Nashville Predators Have 3 Untouchables At Trade Deadline

It appears as though the Nashville Predators are open for business and they will sell what they can at the 2023 Trade Deadline. With two of their top forwards injured and outside of a playoff spot with a tough road to the postseason, it appears as though a reset is in order. The team has struggled overall this season, and other than a few players, it has been a big regression from the successful 2021-22 regular season.

The Predators already traded Nino Niederreiter to the Winnipeg Jets which revealed their deadline plans. They won't be going full sale mode as there is believed to be three untouchables according to Jeff Marek. Those untouchables are Roman Josi, Juuse Saros, and Filip Forsberg. This indicates the plans for the summer as David Poile still hopes he can retool the team and make them competitive once again.

Other than the Predators' top three players, anyone could go. Nashville has one pending UFA, Kevin Lankinen, who could garner trade interest as a cheap option in net. He's had a solid season. There will be trade interest in Colton Sissons for a team to bolster their bottom-six and bring in a defensive-minded faceoff man.

There have already been reports of interest in two young players, Dante Fabbro and Tanner Jeannot, who have had down years and could be moved. Fabbro is expected to be moved and the San Jose Sharks have shown interest. Jeannot's price is high but there is still interest as he's a very physical player who has proven he can score.

It remains to be seen who else is traded, but one thing is for sure; Josi, Saros, and Forsberg are sticking around.

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