Nashville shopping wingers?
With the signing of J.P. Dumont, the Nashville Predators may be forced to trade a forward. Scott Hartnell’s name has been mentioned due to his UFA status next summer. Other possibilities include Martin Erat and Scottie Upshall, who play the same position (right wing) as Dumont.
“Dumont’s signing is likely to impact the other Nashville forwards in the near future.
The team currently has 14 forwards that would have to clear waivers before being sent down to the American Hockey League, and that total does not include high-scoring junior Alexander Radulov, who’s likely to make a case for an NHL roster spot as well.
“If you add up what would be (NHL-caliber) forwards on our team, you’d probably have 15 now and we’re not going to carry 15,’’ Poile said. “It’s up to the coaches now to decide the lines and who to give the opportunity, too. I think it will make for an interesting training camp.’’
So just who might be on the block if and when the Predators decide to trade a forward?
Scott Hartnell is sure to be the subject of speculation because he’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. On the other hand, Hartnell is a top-nine forward with the ability to play a physical game — something the Predators don’t have in great quantity.
Other trade possibilities might include Martin Erat or Scottie Upshall, both of whom generally play the right wing, the same position as Dumont.
Erat seems to be coming into his own in terms of talent, but is scheduled to make $1.6 million this season. Upshall appears ready to make his mark in the NHL and will be making almost $1 million less than Erat this season.”
As a Penguins fan, I believe in a strong possibility than our GM Ray Shero, who has already had multiple dealings with his former club for personnel both on and off the ice, could pull off another move at right wing. I’m thinking since it is looking like Anson Carter will go to the Wings or Leafs that Martin Erat could make a great fit on the Penguins. Or else Scott Hartnell (who played on the same Team Canada as Crosby this year) could also fill Recchi’s spot (either this season, or the next). What we would trade in return (draft pick and/or a prospect at center?) is debatable.
What say you?