Looking to the future
The Nashville Predators have gotten stronger depth wise over the past six months or so and I am wondering about the future of the Nashville Predators.
Looking at our current roster that will probably start this year.
24 man roster
We have $2,661,191 in Cap space left.
The following list is the years players will be UFA or RFA.
2014 Legwand, Hutton Spaling,Beck,Ellis,Ekholm
2015 Fisher,Cullen Wilson,Smith,Bourque,Watson,Hellberg
2016 Gaustad,Clune,Bartley Forsberg,Jones
I see our team looking something like this in a few years
With Players like Aberg,Sissons,Leipsic,Salomaki in the system our forwards will only get better as the years go bye.
What will we do about the huge whole at the #1 center position. Will it take a trade or will we hope to draft one or will the right free agent finally come to Nashville again like Kariya(I know he is not a center before anyone says it) did?
Are we willing to spend 20+ Million on our top four on Defense if everything goes as planned with Jones and Ekholm?
Do we have Rinnes replacement in the system now?
What year in Free agency Scares you the most?
Final question has nothing to do with the topic but I found it interesting watching the Lindros story on the NHL network that no big free agents ever wanted to go to Quebec, does this scare you as a current Preds fans seeing how it seems each time we get out-done by the bigger cities teams on free agents?
Im sure you realize it but we only get to carry 23 players so one of those forwards(probably Spaling) will be gone before camp.
As promising as our forward prospects look, beyond Beck and Watson, everyone else is still an unknown... none of Aberg, Lepsic, Sissons, or Salomaki is a sure fire NHL player at this point
As for defense, we will pay Jones at least through his RFA period so he's ours for 7 years. after that, there is no way of knowing
I dont think Ekholm will be a high dollar defenseman... I think if he is so good he would command 4-5 million we would probably let him go like we did Hamhuis and keep Weber Klein Josi and Jones
As for #1 C we will either draft one ourselves or else find a free agent like Arnott who is stuck behind a superstar somewhere and would come here to be a #1.
the free agent situation will change dramatically if we can put a good season or two together... they will come here of it looks like we are Cup contenders.
It sure would be nice if we could get a guy like Stastny from Colorado. Could step in as our #1 C. Colorado is a little C heavy at the moment.
I still think Wilson will be a center and hold out hope still for Smith. It's funny how the crowd has turned on Smith. If he adds strength he's a player.
We can dream though. He would fit in perfectly with the Preds system as well as he plays a strong all around game. He would be our best forward instantly.
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