The Nashville Predators are signing forward Mikael Granlund to an extension, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports. It’s a four-year contract worth $5MM per season.
Granlund will return to Nashville despite a couple of rough seasons. After multiple 60-point seasons with the Minnesota Wild, he’s yet to reach that level of offense in the Nashville organization after being traded for Kevin Fiala. In fact, he’s scored just 62 points across 130 games with Nashville. There have been many instances of the Predators looking to trade him as well, but for now, Granlund will indeed stay put in the Music City. Granlund’s production jumped slightly this season along with an elevation in minutes, as Granlund could potentially serve as the team’s first-line center in lieu of Ryan Johansen or Matt Duchene. A dip in Granlund’s defensive game this season carries some significant cause for concern, though, as if that pace keeps up, he could become yet another expensive liability in Nashville’s top-six despite them embarking on a rebuild.
However, if Nashville opts to give Johansen or Duchene those first-line minutes, Granlund could still rebound to some good numbers in 2021-22 with some slightly restricted minutes. He still tracks as a capable offensive forward with some finishing ability, despite having some consistency issues over the past few seasons. The $5MM hit could make some fans nervous, but if Granlund is used effectively, it could be a gamble worth making.
A bit more money than he’s worth, but not a terrible deal.
Maybe a little rich, but I think his skill set translates better to being a valuable player in years 3 and 4, even if he’s playing further down the lineup. It will definitely not be the worst contract on the team in 2024.