Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: (Free) Agent Smith

<em>It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday</em>

Nashville Predators News

Turris buyout among options for Predators, who look to get younger |
Robby Stanley talks about the possibility of a buyout of Kyle Turris - something I've talked about before - as Poile spoke yesterday about this team getting younger.  And boy howdy, did he mean it, as the General Manager confirmed that pending free agents Mikael Granlund and Craig Smith would not be returning.

With around $8 million in cap space currently available and now several holes at forward needing to be addressed either by prospects or free agency, a Turris buyout gives Nashville around $4 million in cap space for the remaining four years of his contract.  Unfortunately, that also means he would count for $2 million against the cap for the next eight years.  Nashville obviously is hoping that there's some sort of trade market for the center, but as you find out later today in his season report card, that might be unlikely.

Listen to the On The Forecheck Podcast: Episode 2 - Draft Preview Part 1! | On the Forecheck
Eric, Eamon and I talk next week's NHL Draft in part one of our preview on the newly-launched On The Forecheck Podcast.  We'll have two types of episodes that will go in our feed: regularly scheduled and recorded episodes like this, and the recordings from our live feeds on Locker Room or Facebook/Youtube (like we've done in the past for the trade deadline, etc).

Check the link for more info, and I've also linked the episode player below - click subscribe to have the feed added to your favorite podcast player.

Predators Loan Yakov Trenin to KHL's SKA Saint Petersburg | Nashville Predators
Now that the young winger has signed his two-year, one-way contract with Nashville, the move that scared us all a little bit can safely happen - the Predators officially loaned Yakov Trenin to the KHL until the start of training camp in November to get practice in the (short) offseason.

Predators Sign Goaltender Devin Cooley to Two Year, Entry Level Contract | On the Forecheck
Outside of Pekka Rinne, Juuse Saros and Connor Ingram, the Nashville prospect pipeline at goaltender is pretty thin.  Yesterday's signing of the would-be senior University of Denver netminder and (as Rachel would say) 6'2" Tall Boy Devin Cooley should help that depth issue somewhat, and he should see time with either the Milwaukee Admirals or the Florida Everblades.

2019-20 Nashville Predators Player Report Cards: Dan Hamhuis | On the Forecheck
Ann did a great job on this report card of the recently retired Dan Hamhuis - after hearing the words "Full Time Predator Jarred Tinordi" yesterday slip from GM David Poile's mouth yesterday, we're all going to miss Hamhuis quite a bit next season, because he was definitely the best defender outside the top four last season.

Hockey is For Everyone

Orange Shirt Day part of 'making Canada whole again' |
Kim Barrington has been a long-time advocate behind Canada's Orange Shirt day, a day which honors the survivors of indigenous residential schools system.  Rogers, a broadcast partner with the NHL, helped raise almost $100,000 in support of the organization in honor of today's Orange Shirt Day.

News From Around The NHL

Henrik Lundqvist to be bought out by Rangers after 15 seasons |
Yesterday, the news broke that the New York Rangers will buy out the final year of veteran goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's contract.  I don't know about you, but the thought of seeing Hank in another uniform is extremely odd, although I hope he gets signed by a contender so he can finally get a realistic shot at winning a Stanley Cup before he retires.

Top free agent forwards: Hall on the market |
Even though David Poile spoke at length yesterday about the youth movement upcoming in Nashville, I wouldn't be surprised if the organization takes a look at several of the players mentioned on this list.  Unlike other media outlets, former Arizona Coyote and Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall is not listed as a possible destination for Nashville, but with a Turris buyout looming and the departure of both Granlund and Smith, there's an outside chance the team kicks the tire on a deal.

U.S. National Junior Team Evaluation Camp invitees announced |
Several players eligible for next week's NHL draft were among the invitees to the U.S. National Junior Team Evaluation camp on October 8th-13th, including several players that could be available to Nashville at the 11th overall pick or either of their second round choices: Jake Sanderson, Thomas Bordeleau and Sam Coangelo.  Also invited were many of last year's draft picks, however none of which were prospects of the Nashville Predators.

Lightning return to Tampa with Stanley Cup, greeted by families, fans |
One day, Nashville fans - one day we'll get to experience this feeling.  Just not next season.

Eichel won't be traded by Sabres, GM says |
Despite rumors to the contrary, Jack Eichel says he has not asked for a trade from the Buffalo Sabres and intends to return to the team next season.  You have to admire his loyalty and tenacity, but he's got to feel somewhat disappointed that the prime of a very good career has been spent on a team who has missed the playoffs for nine straight seasons.

Tweet of the Day

I posed this question yesterday to Preds Twitter, mostly because among the names on the list of 15 goal scorers on last season’s team was one I did not expect.  Without looking it up, see if you can guess the answer to this trivia question in the comments (and the one that’s quoted too):

Song of the Day

I’ve spoken - both in writing and on the podcast - at length about my feelings about the Craig Smith free agency situation, so I won’t go on more here.  Instead, I’ll just express my feelings in song: