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Three Teams In on Mikael Granlund in NHL Free Agency

Three teams are apparently in the running to land UFA forward Mikael Granlund but one team seems to stand out as the favorite.

Mikael Granlund - NHL Rumors - Nashville Predators

Surprisingly, Mikael Granlund is still out there on the NHL free agent market and hasn’t landed a deal with an NHL franchise yet. That doesn’t mean teams aren’t interested. In fact, according to Andy Strickland of Fox Sports, three teams are — the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators have all expressed interest in the forward.

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What the offers look like is not clear but Strickland noted the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes are the early leaders, mainly because the Predators are still in on Mike Hoffman and have made Hoffman a priority over bringing back a former winger.

Blue Jackets Make the Most Sense

Columbus freed up a ton of cap space prior to the free agency period opening. Part of the reasoning behind doing so was to leave space to sign RFA Pierre-Luc Dubois, who many believe will eat up a considerable amount of that cap space. But, there was also a sense that the Blue Jackets wanted to add multiple game-changing forwards this off-season. They’ve yet to really do so.

Mikael Granlund

GM Jarmo Kekalainen acquired Max Domi when they sent Josh Anderson to the Montreal Canadiens and that sent a winger out. For the most part, that wasn’t so much an addition as it was changing the makeup of the roster. Some expect that Granlund could be the team’s second major addition up front, filling some of the void left by Anderson’s departure.

As for the Hurricanes, they don’t have nearly as much space to make a move and if the Predators are waiting to see what happens with Hoffman, it may only be a matter of time before Granlund and the Blue Jackets come to terms on something.

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