Sep 28: Now that he is under contract, the Predators can officially loan Trenin overseas to get him back on the ice. They did just that today, sending him to SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL until the start of 2020-21 NHL training camp.
Sep 24: The Nashville Predators have completed some offseason business, signing Yakov Trenin to a new two-year contract. The deal is worth just $700K in 2020-21 and $750K in 2021-22, making the young forward a league-minimum option for the Predators moving forward. Trenin was scheduled to become a restricted free agent next month.
Now 23, Trenin was a second-round pick of the organization back in 2015 but has only just made his NHL debut. Playing in 21 games for the team this season he recorded six points, but proved he could be relied upon at the defensive end of the rink. That alone would likely be enough to put him in the running for next season’s bottom-six, but add in the fact that he scored 20 goals and 35 points in just 32 AHL contests and you can bet Trenin has an inside track.
The 6’2″ forward has proven he can handle himself physically at the next level and should find himself in the NHL lineup more often than not unless Nashville makes some additions this offseason. The fact that he’ll only cost the league minimum and is no longer waiver-exempt only adds to his case.