We know that Kariya is the main piece to the puzzle and that getting him resigned is a priority for the Predators. In addition, although I would not have normally listed Forsberg as a possibility...I believe that depending on how this year finishes out that Forsberg and Kariya might work a Kariya - Selanne type of deal where they stick together and go to the same team (hopefully Nashville).
I would love to see Kimmo reupped for a couple more years and see Zidlicky moved...allowing for Klein or someone else to step into the lineup full-time next season and free up some salary to resign our free agents. Gotta believe that there is not going to be too much of a discount given to the Predators by Timonen, nor should there be...however, I do believe if it came down to similiar offers from the Predators and another team that he would select to stay in Nashville.
Hartnell I would love to see resigned, but I just don't think it is going to happen. He is a young power forward that is having a career year (or was until the foot) and will seek to be compensated as such. I simply think that he will test the market to gain leverage against the Predators and then teams will simply outbid/overpay for his services and the Predators will balk and the asking price.
Vishnevski is a player I want to see more of this season before I can gauge his long-term usefulness to us. I really think that he can be a steady blueliner on the third pairing and with us trading away Parent and Timonen up for UFA status...I don't think we have too many options here that we can do worse with. I would like to see Vishnevski signed and used as a 5th defenseman, but will not be shocked at all if we simply see him walk at season's end.
Given that Trotz doesn't like to play Vishnevski even now(which is frustrating), I can't see him even wanting to stick around.
Exactly what I was thinking, but...there is a long time between the end of the season and now (hopefully) and Vishnevski will have opportunities to force his way into the lineup beginning tonight with Zids out.