In a radio interview on 104.5 "The Zone" Thursday afternoon, Nashville Predators GM David Poile was asked about the negotiations with some of the team's upcoming free agents. In particular, we got some insight as to how things are going with Greg Zanon and Joel Ward, two cases which involve role players seeking hefty pay increases this summer.
With Zanon, Poile suggested that his agent is looking for something 2.5-3 times what he made this last season ($750K, according to NHLNumbers.com). That would indicate roughly the $1.8 - $2.2 million range.
Ward's agent is supposedly looking for a three-fold increase for his client, which translates to $1.5 million per year.
So what do you think, Predators fans? At those prices, are either or both of those players worth keeping? Take a look at how the contracts shape up for the season ahead (include Alexander Sulzer on the blueline at $800K), and make your suggestion as to how Poile should proceed...