Volchenkov unlikely to return to Nashville


Preds defenseman Cody Franson is already prepping for free agency and it appears Anton Volchenkov will be joining him.

Nashville GM David Poile told reporters on Saturday that “Our defense is coming back except Volchenkov. We may fill that in-house.”

Poile also touched on Franson:

The 2014-15 season was Volchenkov’s first in Nashville after four seasons in New Jersey. The 33-year-old had seven assists and a plus-4 rating in 46 regular season games with the Predators.

Earlier this week Volchenkov’s agent, Jay Grossman, told PHT that he’s had discussions with the Predators about re-signing the pending UFA for a second season.

Reached on Saturday for a follow up to Poile’s comments, Grossman said, “there is nothing really further to add”.

Volchenkov joined the Preds on a one-year, $1 million contract after being bought out by the Devils last summer.