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This offseason, Nashville has a lot of big moves to make in order to prepare for the upcoming season. The only player that the Predators currently have long term is Pekka Rinne. Other than that, every single player on their roster has contracts expiring within the next two years.
There are seven restricted free agents that Nashville will look to shore up this offseason. Out of those seven, there are two who I wouldn't mind seeing in the blue and white next year: Alexander Radulov and Shea Weber.
Alexander Radulov is a talented young Russian winger who, even though he spent the last four seasons in the KHL, would still be a great pickup for the Leafs and provide added offense up front. It's difficult to determine whether Radulov will be able to readjust properly to the North American game. He put up great totals in the KHL, scoring 91 goals and 254 points in 210 games over the last four years. In the little bit that Radulov played when he came back to the NHL, he scored four goals and 13 points in the 17 games.
Even though Radulov is still fresh back into the NHL, he will not come cheap this offseason. I can see he him looking for a multiyear deal worth anywhere between $4-5 million a season. An offer sheet like that would see the Leafs offer up, minimum, next year's first-round and third round-pick, and maximum, next year's first-, second- and third-round picks.
Shea Weber, on the other hand, is a player that every team in the NHL will be asking about this offseason. Considered one of the league's premiere defenseman, Weber won't come cheap at any point. Weber had another great season, scoring 19 goals and 49 points while once again being the team's go-to guy and averaging 25-plus minutes a game.
Last season, Weber signed a one-year contract worth $7.5 million and will likely make the same with any new contract he signs, if not more. Either way, any offer sheet headed Weber's way would likely command close to league maximum. Also, I can't see Nashville letting Weber go unless they were getting at least four first-round picks, and even then it would be a toss-up.
When it comes to both Radulov and Weber, I am not too sure what kind of trade would be logical.
First up we will look at Radulov. I personally think he is a top talent and can be a solid pickup for years to come. A potential deal could be Kulemin/MacArthur, Mckegg/Ashton and a first/second-round pick. Maybe a little more or a little less, but I wouldn't mind seeing something like that get done.
A deal for Shea Weber would be a little more tricky. The Leafs would have to offer something of greater value than four first-round picks. I don't know what kind of deal would be good, but maybe something like Kulemin/MacArthur, Kadri, Gunnarsson, first-round and second-round pick.
Wouldn't mind hearing what people have to say about any of these deals.