June 12, 2017
Predators Without 2018 Contracts-Free Agents
NASHVILLE, TN- The 2016-17 Nashville Predators played as a team through out the playoffs and lead all post season teams with 11 different scorers. As we look ahead into the 2017-18 Season, the Predators will have a busy off season trying to hold this team together.
Current Free Agents for the 2017-18 Season
Pontus Aberg Age:23 Salary:$780,833
Viktor Arvidsson Age:24 Salary:$631,667
Harry Zolnierczyk Age:29 Salary:$575,000
Austin Watson Age:25 Salary:$575,000
Mike Fisher Age:37 Salary:$4,400,000
Ryan Johansen Age:24 Salary:$4,000,000
Vernon Fiddler Age:37 Salary:$1,250,000
Frederick Gaudreau Age:24 Salary:$595,000
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau Age:34 Salary:$1,250,000
Brad Hunt Age:28 Salary:$600,000
Yannick Weber Age:28 Salary:$575,000
The Predators could easily be faced with salary cap issues for the 2017-18 season. Anytime a team with young talent such as the Preds, jumps up and makes it to game six of the Stanley Cup Finals, other teams will be ready to dismantle the team by offering young talent big contracts.
The Predators post season scoring came from 11 different players, many of which make near the minimum. As with all sports, Hockey is a business and young players being offered a two million dollar raise is hard to turn down.
The lingering question on all Predator fans mind is will team Captain Mike Fisher return for the 2017-18 season. He is now 37 and requires over 4 million a year in salary.
Without question all Nashville fans would like his return but does it make sense for the team or above all, does it make sense for him.
Fisher has played for 17 years and been compensated well for it. Coupled with being married to one of Country Music’s highest paid stars, Carrie Underwood, and financial requirements will likely not factor in.
The couples high career travel demands and Fishers health will be the determining factors. The other question will be the team looking at Fisher’s 4 Mil a year and can it be applied else where to hold the team together.
Either way, the Nashville Predators will have their work cut out for them this off season as they will attempt to hold this team together.