Report: Nashville Predators Set Asking Price for Trading Yaroslav Askarov

The Nashville Predators are open to trading top goaltending prospect Yaroslav Askarov, it's just going to take a serious trade offer to do so.

According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the Predators have informed other teams they will move Askarov, only for a very comparable top prospect or a proven NHL talent, and it doesn't necessarily have to be a goaltender.

Friedman states "Nashville’s told teams — and there are a lot of interested parties — that the price for Yaroslav Askarov is either a current NHLer or a similarly highly-rated prospect who is not a goalie."

The Predators recently signed Juuse Saros to an eight-year contract and Askarov immediately went on social media and was quoted as saying 'everything happens for a reason'. It's obvious he doesn't want to return to the AHL in Milwaukee and after two very strong seasons, is looking to play regular NHL minutes. Frankly, he's good enough he should be.

The Predators tried to move Askarov at the NHL Draft but nobody within the top-five draft slots wanted to make a deal. Now with free agency around the corner, the Preds can leverage the goaltending market to see which teams have the biggest desire to get a deal done.

One things for sure, Saros is the starter in Nashville for the foreseeable future and Askarov will be on the move at some point this summer.

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