The Nashville Predators will have only one significant change in their roster on Sunday when they hit the ice, as expected, for the start of what will be an abbreviated training camp.
Assuming the leagues collective bargaining agreement is ratified in time, the departure of All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter via free agency to Minnesota remains the most glaring absence from the team that advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight season in 2012 and finished with the fifth-most points in the NHL during the regular season.
Predators general manager David Poile managed to re-sign virtually all of the other players whom he wanted to most notably captain Shea Weber, who was a finalist for the Norris Trophy (best defenseman) for the second straight season.
As a result, the biggest storyline entering the season will be how Roman Josi, in his second season, transitions to a first-pair defenseman as Webers partner. Josis skating ability and offensive ski...