Welcome to the month of July and the start of NHL Free Agency. It has already been a wild time this afternoon with the inspiration for most movies Roland Emmerich directs, Alexander Radulov, signing with the Montréal Canadiens. You know that narcissistic lunatic that borders on being a lightning rod for attention? Didn’t the Canadiens just trade away someone they felt was a bit too much like that for a guy who has a history of not liking Radulov that much? You simply cannot make this stuff up.
By the time I’m writing this the Nashville Predators have reportedly made two signings: Yannick Weber and Matt Irwin. Weber will likely fill the Predators void of having a right handed shooting defenseman named Weber who wears the #6. Irwin will likely provide the Milwaukee Admirals with some solid veteran stability operating on a two-way contracted role.
Irwin probably just picked up the offer perhaps the Predators might have been thinking about with Corey Potter. Either way, the veteran defenseman has been brought in as the veteran on defense. Irwin is 28-years old and will turn 29 at the end of November. He has played 155 games in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins. Last season he was mainly reduced to an AHL role with the Providence Bruins but provided 30 points (5 goals, 25 assists) in 64 games with a plus/minus rating of +1. To put that in perspective that puts him behind Taylor Aronson and Trevor Murphy on last year’s Admirals roster for points produced by a defenseman.
Today was the final practice for the Nashville Predators Rookie Development Camp at Centennial Sportsplex before tomorrow’s scrimmage at Ford Ice Center. Rounding off the final wave of soon to be, or pending, Milwaukee Admirals I chatted with Alexandre Carrier, Anthony Richard, Jonas Gunnarsson, and Mark Visentin.
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