Saturday, April 27, 2013
Preds' offseason priorities
By Victoria Matiash
Acquiring a top-line scoring forward is thought to be on the off-season checklist, as is adding some pop to the blue line. According to Josh Cooper of the Tennessean, the Nashville Predators have yet to make proper amends for the loss of Ryan Suter to the Minnesota Wild. And Copper suggests signing one particular veteran unrestricted free agent this offseason may be just the fix.
"... (Sergei Gonchar) would probably be the best fit for the Predators. Though he’s 39, he could come relatively cheaply, and also handle the power-play quarterback, puck-moving role that Suter vacated. Despite his age, he’s had an excellent year with the Senators (26 points in 43 games, averaging 23:55 ice time). Nashville was interested in him last summer but was unable to strike a deal. Gonchar isn’t Suter, but he can at least add some elements the Predators lost when Suter left ..."
It's rumored the Ottawa Senators are willing to re-sign Gonchar to a one-year deal for substantially less his current $5.5 million annual salary. A two-year deal may entice the experienced D-man to sign elsewhere.