Denis Gurianov had a new contract. The Nashville Predators sign young forward Denis Gurianov to a one year deal that will have an AAV of $850k. This is a great deal for both sides as his hockey career continues.
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1 year / 1-way
Gurianov did not receive a QO from Montreal, resulting in him being UFA and able to sign with any team he wanted. https://t.co/lIsAw119Ox
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Predators Sign Denis Gurianov
After being traded to Montreal in exchange for Evgenii Dadonov, Gurianov was one of the bright spots on the Canadiens offence. He was missing a spark. However, his time in Montreal has come to an end.
Being drafted by the Dallas Stars 12th overall in 2015, he quickly became one of the team’s top forwards. He made a name for himself with the AHL’s Texas Stars.
Gurianov started his 2022-2023 season in a bit of a slump, only recording 9 points in 43 games. Gurianov went to Montreal in a trade prior to the deadline. After being traded to Montreal, he only recorded 8 points in 23 games but solidified his spot in Montreal fairly quickly.
What This Means
The Denis Gurianov contract makes sense for the present. Although Gurianov had a pretty bad year, only notching a combined 17 points through a combined 66 games, he can establish himself further as one of the top players, given a full healthy season on the top line.
With a new supporting cast of talent in Nashville, Gurianov will have the opportunity to soar. Barry Trotz has been a busy man this summer and has retooled the entire club. For a club that barely missed the playoffs, Trotz is hoping that the new look Predators can expand on their late season surge.
Gurianov has the potential and the contract is a low risk high reward potential contract. Joining a core group of Ryan O’Reilly, Filip Forsberg, Roman Josi, and Jusse Saros should make for a fun group to watch. Nashville may not be the best team, but they will be competitive in the Central Division.
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