Grimaldi was awarded a one-year, $1 million contract with Nashville on Tuesday. Grimaldi earned a well-deserved salary increase, after he posted career highs in points (13), assists (8), goals (5) and games (53) last season. Even with his diminutive 5-foot-6 frame, the North Dakota product added a nice spark to the lineup during the playoff series against Dallas, where he scored three goals in five games. Expect the 26-year-old to spend most, if not all of his time with the big club during the 2019-20 season.
Grimaldi was qualified by Nashville on Tuesday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports. Preds GM David Poile has gone on record as saying he has every intention of re-signing Grimaldi after the winger collected 13 points in 53 games this past season. At this point, nothing suggests Grimaldi won't be a Predator in 2019-20.
Predators GM David Poile said he has every intention of re-signing Grimaldi before next season. Grimaldi had just 13 points in 53 games during the regular season, but led the team with three goals in five games during their first-round playoff loss to the Stars. The 26-year-old California native will become a restricted free agent July 1, but you should expect to see him back in a Preds uniform next season and return to his usual bottom-six role.
Grimaldi scored a goal in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Dallas in Game 5 of the Western Conference first round. Grimaldi has been great this series. This was his third goal of the postseason and it came on a pretty move that turned stud-rookie defender Miro Heiskanen inside-out. But for as good as Grimaldi has been, the rest of the Preds haven't. He leads Nashville in goals and sits second in team scoring with three points. No offense, but they just can't win with a fourth-liner as their best forward. However, Grimaldi's strong play has cemented his spot for 2019-20.
Grimaldi (undisclosed) is on the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Saturday's Game 5 against the Stars, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports. Grimaldi didn't practice Friday as a precaution, but he was never in real danger of missing Saturday's pivotal contest. The 26-year-old pivot will slot into a bottom-six role for Game 5, skating with Brian Boyle and Kyle Turris on the Predators' fourth line.
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