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Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile held his pre-draft press conference at Bridgestone Arena today. Among the non-draft highlights was the status of a handful of restricted free agents.
Jon Blum, Nashville’s first round pick in 2007 (#23 overall), has not been extended an qualifying offer. After impressing during the final half of the 2010-11 campaign, Blum had a rough go when given a full-time spot the following year. He rebounded well enough to spend the entire lockout-shortened season with the big club but obviously didn’t impressive enough to be asked back. Truth be told, a numbers game could play a factor in this decision as well. With young defensemen like Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm and Victor Bartley ready for prime time, Blum is very much an odd man out. The Rancho Santa Margarita, California, native is coming off a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 at the NHL level.
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