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Trotz: ‘We’re going to have a very busy summer’

Following Wednesday’s practice, Predators head coach Barry Trotz was asked about being able to evaluate some of the younger players in these final games. Here was his response:

“You have to do something productive and the productive thing is that you’re getting a long, hard look at guys, where they are … We want to build a top-level team here, so guys are showing us if they’re capable of being top-level guys or being a part of a top-level team. That’s really what you’re evaluating. And then obviously we’re going to have a very busy summer. That’s going to be part of the process.”

“A busy summer, in what way?” a media member asked.

“In just trying to retool ourselves as a team,” Trotz said. “We have to make some decisions on guys. We’ll be looking at everything. David [Poile] has a gameplan that’s probably inappropriate for me to comment on, but I know we’re going to have to have a very busy summer and make sure that we fill holes.

“Let’s not sugarcoat it – we want to be a top-level team and we have to go there. We’re going to have to do what’s necessary to do that.”

The Predators have three pending unrestricted free agents for this summer – Chris Mason, Chris Mueller and Brandon Yip – along with a bevy of restricted free agents, eight to be exact, including Roman Josi, Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.

According to CapGeek.com, the Predators have 15 players signed for 2013-14 for a total of $43 million. With the salary cap coming down to $64.3 million, GM David Poile will have some cap room to work with this off-season. For the first time in three years, Poile won’t be spending time trying to lock up the Big Three of Pekka Rinne, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber.

 
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