As Barry Trotz was taking up because the Nashville Predators GM, rumors abounded throughout the low season that he may shake up the roster. A part of that hypothesis centered on goaltenders Juuse Saros and Yaroslav Askarov.
Saros, 28, is among the many league’s elite goalies, ending as a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2021-22. Askarov, 21, is taken into account Saros’ eventual successor.
Throughout a June 21 interview with Nashville’s 102.5 The Game, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman indicated groups have been calling the Predators based mostly on the daring strikes they made on the March commerce deadline. He believed the Los Angeles Kings have been amongst these inquiring about Saros’ availability.
Later that month, Trotz said he and outgoing Predators GM David Poile have been working the telephones trying to maneuver up into the highest 4 within the first spherical of the draft. Quick-forward to Sept. 20, and The Tennessean‘s Paul Skrbina reported Trotz had dangled Askarov as a commerce chip in hopes of touchdown a top-four choose.
Trotz stated shifting up that top within the draft would require parting along with his prime prospect. He acknowledged having good goalies however may use “a younger middle man that could possibly be dynamic.”
These experiences don’t imply that Trotz will transfer both goalie this season.
“There’s nothing to say that we won’t have Saros or Askarov,” Trotz instructed Skrbina, including that he does not have to maneuver one in all them. On Oct. 4, Trotz instructed The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun he sees Saros as a part of the membership’s long-term plans and already reached out to his agent about discussing a contract extension.
Nonetheless, if the Predators wrestle this season, we should not be shocked if Saros or Askarov resurface on this
season’s rumor mill.
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