Predators RFAs and UFAs

As reported in the Tennessean this morning (Article Link):

The Predators have made qualifying offers to 10 restricted free agents: forwards Greg Classen, Martin Erat, Adam Hall, Scott Hartnell, David Legwand, Libor Pivko, Jordin Tootoo and Brandon Segal and defensemen Sheldon Brookbank and Dan Hamhuis.

The Predators did not make QOs to forwards Denis Arkhipov and Jeremy Yablonski, and goalie Brian Finley and defenseman Rick Berry, so they turn UFA.

Also, it looks like all of the Predators UFAs (goalie Chris Mason, forwards Yanic Perreault, Greg Johnson, and Mike Sillinger, and defensemen Mark Eaton, Danny Markov, and Brendan Witt) will get to test the market. The Predators are keeping the doors open with Mason, Perreault, Eaton and Witt, but don’t expect anything done by July 1st.

As Poile has publicly said, this is the year of the free agent defenseman, so he has a lot of options to look at in terms of acquiring one veteran defenseman to compliment the Predators young, talented blueline.

The Predators will look for a back-up goaltender, but may wait a while and see how Mason does on the market. They’d love to have him back, but do respect his desire to try to find a starting position.

Finally, the Predators are looking for a center by free agency or trade. Expect them to be in the bidding for Jason Arnott among others.

5 Responses to Predators RFAs and UFAs

  1. Kamakaze says:

    I’d like to see them resign one of their UFA Centers and Witt.

    I think a guy like Arnott would be perfect for them, because it doesn’t give them a “1st line center” as much as another 2nd line center, which kind of works for them I think.

    With Kariya, Sullivan, Erat, Hall, Hartnell and others, having Legwand, Arnott and maybe Perreault, they won’t have a “top line” but rather 3 very good scoring lines, and for the kind of team they have, I think that would be perfect.

    Hopefully they can add a defenseman to their group, maybe a veteran backup goalie, and I think they are right up where they were last year.

  2. NiittymakiForVezina says:

    God I hope the Flyers get Markov back.

  3. GoalJudge says:

    Need a center, call Toronto, they have TEN!

  4. ladypredator says:

    Problems are…

    Antropov reminds us too much Arkhipov.

    Lindros and Allison can’t seem to stay healthy, otherwise they’d definitely be of interest.

    I can’t see the Leafs giving up Stajan or Steen unless they get someone like Pronger in return.

    Sundin will retire in Torontoy, I’m sure.

    Wellwood’s way too small.

    Wilm has already been with the Predators and we have plenty of 3-4th line centers, we need a top line offensive one.

    So I don’t see a match there, unless something weird happens.

  5. Doctor says:

    legwand would be unbelievable if he would just learn how to finish. he always is shook in the offensive zone. he’s got all the skills to put up big #s, even being compared to modano, but he does childish things with the puck past the opposing blue line.

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