Predators Rumors: Askarov Trade Attempt Shows Direction Of Team

At the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, it was reported by Paul Skrbina that Yaroslav Askarov was made available for trade. In order to move up the draft, likely to acquire a centerman, the Predators were willing to part ways with their young future number one.

This trade attempt gives us a clear picture of the thinking of the Predators moving forward, and it isn't to trade Jusse Saros anytime soon. The Predators might be in a middle of the pack spot, but they have a lot of young talent and draft picks to use to get better sooner rather than later. Saros has two years left on his deal, but Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg, the other two pillars on the team, are signed for longer. Within two seasons, I think Nashville thinks they can turn things around and re-sign Saros.

The Predators better be certain they can keep Saros around if they're trying to trade his heir. The team may very well try and trade Askarov again next draft to move up and select a top centerman. Assuming Saros is signed for another seven or eight years after his contract is done, it will take him to his late 30s. There won't be any room for Askarov and it would make much more sense to use him to bolster other areas so the team can be very competitive again.

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