Nystrom was released by the Blues on Monday.
Nystrom was likely just a filler as guys were away at the World Cup of Hockey and will be looking for a new home. Last season, the winger recorded seven goals, 20 PIM, and 92 hits with the Predators, but appeared in only 46 contests due to injury. If he does land a spot on an NHL roster, the 33-year-old is unlikely to secure anything more than a bottom-six role and will offer limited fantasy value.
Nystrom signed a professional tryout agreement (PTO) with St. Louis on Thursday, James Mirtle of TSN 1050 reports.
The left wingman was relatively unproductive with Nashville last season as he managed only seven goals and no assists in 46 games played. However, at 33 years old, he would bring hockey acumen and a good sense of the ice to any team he eventually joins. If the veteran ends up signing with the Blues, he would likely compete for a third-line role behind up-and-coming forwards Jaden Schwartz and Robby Fabbri.
Nystrom cleared buyout waivers Thursday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Nystrom had to be placed on unconditional waivers in order for the Predators to execute a contract buyout on the 33-year-old. General manager David Poile was unsuccessful in his attempt to trade the physical winger around the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, and with free agency looming, it makes sense for the big boss to simply cut his losses and move on. Buying out the 10-year veteran, who only produced seven points -- all goals -- last season saves Nashville $2 million in 2016-17.
Nystrom was placed on waivers Wednesday in order for Nashville to buy out the remainder of his contract, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.
Nystrom was the subject of trade speculation heading into the 2016 NHL Draft, but it appears that after general manager David Poile was unable to find a team willing to give something up for the 33-year-old, the Predators will buy out the remaining year of his contract. The move will provide Nashville with an extra $2 million in cap space for 2016-17. Nystrom's production has continued to drop off over the past few years and he has been replaced on the depth chart by fellow wingers Colton Sissons and Miikka Salomaki, whom are younger and cheaper.
The Predators are actively shopping Nystrom, who comes with a $2.5 million cap hit next season. "We're getting close to a deadline in that situation," general manager David Poile said. "A buyout is possible if I'm unable to make a trade, but we're going to do something in that area."
Nystrom inked a four-year, $10 million contract with the Preds in 2013, but significant injuries to his lower body and foot curtailed his production the last two seasons. The 33-year-old only played in 46 games in 2015-16, recording a minus-6 rating with seven goals counting as his only points. He might end up latching on with a club that needs a checking specialist -- Nystrom has collected more than 100 hits in six of the past eight seasons and easily would've hit that mark in the most recent campaign had he played more games.
Nystrom (foot) will rejoin the lineup Monday against the Kings, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.
Nystrom hasn't seen any action since Jan. 26 because of the broken foot, but that extended absence will finally come to close Monday. The 33-year-old winger doesn't produce much offensively (seven points in 40 games), so he still remains off the fantasy radar in nearly all leagues.
Nystrom (foot) was recalled Sunday from his conditioning assignment with AHL Milwaukee.
Nystrom scored a goal in Saturday's contest with the Admirals, his first game action since breaking his foot on Jan. 26 against the Canucks. It appears the Predators have deemed him healthy enough to rejoin the club, but with just seven points (all goals) through 40 contests this season, his return to the lineup shouldn't have much of a fantasy impact. Still, expect another update when that date finally surfaces.
Nystrom (foot) was sent to AHL Milwaukee on a conditioning assignment Wednesday, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.
Nystrom has been out since Jan. 26 missing a total of 21 contests. Prior to being hurt, the winger potted seven goals while averaging a mere 11:38 in ice time per game. The Admirals will play three games over the upcoming weekend, which should give Nystrom a good chance to prove his health.
Nystrom (foot) has been placed on injured reserve, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.
Nystrom had already been diagnosed with a broken foot, so it's not a huge surprise that he's been placed on IR given the timetable that comes with the issue. He'll be eligible to return after seven days on injured reserve retroactive to the last game he played in, but will likely require multiple weeks of rest and rehab before the discussion of a return to the lineup begins.
Nystrom suffered a broken foot in Tuesday's game, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.
It's not immediately clear how long Nystrom will be sidelined, but he is facing a multiple-week absence with his broken foot. His setback could open up more opportunities for Kevin Fiala, but the Predators' plans for the youngster are not certain.
Nystrom (undisclosed) is out Wednesday against the Flames.
There was no indication that Nystrom was in any danger of missing Wednesday's tilt until he was announced as a last-minute scratch just a few moments before puck drop. Nystrom reportedly sustained an injury when he was hit by a shot from teammate Shea Weber in Tuesday's matchup with Vancouver, although the exact nature of the ailment remains unclear. Expect an update on the 32-year-old winger's status ahead of the Preds' first contest following the upcoming All-Star break, which is scheduled for Feb. 2 against St. Louis.
Nystrom scored his seventh goal of the season in Saturday's 3-0 shutout win over the Wild.
Nystrom has always been more of a scorer than a playmaker throughout his career, which would probably explain why he has zero assists to accompany the seven goals he's managed so far this season. Either way, for a guy who's been seeing a steady diet of third-line minutes this year, he doesn't make for a particularly good fantasy play outside of very deep formats.
Nystrom is averaging just 11:36 in ice time per game this season, significantly less than the 13:12 and 14:52 he saw the previous two seasons.
With just five goals and zero assists in 26 games, it's not hard to see why Nystrom's role has been diminished this season. He continues to toil in relative obscurity in a bottom-six role for the Preds, making him a largely unreliable fantasy commodity in most formats. Go with a more viable alternative if you have one.
Nystrom was activated from the injured reserve Saturday.
He had missed eight games with an upper-body injury, and will Colton Sissons was reassigned to make room or Nystrom on the roster. Nystrom will supply the Predators with forward depth.
Nystrom (upper body) didn't take part in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he will not play Friday against Columbus, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.
Nystrom has been sidelined since Oct. 31 with an upper-body ailment, but returned to practice with the team Monday, indicating he is making progress in his rehabilitation. He's still on injured reserve for the time being, so the Predators should announce the 32-year-old's activation once he is fit to play.
Nystrom (upper body) did not participate in line rushes in Tuesday morning's practice, indicating he is likely to miss Tuesday evening's home tilt against the Ducks, Thomas Willis of the Predators' official site reports.
Miikka Salomaki will continue to draw into the lineup in Nystrom's absence. His next chance to return will be Friday evening at Columbus.
Nystrom (upper body) returned to practice with the team Monday, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.
Nystrom has been sidelined since Oct. 31 because of the issue, but his presence at practice Monday could indicate he's beginning to close in on a return to the lineup. Given his extended absence, he'll probably need to get in a few practices before he's in consideration for a return, but it seems as though it may not be too far off at this point.
Nystrom (upper body) was placed on injured reserve by the Predators on Monday.
Nystrom hasn't played since Oct. 31, making him eligible to rejoin the club as soon as he is healthy. However, the fact that he was placed on injured reserve Monday likely indicates he won't be ready for Tuesday's contest against the Senators. If that's indeed the case, his next chance to return will come Thursday against the Devils.
Nystrom (upper body) didn't suit up for Thursday's tilt against Minnesota.
Nystrom has now missed back-to-back games with an upper-body ailment he may have suffered in Saturday's matchup with the Kings. He will hope to return to action Sunday against St. Louis.
Nystrom (upper body) did not practice Monday, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.
Nystrom was a late scratch from Sunday's tilt against the Ducks with an upper-body injury, but the exact nature and extent of the injury is still unclear. He's currently day-to-day, but more could become available before Friday's contest against the Wild.
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