While nothing is official from the team yet, it appears as if the Nashville Predators have made a relatively significant roster move ahead of their game with the Vegas Golden Knights.
According to Sportsnet columnist and reporter Chris Johnston, the Preds have waived Daniel Carr.
On NHL waivers today: Daniel Carr (NASH).
Andy Welinski (PHI) cleared from yesterday.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 15, 2019
If confirmed by the Preds, this would put the Predators roster at 21 players ahead of their game with the Golden Knights. It also signals an important change for the team in terms of their roster moving forward.
The Preds signed Carr to a one-way contract worth $700K back in the summer. Carr was coming off of an AHL MVP season, where he scored 30 goals and had 41 assists for the Chicago Wolves. He also played in six games for the Golden Knights, scoring one goal.
The signing was a curious one, but also a typical one for David Poile, who likes to find bargain contracts during more budget conscious summers. Coming into the season, Carr was a very low-risk, medium-reward kind of player, not unlike Rocco Grimaldi was during the 2018-19 season.
It would appear as if that low-risk did not pay off, however.
First, the likelihood that someone claims Carr off waivers is pretty high. We are well into the meat of the NHL season, far past any “gentleman’s agreement” where teams don’t go after waived players. And plenty of teams could use the scoring potential that Carr has.
Second, even if Carr clears waivers, he is probably not likely to be the first called up upon a stint in Milwaukee. Eeli Tolvanen and Rem Pitlick outplayed Carr during the preseason and Carr did nothing during his first couple games with the Preds to prove that he should be kept around.
Who takes Carr’s spot?
With the Preds’ roster now at 21 players, the team has even more flexibility than before. Since Carr was not exempt from waivers, the Preds were essentially forced to keep him on the opening night roster, despite him not looking great in the preseason.
Even after sitting for a few games, Carr did nothing in his first two games to show he belonged on this roster. He was essentially a one-way, one-style player who needed skill players around him in order to succeed. He had some speed and some skill, but unless a pass was on his tape, he wasn’t going to make an individual play.
By waiving Carr, they now have the ability to call up a number of intriguing options, depending on their needs.
Eeli Tolvanen, the Preds first round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, has a goal and an assist in three games with the Admirals so far. His unique scoring touch and ability in the offensive zone could be an improvement on the bottom lines.
Then there is Rem Pitlick, who just barely missed the Preds opening night roster in preseason. He only has one assist in three games with the Ads, but his work along the boards and speed in transition could be valuable.
There’s also defensive help, which I mentioned recently is probably needed. Frederic Allard and Jeremy Davies both looked great in preseason and could help give Dante Fabbro or Yannick Weber some time to gather their thoughts.
Regardless of who the Nashville Predators replace Daniel Carr with, it’s safe to say this off-season signing was an uncommon miss by David Poile.
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