The first Nashville Predator-related domino has fallen; Goc to Florida…

Goc vs Florida (Paul Nicholson)

One of the key unrestricted free agents of the Nashville Predators is now gone. Versatile winger Marcel Goc has signed a three year deal worth $5.19 million.

The Calw, Germany native will earn $1.73 million per year. And he’s worth every penny.

Goc spent a lot of last season on the shelf after a couple different shoulder injuries but he was well on his way to posting new career highs in just about every offensive category partly due to the Preds’ injury riddled center position. Goc ended up logging some top line minutes for a short period of time when Matthew Lombardi, David Legwand and Cal O’Reilly all went down with various injuries at different points of the season.

Speaking of O’Reilly, he’s one of the players embroiled in this Qualifying Offers fiasco. Letting Goc walk could come back to bite General Manager David Poile and the Predators if it’s ruled that O’Reilly (and Nick Spaling, Sergei Kostitsyn and Matt Halischuk) are unrestricted free agents and are free to sign wherever they want. If that happens, with Goc gone, that will leave just Legwand, Mike FisherJerred Smithson and an injured Lombardi down the middle.

While Goc will be missed regardless, if it’s found that O’Reilly was, in fact, extended a Qualifying Offer correctly than the blow will be softened a tad. If not, it’ll be intensified.

PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Nicholson // special to section303.com (used with permission)

3 Comments

  1. Pablo D

    July 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    NO!!!! I will have to retire my “GOCTHEFEVER” (autographed by Marcel) jersey. I loved him – a real unsung hero who added a lot to the team. Talk about a “Trotz player” – how could they let him walk for that contract? It’s not as if someone offered him Jayson Werth-like money where it made no sense to match it. $5.4M for 3 years would have kept him here?? What is Poile thinking?

  2. Deb

    July 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    now Ward is gone too… cleaning house are we?

  3. Capt4Chris

    July 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    No, this CANNOT happen!