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Denis Grebeshkov heads to KHL after Preds decline his discount

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Multiple hockey reporters are confirming that free agent defenseman Denis Grebeshkov has signed a two-year deal with SKA of the KHL, but this bit from James Mirtle is worth the attention of Preds fans:

Other sources indicate Grebeshkov offered Preds small discount on last year's salary to stay, but Nashville declined.

How small was the discount? Who knows, but it was pretty well understood early on that Grebeshkov's $3.15 million salary from last season was too costly for a team clearing salary space for guys like Patric Hornqvist this summer, and Shea Weber coming up.

All the same, Grebeshkov's unique offensive skill-set would have been useful to a Predators team which needs some punch both on the power play, and the left side of the defense.

UPDATEJames Mirtle writes at the Globe & Mail that teams were looking for a 30- to 40-percent reduction in Grebeshkov's salary, so instead he's getting a deal from SKA which includes a slight increase instead.


Denis Grebeshkov

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Oct 11, 1983