Leafs get ready despite potential lockout

Blum is Nashville’s remaining unsigned restricted free agent from the summer, though he told The Nashville Tennessean he believes that status could change soon.

Blum, the Predators’ first-round pick in 2007, said Predators general manager David Poile told him “we should have something” by today or Thursday.

“It has been a long time,” Blum said. “I thought it would happen sooner, but it hasn’t.”

Blum started the 2011-12 season with the Predators but was sent to their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee midway through the year. With the Predators, he was minus-14 in 33 games.

Blum was originally called up in February of the 2010-11 season and notched eight points in 23 games. He also played in all 12 playoff games that season.