move that all Nashville Predators fans are going to be watching all day until the 3 PM EDT trade deadline.
Ultimately, I can’t see new General Manager Barry Trotz going so far as to trading away Saros. If he does, then wow that would own the storylines for trade deadline day.
The Nashville Predators have traded four key players already:
Tanner Jeannot to Tampa Bay
Nino Niederreiter to Winnipeg
Mattias Ekholm to Edmonton
Mikael Granlund to Pittsburgh
All four of those players were key pieces to the penalty kill. Granlund and Jeannot had fallen off offensively, while Ekholm’s trade return was too lucrative to pass up. Niederreiter just brought in a 2nd-round pick, but made sense to move on.
I’m actually totally content with the Predators sitting out today. Many of the league’s biggest names, like Patrick Kane, have already moved. Former Nashville Predator Nick Bonino is reuniting with the Pittsburgh Penguins, so that’s cool for him.
I really don’t see anyone else on the Nashville Predators that would make sense to move or is realistic to move. Ryan Johansen is out for the season and you’re not going to trade him now. If he was healthy, then maybe you take some phone calls and see what the interest is.
The rest of the Nashville Predators lineup looks to be part of the long-term future. Now you let the chips fall where they may in regards to the playoff hunt.