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The Predators really got burned this offseason by their Restricted Free Agents, many of which opted to go to arbitration and as a result, the Predators weren't able to bring them back on board.
Their biggest unrestricted loss: Steve Sullivan. Despite only appearing in 44 games last season, the Preds former Assistant Captain scored 22 points, and then added three more in nine post-season games.
Sullivan was instrumental in more ways than the numbers show, however, as his contributions led to the Predators' offensive success against Anaheim, which put the team through to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
Their other biggest UFA loss has to be Joel Ward. The 30-year-old only notched 29 points during the regular season, but came alive in the playoffs, lighting up Anaheim and Vancouver for 13 points including seven goals.
His sudden spark caught so many people's attention that he was offered a four-year, $12 million contract by the Washington Capitals, where he'll be next season.
Marcel Goc, another key third-line player who came alive in the post-season left for the Florida Panthers.
Even now, the Predators continue to be haunted as their captain and Norris Trophy-finalist defenseman Shea Weber is still holding out for an arbitration hearing, which he likely will get a contract out of (the Predators have over $23 million in cap space to work with), but the losses so far have really crumpled the team.
Tough guy Shane O'Brein was picked up by the Colorado Avalanche, eliminating a small but still important piece of the Preds gritty, pestering fourth line.
Not all the news is bad though.
Right Wing Zack Stortini, signed away from the Edmonton Oilers, will hopefully fill in for some of that grit that O'Brein brought to the team, and hopefully for the Predators, won't take as many unnecessary penalties.
Center Kyle Wilson is hardly NHL ready, but is showing some promising signs at the AHL level.
And Niclas Bergfors has shown some flashes of talent and potential, even though he really hasn't lived up to his billing so far in his career.
However, the Preds are going to seriously miss the likes of Joel Ward and Steve Sullivan next year, and without any significant imports to boast, the team really got worse this summer.