3 Nashville Predators Who Could Be Traded Next

After Ryan Johansen was moved by the Nashville Predators in a straight salary dump to the Colorado Avalanche, there's no doubt the Preds' are considering all their options. With a new GM and new coach behind the bench the team is in a state of transition. Here's three Predators who could be traded next as the team continues to shake things up:

Juuse Saros

Yes, the offer would need to be a massive one but there's been some trade winds swirling around Saros. The Pittsburgh Penguins have a lot of interest, as do the Ottawa Senators. Saros is one of the best goalies in the league and Nashville will need to think long and hard how much they want to blow it up. Last season the Vezina candidate recorded a .919 save % in 64 appearances. He's a stud 1-A starter who instantly gives any team a chance to win. This trade would include top prospects, young roster players and draft picks heading to Smashville.

Matt Duchene

Duchene better not buy green bananas after watching Johansen get shipped out for nothing. The Predators retained $4 million on his salary and could very well be doing the same thing for a Duchene deal over the next couple of weeks. Last season the Muskoka, ON native recorded 56 points in 71 games. He has three seasons left at $8 million annually and holds trade protection against seven teams of his choice. Two teams to watch here, the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs. Both teams are looking for depth up front on the trade market and if the Preds are willing to retain money, both GM's will be very interested.

Tyson Barrie

It feels like Barrie has been traded 10 times. He was a big piece of the Mattias Ekholm deal to the Oilers and now finds himself as a prime trade candidate in Smashville. Barrie has one season left on his deal at $4.5 million and last season put up 55 points in 85 games. Yes, between the Preds and Oil, the mobile defenseman played 85 games. A rare stat indeed. While Barrie isn't a shut-down defender he's a rover type who can help supply secondary offense. Teams won't be lining up but there will be a small market for a deal here and one that's likely coming this summer.

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