By Nick Villano @nick_villano on June 12, 2014
The Nashville Predators went through a wholesale change with their coaching staff for the first time in their team's history. They said goodbye to Barry Trotz and said hello to Peter Laviolette. With the change, there will be some turnover with the players. Laviolette will want to bring in some players he is more familiar with, so these five will have to find new homes next season.
The Nashville Predators are said to be in play for Ottawa Senators captain Jason Spezza. To bring in a talent like that you have to give talent in return. Colin Wilson will almost definitely be a piece the Sens go after, and then they will be getting a center in return for their best center.
With Laviolette's system, he may want some more offensive defensemen on the team. While Mattias Ekholm was markedly better, the Preds may take the draft pick in return for him at this point. Before this year he looked like a bust candidate, and they would be wise to move on from the extra risk.
If the Senators trade Jason Spezza, it is likely they will look to rebuild for a year or two. If that is the case, they will be willing to take on the one-year contract of a 37-year-old forward. Matt Cullen would be a great asset for a younger team, like he has been for the Preds the past year.
Michael Del Zotto came over in a trade with the New York Rangers early in the season. They sent Kevin Klein in return for the 23-year-old, but the Preds expected more than three goals from the offensive defenseman. He didn't execute, and now he will have to find his third team in two years.
Patrick Eaves did not spend much time with the Predators. He only played five games with the team after coming over in the David Legwand trade. He had a lower-body injury that was only supposed to last a few days, but he was not seen in the NHL for the rest of the year.
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