3 Players Predators Could Trade Next

Many don't know what to think of the Nashville Predators this season. They have some elite talent, but also a very young lineup who could repeat some of the success of last season, or sink back into where they probably should be. The direction of the season will surely determine what happens with a handful of players as Barry Trotz is officially at the helm now. Here's a look at who the Predators could trade next.

Tyson Barrie

Tyson Barrie was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers as the big player coming back in the Mattias Ekholm deal. While Barrie did see some power-play time and more minutes once he arrived in Nashville, their defensive unit is jam packed and he could be the one to go. There were reports not so long ago that suggested he could be traded at the deadline whether the team is in the playoff race or not.

Alexandre Carrier

Alexandre Carrier had a strong rookie season, but took a step back last season. This was due to the personnel brought in by the Predators and just less playing time. He only got into 43 games and produced nine points after a 30-point rookie campaign. He will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, and other than Barrie, is the only defenseman who will need a new contract. He would be a cheap option for teams and if there's no interest in re-signing him or no intention by the player to re-sign, a trade would be the best course of action.

Thomas Novak

Thomas Novak was one of those inexperienced Predators that had a very strong season once called upon to not only play in the NHL, but in an impactful role. He put up 17 goals and 43 points in 51 games. He is now expected to have a full-time NHL role to begin the season, but most likely in the bottom-six/third line. 12 of his points came on the power play, where I don't think he sees as much consistent time on there this season. He's on a very good deal for one final season before becoming a UFA. If the Predators decide to sell again, he might even get a little less than a Tanner Jeannot type return from the right buyers. At $800,000 AAV, any team could realistically acquire him.

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