A few Nashville Predator fan favorites are already out the door. Pekka Rinne, the greatest Predators Goalie of all-time, retired. Victor Arvidsson is a Los Angeles King. Ryan Ellis is a Philadelphia Flyer. Another at least somewhat notable player will be on the Seattle Kraken by the end of the week. Not to mention, another big trade or two could be on the table for David Poile and co.
Could another trade include Filip Forsberg or Mattias Ekholm? There’s no way to know for sure, but there were rumors stirring about both during last season’s trade deadline.
Forsberg also showed his displeasure following the Arvidsson trade on social media. Although, that does not necessarily mean he wants to be moved or will be as of right now. It sounds like some players are understandably sad to see their friends get moved, but it is a part of the process that this team needs.
Poile says he is concerned with how some of the players in the locker room are taking the Arvidsson and Ellis trades
— Michael Gallagher (@MGsports_) July 17, 2021
The Arvidsson deal netted the Preds a couple of draft picks. For more on that deal and Arvy’s impact, check out this article.
Ellis’ trade to Philly brought them back Defenseman Philippe Myers and Forward Cody Glass (from Vegas). It seems like the move was mostly to shed some cap space, but Myers is a much bigger defender at 6’5. He also has valuable experience on the penalty kill but hasn’t provided much offensively so far in his career.
Glass is a young Center who the Predators are hoping they can continue to mold into a consistent goal scorer. Glass has been a highly regarded prospect throughout his young career and is also exempt from the expansion draft. For more insight into the reasons behind this trade, check out this piece from Alex Daugherty.
Welcome to the NHL Cody Glass pic.twitter.com/dHWMYoAMyM
— Spittin’ Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) October 3, 2019
In trading Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Ellis, the Predators have shed $10.5 million in cap space.
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) July 17, 2021
As for the expansion draft, the Predators left a couple of their biggest names (and contracts) unprotected. Forwards Matt Duchene and Ryan Johansen are both on the table if the Kraken want one of them.
They both come with a hefty price, though. Duchene’s salary is $8M through the 2024-2025 season. Johansen is due $8M through the 2023-2024 season. That is a considerable financial burden for an expansion team, especially considering the perception that neither of them is living up to that price on the Preds right now.
-3 Fs the #Preds would have protected (Tolvanen, Tomasino, Glass) are exempt
-2 Fs have contracts they would love Seattle to take (Johansen, Duchene)
-2 Fs are “change up the core” (Jarnkrok, Sissons) candidates
Probably why they went 5 D over 4 F
— Alex Daugherty (@AlexDaugherty1) July 18, 2021
It’s probably more likely that Seattle takes one of Calle Jarnkrok, Colton Sissons, Rocco Grimaldi, or Yakov Trenin. There are no defensemen in that group for a reason. Nashville protected five of them, more than any other team in the NHL.
The organization does not see these moves as steps towards a complete overhaul. It seems like they see too much talent still on the roster and in the system.
David Poile is calling this a “competitive rebuild.” #Preds
— Kayla Anderson (@KaylaAndersonTV) July 17, 2021
Regardless, one thing remains clear. The Nashville Predators will look a lot different in 2021-2022 than it did in 2020-2021.