A consistent contender in recent years, the Predators’ window looks like it may have closed. They’ve fallen well behind the pack in the Central Division, and there’s talk that they may be close to deciding it’s time for a rebuild.
No matter how much the Predators decide to tear down their current roster, Mikael Granlund is a pending unrestricted free agent who will likely be available. In 221 regular-season games for the Wild from the 2016-17 to 2018-19 seasons, Granlund scored 187 points, but he hasn’t been the same player since being traded to the Preds. He’s still just 29 years old, though, and looks like someone who might benefit from a change of scenery.
Like Staal and Hall, Granlund isn’t someone the Kings would be committing to beyond this season, and also, like them, he presents an intriguing buy-low opportunity. While the Kings aren’t likely to be significant buyers this year, players like these still offer them a chance to improve their chances this year without sacrificing anything significant for the future.