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Nashville Predators News & Notes

It’s been fairly quiet on the home front since the Poile presser on Monday.

Other Hockey News & Notes

Canadiens’ Bergevin still has chance to make team better after Aho miss | Sportsnet
Is Big Buff Bergevin going to offer sheet Point or Marner? Or is he going to settle for old Kyle Turris?

Who’s left? Top remaining unrestricted free agents for the NHL off-season | TSN
Here’s a look at what’s left in free agency.

Poile’s pretty much signaled that the Preds are done (with UFA signings at least), but I still wouldn’t mind him kicking the tires on Ferland or Johansson. They could also look to shore up the 3rd pair a bit by signing someone like Ben Chiarot.

Again, Poile will likely do none of these moves and just sit on his hands, but everyone can dream, can’t they?

Bobrovsky - Chose Panthers to win Stanley Cup | ESPN
Huh... You sure it wasn’t that $10 million AAV they threw at you?

Sakic jokes ‘don’t play Boston’ to keep Kadri in line | TSN
Yeah, that’ll do it. I’m sure Perry and Benn in Dallas, or Shaw in Chicago, or Hartman and Foligno in Minnesota, or Ekholm and Forsberg here in Nashville won’t get under his skin at all...

Sheesh, the Central is going to be chippy this year.

What comes next for five teams that were quiet to open free agency? | The Hockey News
I absolutely LOVE that the Jets are getting more expensive, but aren’t getting better.

Ducks hire ex-Kings coach Sutter as adviser | ESPN
What once was old is new again. Darryl Sutter has been hired by the Anaheim Ducks as an adviser to new coach Dallas Eakins’ staff.

One-year, two-way contract for free agent forward Phil Varone | Montreal Canadiens
BLOCKBUSTER!!!

Kadri on Maple Leafs: ‘I wouldn’t change that experience for anything’ | Sportsnet
You wouldn’t change anything? Okay.

Fantasy hockey mock draft 1.0 analysis for 2019-20 | NHL.com
For all you fantasy hockey nuts out there, here is your first mock draft of the season. The first Predator off the board? Papa Pekka Rinne.