There wasn't a great deal of goaltending on this year's pool worthy free agent list, but Juuse Saros did certainly make his mark with the Nashville Predators this season, giving the team a steady backup behind Pekka Rinne, offering the number one a confident rest on his scheduled days off. For that, the 23-year old Finn was rewarded in his new deal from restricted free agency, earning a 3-year, $4.5 million deal on Monday.
Saros appeared in 26 games for Nashville in the 2018 season and posted 11 wins and 31 points in those games, which was good enough for 44th overall in pool scoring among goalies. Giving him some quality minutes in the season, certainly helped his confidence and I would be expecting much of the same in the 2019 season as well.
The Predators also re-signed forward Ryan Hartman to a 1-year deal on Monday, giving him $875,000, but he was more like a fringe player in the year, but he'll feature on the team update below.
|Ryan Johansen||8.000||P.K. Subban||9.000||Pekka Rinne||7.000|
|Filip Forsberg||6.000||Roman Josi||4.000||Juuse Saros||1.500|
|Kyle Turris||6.000||Mattias Ekholm||3.750|
|Viktor Arvidsson||4.250||Ryan Ellis||2.500|
|Craig Smith||4.250||Matt Irwin||0.675|
|Nick Bonino||4.100||Yannick Weber||0.675|
|Calle Jarnkrok||2.000||Anthony Bitetto||0.650|
The Nashville Predators remain a strong looking team, especially on paper, working from the back end outwards, so it's really in their best interest to remain cap friendly... and they are! Without any major glaring free agents left to sign on their side, they are still coming in with $8.3 million in cap space with this 23-man roster above. That's a pretty good number and one they can certainly use to their advantage. They will certainly be looked upon favourably, once the projections come out next month.