Kariya wants to remain a Pred
Kariya can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 but said he would like to return to Nashville. "I’ve loved every minute I’ve had there. It’s a great city, a great place to live," said Kariya.
His situation is up in the air because the Predators were sold recently to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie.
"Hopefully, things will work out. But you never know with new ownership," said Kariya who noted that there is a "great team" in place there now.
Steve Kariya, 29, played with the Canucks briefly in the NHL, then bounced around the AHL for a few seasons before taking off for Finland and Sweden where he's done quite well. Martin Kariya, 25, meanwhile has signed with the St. Louis Blues after a monster season, leading the league in scoring in Finland (61 points in 51 games).
The younger Kariyas are a little bit smaller than their diminutive older brother, which may be one reason they've been held back, but Martin could potentially make an impact with the Blues. His first AHL season in Bridgeport wasn't a productive one, but he's had a few years of seasoning since then and St. Louis will once again have holes upfront. He's also apparently a favourite of Blues coach Andy Murray.
The brothers don't really get a lot of pub as one of hockey's royal families, but it's pretty impressive that all three have had such productive pro careers to this point. (Not to mention the fact their younger sister Noriko is a professional boxer.)