The team's main priority has been to extend star defenseman Shea Weber, which they have succeeded with by matching a 14-year offer sheet signed by Weber from Philadelphia.
Now that the Weber issue has been taken care of, the Predators should look for a defense partner for him in order to replace Suter.
Even with the monster deal for Weber, the Predators still have over $16 million in cap space, according to capgeek.com.
Rumors have been circulating around the NHL all over Twitter, ESPN's NHL rumor page and hockey news websites like hockeybuzz.com that the Calgary Flames are looking to trade defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.
Teams that have been linked to Bouwmeester on these sites include Detroit, Philadelphia and St. Louis, but not Nashville so far.
Yes, Bouwmeester's cap hit is $6.68 million per year according to CapGeek, and his numbers may be down in recent years, but one must remember that he has played nine NHL seasons and has never made the playoffs; he has unfortunately ended up with less-than quality teams.
If he could go to Nashville and play next to Weber, don't tell me his play wouldn't improve. Watch Ryan Suter without his old partner this year and see what you think.
Since Nashville has so much cap space, they could trade for Bouwmeester and still have about $10 million left to do whatever they please.
The Predators should be just fine even if they don't get Bouwmeester. Losing Ryan Suter is by no means the end of the world; however, the addition of "JBo" would definitely help out the team's chances.
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