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Nashville Predators: Expectations high for 2017-2018 season

Last year, the Nashville Predators put the whole league on notice. Surpassing many expectations, the Predators would rip through team after team like a hot knife through butter. With the teamwork and effort each player put in, they’d also find themselves going through the shortest offseason in franchise history. For the past few years, fans have seen Nashville come closer and closer to being a dominant team. Last year, it finally happened.

So, what’s next? Simple. Higher expectations. With the effort put in last season, the Predators made it to the Stanley Cup Finals and set the bar for this upcoming season. Thanks to coach Peter Laviolette, fans in Nashville have tasted greatness.

Expectations this year will be no different. This young Nashville team has the talent to keep the expectations the same. Due to few players leaving, and some key additions, it may be hard for fans to identify missing players at all. With that said, here is a very small list of transactions from the Predators’ offseason:

Higher expectations. With the effort put in last season, the Predators made it to the Stanley Cup Finals and set the bar for this upcoming season. Thanks to coach Peter Laviolette, fans in Nashville have tasted greatness. Expectations this year will be no different. This young Nashville team has the talent to keep the expectations the same. Due to few players leaving, and some key additions, it may be hard for fans to identify missing players at all.

With that said, here is a very small list of transactions from the Nashville Predators’ offseason:

Notable Players Lost

Mike Fisher: Retirement.

James Neal: Drafted by Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft.

Collin Wilson: Traded to Colorado for a draft pick after the upcoming season.

While Mike Fisher is the name the Predators might badly, the Predators were able to bring in a good replacement via trade. In addition, Nashville signed a handful of names via free agency that will also make an impact.

Notable Players Added

Nick Bonino: Signed via free agency.

Alexi Emelin: Acquired via trade from Golden Knights.

Scott Hartnell: Signed 1-year contract with Predators to end career where it began.

With the aforementioned trade of Collin Wilson, the Predators were also able to re-sign some more valuable pieces to their puzzle. Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen, Frederick Gaudreau, Austin Watson and Pontus Aberg will also be returning. Anders Lindback and Marek Mazanec will also return to the Predators on new contracts.

As most of the core players for the Predators stayed intact, the Predators look like they could be a major threat again. Whether the Predators make the Finals again is anyone’s guess. The Central Division though may very well run through Nashville. Or does it?

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