NHL Rumors: The Nashville Predators Are Considering Changes

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There are some changes coming to the Nashville Predators this offseason.
The Predators could make some changes this offseason

Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic: Pekka Rinne is the only Nashville Predators player who has a no-movement clause, and they are open to making some changes. They are not going to blow up the team but some changes are being considered.

GM David Poile has said that they could use some more secondary scoring.

The Predators could be interested in pending UFA center Matt Duchene, and there have been some around Duchene who believe that he could be interested in them.

Landing Duchene would only cost the Predators money and not assets. They would need to clear out some salary space.

Roman Josi is eligible for a contract extension this offseason. Josi will meet with his agents after the World Championships.

There have been P.K. Subban trade rumors for a while now.

Yes, Subban could be traded, but so could Craig Smith, Mikael Granlund, Nick Bonino or Kyle Turris.

Jim Matheson: “Ryan Ellis seems the most logical Nashville D to get traded for a forward but at $6.25 mil for eight years that’s still a mouthful for another team. He’s a good player, theoretically an offensive D, but he’s a 40-point guy. Is that enough offence for that kind of dough?”

Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean: Nashville Predators forward Kyle Turris has another five years at a $6 million salary cap hit.

It’s possible that the Predators could look to move out Turris’ contract this offseason.

Turris deal with a couple of injuries and only recorded 23 points in 55 games during his first year with the Preds. He was a healthy scratch for two games and dealt with low confidence.

They could keep him and hope that he can regain his form and be the second-line center they hoped they got with they traded for and extended him.

If the Predators were looking to move out his contract, they may need to include a draft pick or prospect to entice a team. They could retain salary but that may not be appealing to the Preds. Turris’ trade value is low and he likely wouldn’t bring much of a return.

A buyout would cost them roughly $2 million a season for the next 10 years.

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