Predators hoping to trade veteran forward to avoid buyout.

Predators hoping to get a deal done.

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The Nashville Predators are contemplating a buyout, but according to areport from Adam Vingan in The Tennessean, the Predators are hopeful a trade could allow them to avoid that possibility.

Vigan spoke to David Pollie, and the Predators general manager confirmed that the possibility of trading forward Eric Nystrom is on the table.

"It has to happen pretty soon," Poile said. 

"The buyout period starts 48 hours after the Stanley Cup playoffs, and I want to be in position to know whether we can trade him or whether we'd keep him or whether we'd buy him out. We're about a week away from needing to make one of those three decisions."

Nystrom played in roughly half the Predators games this season, recording just 7 goals, and at 33 years old and with a $2.5 million dollar cap hi the Predators may need to sweeten the deal to make it worthwhile. If it's too difficult to find a suitor Pollie may simply bite the bullet and buyout Nystrom.