J.P. Dumont on his way out?

http://www.tennessean.com/

John Glennon reports the Nashville Predators and winger J.P. Dumont hope to reach agreement on a new contract but his rising value could price him out of their market this summer. Dumont is eligible for UFA status in July, and given GM David Poile’s intent to re-sign key RFAs like Martin Erat, Jordin Tootoo, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber, there might not be enough left to retain Dumont, who’s earning $2.5 million this season and is on pace for a 60-point season.I agree with Spector who says that given the priority rightfully placed on their RFAs, there might not be enough to keep Dumont in the fold, which will make him an attractive commodity in this summer’s UFA market.

However, if the Preds continue to slide, perhaps he will be traded by the deadline. Once again, I think Pittsburgh could be a good destination for this 29 year old, especially given his versatility in being able to play both wings, in addition to his playoff experience. The Pens indeed need more experience and guys between 28-33 should be wanted on a team bereft of them, especially over the ~40 year olds that are/were Recchi and Roberts.

However, I wonder how much he would likely cost to re-sign, and if he wants a long-term contract I don’t see the Pens offering him that unless it’s for a discount, which he likely wouldn’t take.