At the time, Brandon Yip called it a “wake-up call and reality check.” He had recently been put on waivers by Colorado and wasn’t getting a chance to prove himself under head coach Joe Sacco. Yip had turned into a regular healthy scratch and fell out of favor with the team that drafted him in 2004.
The Predators liked what they had seen from Yip in their games against Colorado and decided to take a flier on him. The waiver claim didn’t grab any headlines, but Yip was a valuable mid-season addition to the lineup for no cost at all.
“He was one of those guys I always noticed in Colorado; our coaching staff seemed to notice he was a good player,” Predators head coach Barry Trotz said. “We thought he had a good work ethic, thought he was good along the boards. We liked what we saw in him and it was a really good pick-up for us.”
Yip added experienced depth and fit like a glove in a fourth-line role for Trotz. Yip, who plays bigger than his 6-foot-1 physical frame, had seven points in 25 games with the Predators after joining the team on January 19th.
The 27-year-old native of British Columbia is an unrestricted free agent this summer. When making his decision on where he wants to play next season, Yip said he would value the opportunity he was given by Nashville.
“I’m thankful they gave me another chance to come play,” Yip said last week. “It was a tough situation [in Colorado]. I felt really thankful to come to such a great organization. They treat everyone with respect here. It’s something I really respect and I’ve enjoyed my time so far.”
With so much depth up front, the Predators were rotating forwards in and out of the lineup down the stretch and in the playoffs. Yip wasn’t one of them, though. He played in all 10 playoff games and seemed to gain the trust of Trotz – which should be a good sign going forward.
“You never know what guys want to do, but we’ll express that we would like to retain him,” Trotz said.
Yip said of Trotz, “He’s a great coach and communicates really well. You can tell he’s a good guy as a human being. You can tell he really cares about the players and that makes you want to play for him.”