Yesterday’s news was that the Nashville Predators recalled Pontus Åberg from the Milwaukee Admirals. It wasn’t publicized by the Predators but also included in the mix was Marek Mazanec who was part of the healthy scratch brigade in last night’s 5-2 Game 1 loss against the San Jose Sharks.
It doesn’t end there either. AHL Transactions has updated this afternoon to show that the following players have been release from the following contracts: Zac Larraza (PTO), Janne Juvonen (PTO), Joonas Lyytinen (PTO), and Aaron Irving (ATO).
Those releases aren’t to say that it is the last you will see of those guys. Especially those last three who were drafted by the Predators in recent years. It’s likely that you will see either entry level contracts signed through the Predators or standard player contracts penned to the Admirals in the off-season.
As for the “Black Aces” that typically go up to the Predators once the Admirals season ends there should be more than just Åberg and Mazanec heading up during the parent club’s playoff run. Other names that are very likely to be going to Nashville ahead of Game 3 are: Kevin Fiala, Vladislav Kamenev, Juuse Saros, Frédérick Gaudreau, Stefan Elliott, Corey Potter, and Félix Girard.
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