Matt Halischuk was scratched in Thursday night’s loss to the Penguins, but returned to the lineup on Saturday with a scoring touch, picking up 3 points in 2 games.
Matt Halischuk returned to the Predators lineup on Monday night and netted his 11th goal of the season.
This edition of the PuckScene.com PuckCast features a quick soundbite from Matt Halischuk and Barry Trotz’s full, extended press conference following the Predators’ 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena.
Nashville’s Matt Halischuk has scored a career-best 9 goals so far in the 2011-12 season.
The Predators finished 5-of-6 shorthanded in Saturday night’s shootout victory.
The good news – the Predators have resigned Nick Spaling, Matt Halischuk, Cal O’Reilly and Chris Mueller. Spaling and Halischuk are both locked down for the next two years, while O’Reilly and Mueller each have a one year deal. Mueller, who spent the majority of the season in Milwaukee, will be on a two-way contract.
The better news – because all of these players have been locked down, the NHLPA’s grievance is, for the most part, moot. These four players, along with Linus Klasen, Andreas Thuresson and Sergei Kostitsyn, were the players whose qualifying offers were allegedly turned in late. Since Klasen is headed to Sweden and Thuresson is now part of the New York Rangers system, only Kostitsyn remains.
Of course, the bad news is that Kostitsyn’s remains status remains up in the air. The highest scoring Predators last year, Kostitsyn probably would have gone to arbitration anyway and the Predators probably would have signed him to a two year deal for whatever the arbitrator awarded him, provided it was within reason. In other words, if the qualifying offer situation had been resolved already, then arbitration would have been a formality for the most part. It’s almost a given that the Predators want to bring Kostitsyn back, but the potential now hangs in the air that he could become an unrestricted free agent.
Regardless of the looming NHLPA arbitration for Kostitsyn (and potentially the rights to Linus Klasen), the sound you hear coming from 501 Broadway is a major sigh of relief.
Press release after the jump.