May 14, 2018 | 1:07pm ET
HARTNELL, EMELIN WON’T RETURN TO NASHVILLE
With their season now over, the Nashville Predators will focus on retooling for next season – and some decisions appear to have already been made.
As reported by Adam Vingan of the Nashville Tennessean, the Predators will not be offering veteran forward Scott Hartnell a contract extension, while defenceman Alexei Emelin is not expected to be brought back, either.
Hartnell and Emelin are in the final year of their respective contracts and will become unrestricted free agents July 1.
In addition, Mike Fisher announced over the weekend that he will be retiring, again, and will be hanging up his skates for good.
These moves will certainly allow some of Nashville’s younger players to step up and gain more ice time next season, and some, like 23-year-old Ryan Hartman, will see an increased role.
Hartman, meanwhile, is a pending restricted free agent and is due for a solid raise over the $863,000 he made on his entry-level contract.
Speculation picked up over the weekend when TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta reported on TSN 690 in Montreal that Predators star P.K. Subban could be on the move this off-season, as multiple sources have confirmed to TFP that Nashville has had discussions with other clubs in the past and those talks could pick up again this summer.
Subban, 29, has four-years left on his contract and while there is no guarantee to be traded again, he has generated interest from other teams and the Predators have entertained calls.
With Hartman, goalie Juuse Saros and right wing Miikka Salomaki due for new deals this off-season, Nashville may not be major turn over unless GM David Poile makes a significant move. The Predators have roughly $7.5 million in available salary cap space, as of now, and the cap is expected to increase for next season.