The Nashville Predators and general manager David Poile made another big splash this summer.
During NHL draft weekend, Poile sent PK Subban to the New Jersey Devils for defensemen Steven Santini and Jeremy Davies, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
The move was to make some salary cap space as Poile landed one of the big fish in the free agent market as he inked Matt Duchene to a seven year contract worth $8million a season.
With Poile signing Duchene, not only did it put the Preds up against the cap with only $5million in cap space but also gives the team a serious surplus of centers.
Along with Duchene, the Preds now have Ryan Johansen, Kyle Turris, Mikael Granlund, Craig Smith, Nick Bonino, Calle Jarnkrok, Frederik Gaudreau and Colton Sissons as all players who can play down the middle.
Adam Vingan of The Athletic believes one of Turris or Bonino will likely get moved before the start of the season.
"I won’t be surprised if Turris and Bonino are still on the team at the start of the season, but my gut feeling is that one of them gets traded by opening night. Much of the speculation has revolved around Turris, but in my opinion, the Predators should trade Bonino."
The Canadiens have been attached to both players over the last two years.
Turris carries five more years on his contract at $6million a season while Bonino carries two more years at $4.1million a season. Neither players have any trade/movement clauses.