Friday, August 14, 2009

These are the Same Nashville Predators

Free agents:
LW Steve Sullivan, 3,200,000 (u)
D Greg de Vries, 2,750,000 (u)
C Radek Bonk, 1,600,000 (u)
C Vernon Fiddler, 900,000 (u)
C Scott Nichol, 750,000 (u)
D Greg Zanon, 750,000 (u)
D Ville Koistinen, 700,000 (u)
RW Joel Ward, 500,000 (u)
LW Antti Pihlstrom, 530,000 (r)

LW Steve Sullivan, 2 years, $7.5M (re-signed)
RW Joel Ward, 2 years, $3M (re-signed)
RW Ben Guite, 1 year, $475,000 (Avalanche)

C Vernon Fiddler (Coyotes)
D Ville Koistinen (Panthers)
C Scott Nichol (Sharks)

The biggest move for the Predators offseason was most definitely keeping Steve Sullivan in the fold. After finishing 10th in the West last season, with teams only getting better around them, it's interesting to see the Preds stand pat from a roster standpoint.

Not to say they're a bad team, but do they really expect Colin Wilson and Antii Pilhstrom to step up? It's a solid core, to be certain, but comparatively to the rest of the West, they just don't stand a chance.

Not much else to say on the Preds, perhaps Shea Weber and Ryan Suter will continue to develop into monsters. Maybe JP Dumont, Arnott, and Sullivan won't get any older, but all in all, good luck in the Central Nashville.
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