Are The Nashville Predators Looking To Sign Ilya Kovalchuk?

June 19th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
The Nashville Predators have pulled off two deals this afternoon, sending centre Jason Arnott to the New Jersey Devils in return for Matt Halischuk and a second-round draft choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and sending the rights to defenseman Dan Hamhuis and a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2011 to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Ryan Parent.


Hamhuis, who was widely expected to test the free agent waters this summer, is said to be looking for a contract in the neighborhood of $5 million or more per season on a long term deal.


Arnott, a player that has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons, heads back to New Jersey where he was a member of the Devils from 1997-98 through 2001-2002.


When you factor in what Hamhuis was going to make ($5 million per) and the savings the Predators made on the Arnott deal ($4.5 million), one has to wonder if the Predators plan on doing a little free agent shopping with the Cap room they have saved.


While likely not a preferred destination for Ilya Kovalchuk; Nashville may turn their sights on ...

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