On Tuesday night, the Nashville Predators announced a few more cuts, as they get much closer to their maximum 23-man roster. Included in those cuts were goaltender Juuse Saros, leaving the goaltending tandem of Pekka Rinne and Marek Mazanec. That was the assumed pairing at the start of the summer and it certainly panned out that way. Now it will be about trying to find what the apt split of time will be for the two and how the scoring will be spread out as well.
No surprises on Wednesday morning, as Chris Dreidger was the goalie sent down in the latest round of cuts for the Ottawa Senators, leaving Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond as the starting combination for the 2017 season. One would have to assume that Anderson starts the year as the number one, but this is a goaltending situation that has the potential of being split closer to the middle, before the end of the season, increasing the risk of top end points for Anderson.
The Senators roster is now down to 25 players and with Clarke MacArthur and Mark Stone dealing with concussion issues, they could be close to being done. Their current 25-man roster is $4.45 million clear of the cap ceiling, so they're in great shape today.