After just a few months with the organization, Carl Persson has been placed on unconditional waivers according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. Persson was signed in May to a two-year entry-level contract, but has only played in the ECHL this season. His contract will likely be terminated tomorrow, allowing him to return to Sweden for the rest of the season.
Persson, 23, had an excellent season in the SHL last year that included 13 goals and 24 points in 52 games. The undrafted forward looked like a good bet to at least give the Predators some minor league depth, but obviously isn’t pleased with his role in the ECHL. This has been an uncommonly active year for contract terminations, with the Predators already parting ways with Tyler Moy as he pursued an opportunity in Switzerland. Like Moy, Persson will actually become an unrestricted free agent once again and could potentially sign with another NHL team, though that seems extremely unlikely at this point.
For the Predators, this will open up another contract slot going forward making them one of the teams to watch when it comes to this year’s late-season free agent market. With roster room, ample cap space and a solid tradition of success, the team should be very attractive to free agents from the NCAA and Europe. Though Persson didn’t work out, the Predators will continue to try and find value from the fringes.