Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/29/05 at 08:56 AM ET
The Detroit Red Wings' signing of defenseman Andreas Lilja last week came as a surprise to the Predators. Nashville had Lilja under contract for the 2004-05 season and could have retained his rights by making him a qualifying offer. But when Lilja told Trotz he planned to remain in Sweden this season, Nashville allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent. "I think we would have had some interest in him,'' Poile said, "but he said he wasn't going to be coming back to the NHL at all this season.''From the same story and it just doesn't sit right with me.
Poile said he believes that when the Predators eventually sign forward Adam Hall — the last unsigned player on the roster — the team's payroll will sit right around $28 million. Owner Craig Leipold has said the Predators want to remain under $28.6 million in order to receive the most revenue-sharing possible at season's end. But Nashville would like to have some flexibility under that figure for potential roster changes later. "We'll just have to deal with that at that point,'' Poile said. "We'll see how competitive we are, how injuries affect us and so on. But for now, that's our budget.''more
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