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Mikael Granlund has been re-signed, David Rittich is Juuse Saros’s new backup, and you can now boo Ryan Suter in a different shade of green. The start of free agency is never boring, is it?

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Report: Nashville Predators extend MIkael Granlund | On the Forecheck
So once again Granlund said he was going to test the free agency waters, and once again he’s found himself back in Nashville.

Live look at the Preds’ front office anytime Mikael Granlund says he’s going to market:

Report: Nashville Predators add goalie David Rittich in free agency | On the Forecheck
Nashville adds a free agent netminder to support Juuse Saros. The deal is for one year at $1.25 million.

Depth/AHL Signings

The One Who Got Away

While the Preds were able to retain one of their Finnish free agent forwards in Granlund, they ended up losing Erik Haula to Boston. Best of luck to Erik in Beantown.

ELC TIME!

Predators Sign Zachary L’Heureux to Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract | Nashville Predators
That was fast.

Free Agency-Palooza!

Can’t wait to keep booing him.

Welp, I don’t like that.

Oilers Sign Zach Hyman to Seven-Year Deal | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
After over a week of speculation, Zach Hyman is expected to sign a seven-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers with a cap hit of $5.5 million, leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs after 345 career games.

Golden Knights, Martinez Agree to Three-Year Extension | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Alec Martinez isn’t going anywhere.

Patrik Laine accepts 1-year offer from Columbus Blue Jackets | ESPN
Patrik Laine has accepted a one-year, $7.5 million qualifying offer.

Other Hockey News & Notes

The Habs tried to slide this by everyone during one of the busiest hockey days of the year, which is just all sorts of gross.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan to coach U.S. men’s hockey team, if NHL players go to Beijing | ESPN
Along with Mike Sullivan leading the U.S. men’s hockey team, USA Hockey also announced that Joel Johnson of the University of St. Thomas will coach the women’s national team.

Often overlooked, underappreciated, Garland ready for big stage with Canucks | Sportsnet
Conor Garland has heard the Vancouver market is tough. But so is hockey when you’re five-foot-eight.

Oilers trade defenceman Ethan Bear to Hurricanes for forward Warren Foegele | Sportsnet
Defense is optional in Edmonton this year.

Flames acquire D Zadorov from Blackhawks | TSN
The Calgary Flames have acquired the big Russian defender in exchange for a 2022 third-round pick.

Blake Coleman Cements the Flames’ Shift to ‘Darryl Sutter Hockey’ | The Hockey News on Sports Illustrated
Nearing the edge of its win-now cliff, Calgary spikes its competitiveness significantly with the feisty back-to-back Stanley Cup champ.