Thursday, July 7, 2011

Preds: RFA's Come Home

Around 3 p.m. central time Joshua Cooper the beat writer for the Nashville Predators broke the story that four of Nashville's restricted free agents had been resigned.  Matt Halischuk, Cal O'Reilly, Nick Spaling and Chris Mueller.  Halischuk's deal is two years 1.425 million.  Halischuk had four goals and eight assists over ywenty-seven games.  Halischuk also played in all twelve of the Predators playoff games registering two goals, including the game winner in Nashville's double overtime thriller against the Canucks.  Cal O'Reilly's deal is one year and 1.05 million dollars.  In half a season, thirty-eight games to be precise, Cal had six goals and eight assists totaling eighteen points.  As simple math will tell us, he was on pace for around thirty-six points, which would have put him at seventh on the team.  Cal is showing growth in the offensive department, he gained two points in four less games.  Nick Spaling's new deal earned him two years and 2.1 million.  Spaling scored his first career goal this season then kept going.  Spaling registered eight goals and six assists a huge surplus for a defensive specialist.  In fact the Preds won all eleven games that he registered a point in.  Finally Chris Mueller signed a one year deal worth 550 thousand dollars.  The deal is a two way deal with Milwaukee.  Mueller only registered three assists this year, but did not see much ice time.  The kid showed good hustle and great play in the corners.
All four of these players are great signings for the Predators.  They all play Predator hockey, a.k.a. they know that there are two zones that players must enter.  All this comes the day before the Predators date with the arbitrators over the whole qualifying offer fiasco.  All of these players were a steal and fit the system well.  In one sweep Poile puts the team right back to where we were. 

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