Saros is Traded Sometime Before the Offseason of 2025
This idea would’ve gotten you checked out for insanity just a couple years ago, but the closer that current contract gets to expiring, the more you have to consider this option. And it all really comes down to just how legit the Predators become in competing deep into the playoffs. Not just making it to the first round, but actually winning series and being among the best in the Western Conference.
Saros was already the subject of trade rumors this past trade deadline, although that was quickly squashed. At least for now.
It’s fair to say, unless you’re blissfully biased, that the Predators are a long ways away from being in the upper echelon of NHL teams. They’re in the mucky middle, but Trotz and his new Head Coach Andrew Brunette are vowing to change that outlook fast.
However, if this process stumbles along and takes longer than the front office would like, then Saros becomes a hot commodity that can stockpile you with young talent, draft picks and prospects to really take a rebuild seriously.
This outcome becomes very much a real possibility if the Predators end up missing the playoffs for a second year in a row, and furthermore, are well out of playoff contention at the 2024 trade deadline.
Think about how many contending teams will be foaming at the mouth to get Saros for one more year at $5M and also get him for their playoff run in 2024?
Saros’ trade value probably goes down a bit in his final season of his contract in 2024-25 because some teams simply won’t feel great or be able to negotiate for Saros when he hits unrestricted free agency.
The peak time to trade Saros will be 2024 trade deadline if you’re actually going to do this. Pay attention to where the Predators are at in the standings. If they’re contending and comfortably in a playoff spot, my assumption is Saros will be a major reason why.