After rallying at home in game 6 and pushing their series against the Flames to a final match-up, the Predators have run out of gas for the last mile. Nashville lost the last game by a score of 4-1. Calgary's Brandon Morrison scored a hat-trick to burn down the Predators and end their season.
The Predators management had went a long way to try to push the team to a 2nd round this year by acquiring many to be UFAs. While the team still has plenty of youth, many of their playoff lineup are expected to test the UFA market. Andy McDonald, Brooks Orpik, Michal Roszival and Bryan Allen will all probably play a part in the summer dance. Meanwhile, the Nashville's brass will probably try to ink RJ Umberger to a long term contract before he hits the market.
Restricted free agents are all expected to receive offers, with Ryan McDonagh getting the bigger raise. Lauri Korpikoski, Keaton Ellerby, Clayton Stoner and Nick Spaling will likely all look for a bump in salary as well.
Now that they're out, the Predators GM, Sylvain Tremblay, has extended good wishes to Calgary on their run to win the cup a second year in a row.