Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 7/5/13
For the Predators, something they’ve sorely lacked recently is grit and depth. That may not be the scenario any longer. Nashville locked up five free agents on the first day of the NHL’s Free Agency period today, signing Viktor Stalberg, Matt Cullen, Matt Hendricks, Eric Nystrom, and Carter Hutton. Nashville needed a boost after the losses of both Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn to the lineup. Adding Stalberg to a four-year deal and Cullen to a two-year deal, the Predators not only add offensive production back into their squad, but a veteran presence with Cullen as well. Stalberg, who won Stanley Cups in Chicago both this year and in 2010, and Cullen, who won a Stanley Cup in Carolina in 2006, both know what it takes to win. In addition, the pickups of Matt Hendricks and Eric Nystrom give Nashville gritty depth to their bottom six lineup. With players like Brandon Yip and Matt Halischuk not returning to the team this year, the Predators easily filled those gaps and boosted their ...
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