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Nashville Predators could look to add some scoring help

The Nashville Predators did a great job this unusual off-season by shedding salary and adding some much needed grit to their lineup.

The Preds cleared nearly $13 million in cap space while adding affordable toughness such as Luke Kunin, Nick Cousins, Brad Richardson and Mark Borowiecki.

The Nashville Predators have interest in Mikael Grandlund and Mike Hoffman but have much better chance of landing Hoffman than they do Granlund.

Could Patrik Laine become a Seattle Kraken?

Patrik Laine becomes a restricted free agent with arbitration rights next summer and the Seattle Kraken are one of the few teams who could afford to pay Laine a hefty long-term salary

Seattle Kraken GM Ron Francis is a patient individual, there could be some temptation to bring someone like Laine into the fold to be a star the organization can build around.

Laine has global appeal and a great personality to go with his talents.

With no players on the Krakens current roster GM Francis could offer up multiple 1st round picks for Laine or make a trade once the expansion draft takes place next off-season.

Either way, if Laine is not traded this season, he could very well become a Seattle Kraken next year.

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