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Friedman: Predators Asked About Johansen, Duchene, Nugent-Hopkins

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Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 on Monday morning.

On the Nashville Predators:

“I think they have a pretty big decision to make. They’re asking around. I think they’ve asked about Johansen. I think they asked about Matt Duchene when Duchene was available. I think they’re one of the teams that asked about Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

“What they’re being told – pretty simple. ‘Which one of your defensemen are you willing to give up?’

“They’re not willing to go into their top three – which is Shea Weber, Roman Josi, Seth Jones – but that’s what everybody wants. So I think there’s a bit of a poker game being played there.

“It’s going to be interesting because I think Nashville is good enough to win the Stanley Cup. They’re going through a tough situation of as of late. Pekka Rinne hasn’t been himself. Some of their guys have been in huge slumps. But I think they are good enough. When they get it all straightened out, I think they’re good enough to win. They know they need one more big offensive piece, but the price is high to get it. We’ll see whose opinion changes on all of this.

So a guy like Ellis may be available?

“I think that obviously if Nashville had their choice, that’s what they’d rather do. An Ellis or an Ekholm. But teams want more than that. Nashville, at this point in time, is not willing to do it. And I don’t know if they’ll ever be willing to do it, to be perfectly honest.

“I did reach out to David Poile this weekend, but he preferred not to talk, which is totally understandable. The rumors are bad enough. You don’t want to unsettle your team anymore by actually commenting on it.

“He did say something interesting last week to one of their beat reporters. He said that whenever we ask for a forward, they ask for a defenseman. So I do think that if he could do it without giving up one of the top three, he would. But if one of those other teams was interesting in that, the deal would probably be done already.”

Source: Sportsnet 960/ Transcript: Nichols

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