Predators' Poile up for GM award for fourth time

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Andrej Sekera will need 6-9 months to recover from surgery to fix a torn ACL.

That timeline has Sekera returning in mid-November at the earliest, and he could be out until mid-February. There's a slim chance they lose Griffin Reinhart, who played Game 6 against Anaheim, in the expansion draft. He'll have surgery later this week.

From there, said Chiarelli, Larsson formed a promising pair with second-year rearguard Darnell Nurse while 22-year-old Matt Benning partnered with veteran Kris Russell. We had young D who had terrific experiences in these playoffs. I'm not sure yet.

Peter Chiarelli of the Edmonton Oilers and Pierre Dorion of the Ottawa Senators are among the three finalists for the 2016-17 General Manager of the Year award. There's room for growth. We have to allow space for that. "I'd like to let it evolve a bit".

"I want to have Kris back", said the GM. Russell made $3.1 million this past season on a one-year deal.

"I think he's only scratched the surface", said Chiarelli of Larsson, the fourth overall pick from 2011, said at the time. I do see probably two of the best D corps in our conference playing now [in the West final] in Anaheim and Nashville.

"I had us in and around the playoffs", said Chiarelli of his pre-season expectations. The way he approaches the game, the way he battles, his poise, the skating. Eric Gryba is also an unrestricted free agent, and Mark Fayne seems buried in the organization after spending the year in Bakersfield with another year left on his contract.

Sekera was injured in Game 5 against the Ducks after a hard hit into the boards by Ryan Getzlaf.