Nashville Predators Aren't Trading Away Star Goaltender

While there's been a number of trade rumors coming out of Nashville this summer, turns out the Predators have no interest in trading away star goaltender Juuse Saros. Imagine that? 

Trotz was taken back at even being asked the questions at training camp and was quick to point out that Saros is a huge part of their franchise and someone who isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Trotz caught up to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun and had this to say on his netminder:

I think he's a special goaltender. Obviously, he's created his own little legacy. We've been blessed with great goaltending in Nashville. It started with Tomas Vokoun, then Pekka Rinne, and hopefully Juuse for the future. I think he's a special goaltender. I've already reached out to (Saros' agent) Kevin Epp and their group (to) see what their thoughts are on talking.

Saros is signed for the next two seasons and can't sign a new extension until July 1, 2024. It appears that's already on the mind of the Preds GM.

Nashville isn't supposed to be a powerhouse in the Western Conference this season, but they are a team that's going to battle hard and if they get stellar goaltending, they have a shot at sneaking into the wildcard positions.

The Preds made massive changes to their roster this past summer and gone are the likes of Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene. Saros, however is staying and he's the pillar to their success. A big year from the smallish goaltender could mean the Preds can make some serious noise this season.

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