Key Free Agents The Predators Should Pursue

Recent Injuries have hurt the Nashville Predators in many places. Young up-and-comers look to help out, but will they be enough? Injuries can be the death of serious contenders, no matter when they strike.

The Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins series would’ve looked way different if both teams were healthy. Ryan Johansen‘s injury sunk the Predators offense in the Stanley Cup Final, but imagine if the injury had occurred during the Blackhawks series. The Predators wouldn’t have gotten past the first round, in my opinion.

The Predators were fairly lucky injuries didn’t strike till late in the playoffs, but they won’t be so lucky this season. Johansen, Nick Bonino, and Kevin Fiala will most likely not be ready for the regular season opener. Although if they aren’t, they will be within the first month of the season. But Ryan Ellis is a different story. He’ll be lucky if he’s back in the lineup by New Year’s. Alexei Emelin looks like a decent replacement but that leaves the bottom pairing exposed. What about the immortal Jaromir Jagr? He may be able to fill the leadership roles that was left open after the retirement of Mike Fisher. They have 6 million dollars in cap space, so they should get to

Alexei Emelin looks like a decent replacement but that leaves the bottom pairing exposed. What about the immortal Jaromir Jagr? He may be able to fill the leadership roles that was left open after the retirement of Mike Fisher. They have 6 million dollars in cap space, so they should get to spending.

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