In a Wednesday blog, and later reiterated on RDS’ broadcast of the Montreal Canadiens preseason game against the Ottawa Senators, Gagnon said that the Predators, Penguins, and Sharks are the NHL teams who have shown interest in Theodore “in recent weeks.”
From Gagnon’s blog (via Google Translate):
In addition to the Penguins, Predators and Sharks have indicated their interest in Theodore clan in recent weeks. CEOs David Poile, Nashville, and Doug Wilson, San Jose, benefit from training camp to assess young guardians of their organization before determining whether they entrust them with the assistant roles Pekka Rinne and Antti Niemi.
A Montreal source confirmed that Gagnon's written and broadcast reports were spoken as fact and not speculation.
In addition to the NHL teams, Gagnon reports that Theodore’s agent Don Meehan has had discussions with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.
Prior to the start of training camp, Predators head coach Barry Trotz told nhl.com’s Mike Morreale that Carter Hutton would be the one who backed up starter Pekka Rinne this season.
Hutton went the distance in Wednesday night’s preseason game loss against the Washington Capitals, allowing four goals on 30 shots against. It should be noted that the Predators did not dress Shea Weber and Roman Josi against the Capitals.
Signed on July 5th’s opening of free agency, Hutton was signed to a one-year, two-way contract. Entering this season, Hutton has just one game of NHL experience under his belt.
With Rinne coming off of offseason hip surgery, a capable backup is something the Predators need, especially with their desire to lessen the load that has been placed on the shoulders of the big Finn since his ascension to the team’s top netminding spot.
Despite the report, it is unlikely that anyone but Hutton will be the backup when the regular season starts next week.
It should be noted that this is not the first time that reports out of La Belle Province have said the Predators have had interest in Theodore. Back in the summer of 2010, La Presse said that Nashville had been in discussions with Theodore, a report that general manager David Poile quickly refuted.
Update: Via Twitter, a Predators spokesman said that Gagnon's reports of Nashville's interest in Theodore are "in no way accurate."