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Cup Contenders?

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

While it’s understandable that some forecasts predict an offseason of gloom and doom for the Predators — there are 15 unrestricted and restricted free agents on the current roster — with a few minor tweaks, this team can contend for the Stanley Cup next season.

Ownership says it has the money to re-sign its important unrestricted free agents, namely All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter.

Defenseman Shea Weber’s restricted free-agent status means his return is likely.

If forward Alexander Radulov decides not to come back to the Predators, they probably can use his rights to deal him for another piece.

Forward Craig Smith had 36 points as a rookie and should have a better sense of the pro game as a sophomore.

Patric Hornqvist and his 27 goals are signed for next season. Leading scorer Martin Erat will be back. Goaltender Pekka Rinne should give the Predators a chance to win on most nights.


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Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar


Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 05/16/12 at 01:55 PM ET

WingsFaninCO's avatar

What, exactly, does Mr. Cooper think the rights to Radulov are worth?  The guy is delusional (at least on this point, which makes me wonder if he has a clue about anything he is saying).

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 05/16/12 at 01:58 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Is there a term for “rose colored glasses X 10”? Man, this Cooper guy is seriously delusional.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/16/12 at 02:27 PM ET

John W.'s avatar

If forward Alexander Radulov decides not to come back to the Predators, they probably can use his rights to deal him for another piece


There can’t be a GM in the entire league that would trade for the rights to negotiate with a lockerroom cancer and a slacker, who will likely demand an outlandish deal, and then bolt back to Russia when he doesn’t get his ass kissed.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 05/16/12 at 04:43 PM ET

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