The Nashville Predators typically don't make major acquisitions on July 1, but today they suffered a few losses as unrestricted free agents Joel Ward, Marcel Goc, and Steve Sullivan all signed with new teams.
- Steve Sullivan, who we already knew wouldn't be back with the Preds, goes to Pittsburgh for one year, $1.5 million. It's a great opportunity for him to make a run at a Stanley Cup as a complementary winger on a team loaded with talent down the middle.
- Marcel Goc signed with the Florida Panthers at 3 years, $5.1 million. It's a big step up for the center who should benefit from increased ice time on a team which is bringing in lots of fresh talent this summer.
- Joel Ward hit the biggest jackpot, heading to Washington for 4 years and $12 million. He should fit the defensive style of play that Bruce Boudreau introduced there last season, while still adding some offensive punch. It's a great opportunity for Wardo, a late bloomer who earned every bit of this payday.