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Why The Predators Are Not As Screwed As People Think

The Nashville Predators matched Shea Weber’s 14-year, $110-million offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers. Predators fans could sigh in relief that they were keeping their captain and, arguably, best player. On top of that, their two-time Vezina Trophy finalist goalie, Pekka Rinne, signed a 7-year, $49-million dollar contract in November of 2011. Things seem to be looking up, right? Well, to many people, no.

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Since 2011, the Predators have lost a staggering sixteen players. Nine of those players were lost in the 2011-2012 season, or this offseason, alone. Players lost in 2010-2011 are:

As for the 2011-2012 season/offseason, the losses were a bit more touchy:

All that really felt like a blow to the Predators, but not all hope is lost. If you look past all the negative, the Predators are just as good a team as ever. As I said earlier, they’ve cemented Pekka Rinne and Shea Weber. Yes, they have not replaced Weber’s defensive partner, Ryan Suter, but if their younger defensive players can step up to the plate, there shouldn’t be any problems.

I’m not bashing Suter, because he is a good defenseman, but when he was playing alongside Weber, I believe his ability was viewed as being better than it actually was. No fault to him, but of course someone is going to look good when Shea Weber is the other half of their defensive pair. If you really break it down, there were many, many times when Suter was hurting more than he was helping. I know some Predators fans are/have been dwelling on losing Suter, but I see it as a blessing in disguise. Losing him made the Predators able to afford Weber.

Losing Radulov isn’t a very big hit, seeing as he played well during the playoffs, but wasn’t necessarily the huge impact everyone expected. Kostitsyn, on the other hand, hurt. He was part of a line, with his brother Sergei and David Legwand, which proved very effective. The Predators still have the likes of Martin Erat, Colin Wilson, Gabriel Bourque, Mike Fisher, David Legwand, Patric Hornqvist, Paul Gaustad, and Sergei Kostitsyn. No complaining there.

The Predators have been in much worse situations during the offseason. Just remember: it could always be worse.

We could have lost both Suter AND Weber.

Kayla Pickens

I'm a 22-year-old Communications Major. Devout Nashville Predators fan. From Nashville, but currently living in Dyersburg, TN. (Ten minutes from the Missouri boot-heel.) My life basically revolves around hockey. When I'm not watching hockey, I'm listening to Carter Hulsey & A Day To Remember.
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