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Paul Gaustad will probably test the free agent waters

Paul Gaustad, Kyle Chipchura

Paul Gaustad #28 of the Nashville Predators fights with Kyle Chipchura #24 of the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on May 2, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (May 3, 2012 - Source: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images North America)

The Nashville Predators were able to re-sign Hal Gill, but the Tennessean is reporting that they might not be so fortunate with Paul Gaustad.

Predators GM David Poile is still hoping to ink Gaustad before the free agent period starts on July 1, but that doesn’t seem likely.

“Paul intends to wait until July 1st to see what options are available, but he is definitely considering Nashville’s offer to re-sign,” Gaustad’s agent, Michael Gorman said.

Gaustad is coming off of a four-year, $9.2 million contract and is probably hoping for something with a similar annual salary.

He had 21 points and 76 penalty minutes in 80 games with Buffalo and Nashville last season. He’s faceoff specialist and responsible defensively. The Nashville Predators gave Buffalo a first-round pick in exchange for Gaustad and a fourth rounder back on Feb. 27.