The Nashville Predators enter the third week of July looking much different than they did at the end of April.
The start of free agency welcomed new, old blood for Barry Trotz. The additions of Ryan O’Reilly, Luke Schenn, Gustav Nyquist, and Denis Gurianov demonstrate that Trotz is welcoming some training camp competition come September.
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce and free-agent forward Vladimir Tarasenko have been linked to the Predators in recent weeks and remain on the team’s radar. Per Puckpedia, Nashville’s roster stands at 23 men, which means someone would need to be offloaded in the event additional players were to be signed.
Two years ago today, the Predators traded defenseman Ryan Ellis to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Phillipe Myers and forward Nolan Patrick.
Subsequently, the Preds flipped Patrick to the Vegas Golden Knights for Glass, the 6th overall pick in the 2017 draft, who recently signed a two-year extension worth $5 million with Nashville this summer.
Confirmed by Cody Glass’ agent. He signed a 2x$2.5M deal with #Preds— Nick Kieser 🏒 (@KieserNick) July 1, 2023
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NHL.com: Former Predators forward Tanner Jeannot avoided arbitration, signing a two-year, $5.33 million deal with an average annual value of $2.665 million. Assuming Jeannot can stay healthy, Tampa Bay locked up a solid bottom-six player. The departure of forward Patrick Maroon is no coincidence here. General manager Julien Brisebois likely sees promise in the young Oxbow, Canada native.
Chicago Hockey Now: Connor Bedard has signed his entry-level contract, so Preds fans should brace themselves for the four meetings Nashville and Chicago have on the books in 2023.
Colorado Hockey Now: The Avalanche have had a busy offseason and Evan Rawal recaps what they’ve been up to lately.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Erik Karlsson saga continues as Penguins president of hockey operations Kyle Dubas navigates possibly trading for the Norris Trophy winner. Many teams believe the heralded defenseman has a lot left to offer.
L.A. Hockey Now: After trading off a few young pieces to acquire Pierre-Luc Dubois, Austin Stanovich takes a look at the Kings remaining trade assets and ranks how safe they’re spot on L.A.’s roster is.