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Nash Daily: Blues Poach Ratcliffe, Bruins In On Pettersson?

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Photo of Isaac Ratcliff courtesy of the Milwaukee Admirals

Most of David Poile’s best deals during his 25-year run as Nashville Predators general manager came via trade, but he also had some great free-agent signings as well.

Nashville Hockey Now‘s Clay Brewer broke down the five best free-agent deals of the Poile era, which includes some of the top players in franchise history as well as a couple of former record holders. The full list can be found here.

Former Milwaukee Admirals forward Isaac Ratcliffe, who was acquired by the Predators on Feb. 26 for future considerations, signed a professional tryout with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. The 24-year-old forward scored four goals and 16 points in 21 regular season games for the Admirals last season.

His had a memorable two-goal performance in Game 3 of the Central Division Final against the Texas Stars, and finished the postseason with three goals and four points in 10 games.

Around the NHL and National Hockey Now

Boston Hockey Now: The Bruins could possibly be in the market for a top-six center, and should Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson become available, Boston might make a pitch for the 24-year-old forward.

Detroit Hockey Now: Nicklas Lidstrom’s son Samuel was invited to development camp in July. He recently opened up on the daunting task of forging his own path to the NHL despite having a Hall of Fame father.

Montreal Hockey Now: The Canadiens had quite a bit of roster turnover this offseason, and the team is sure to have plenty of position battles to watch for in training camp.

NYI Hockey Now: Islanders prospects Julien Gauther and Samuel Bolduc recently won a summer league championshipin the Living Sisu Hockey League.

Vegas Hockey Now: As the Golden Knights prepare to defend their Stanley Cup championship, the team has plenty of options when assembling their second and third lines next season.

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