The issue with UFAs is...what do they think of the Predators? We were terrible last season, and we seemed to have a hard enough time signing guys even when we're pretty good. Do veterans/productive players really have a lot of interest in coming here?
The only thing that concerns me with taking that risk on Horton is his concussion history, but then again, I guess if concussion history is going to turn us off to players we're going to have a hard time finding a big, skilled forward who isn't afraid to play physically.
So there was something interesting I saw in the trade/free agent forum. What if we target two players with histories together. The three combos I saw were:
With the notion that Horton is looking for around 6 a year I'd have to say a pass on him and Weiss although I've always thought Weiss would look good in a Preds uni.
Ribiero/Ryder has an interesting angle to it as they are both pretty good offensive players. Are they what we need and are they affordable? Could be a nice fit.
Bickell/Stalberg don't excite me as I see Bickell as a guy who will parlay a great playoffs into a big contract and Stalberg is a fast skater that had trouble cracking the playoff lineup.
All that said, I wonder if we target Ribiero and Ryder.
I doubt any of them would be reasonably affordable, though Ribiero and Ryder would be the most realistic. That said, they are two players that have hopped around a bit and have often worn out their welcome for work ethic or attitude issues. Don't really see them as a good fit here.