Kevin Wilson, head of Player Relations for the Nashville Predators, reported on Twitter Friday several players will have different numbers for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
Taylor Beck, who formerly wore the number 56 on his jersey, will now don the number 41. With Martin Erat being no longer with the team, the number 10 became free for anyone who wanted it. Patrick Cehlin will take Erat's number this season, but has yet to appear in a game for the Predators. The 46 now becomes open as Kevin Henderson will wear Brandon Yip's former number, 18, this season.
Newcomers Matt Cullen, Matt Hendricks, Carter Hutton, Eric Nystrom and Viktor Stalberg confirmed their new numbers as well. Cullen will continue to wear the number 7; 26 will go to Matt Hendricks, the same digit he wore in Washington; Hutton will wear #30, Chris Mason's old number; Nystrom will take the place of former-Pred Matt Halischuk by wearing 24; and Stalberg will retain his jersey number (25) that he wore in Chicago.