The Nashville Predators did take part in the Stanley Cup final last summer, but general manager David Poile knows that in the competitive division, nothing is set in stone for this postseason.
The Preds currently sit in second position of the Central division with 65 points, and while Poile feels good about the team, he is also known to make quite the major deals when he needs to.
“I feel good about our team,” Poile told NHL insider Pierre LeBrun in an interview with The Athetlic.
“But I look at our division and we’re one point out of first and eight points from being out of the playoffs. So it’s not like there’s a lot of breathing room. I think we’ve got a pretty good team, we’ve been pretty consistent all year long. Like everybody else, we’ve had some injuries. I’d like to see us get healthy. You look at last year, you certainly need depth and a little bit of luck on the injury side. We’ll just have to see. It’s not crystal clear here what needs to take place.”
Nashville is expected to be eyeing the market for a forward, and there has been trade chatter on the Predators trying to land Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty or Ottawa Senators' Mike Hoffman.
“Our goaltending is pretty good and we’re carrying eight defensemen. So logically that would be the area.”
However, the Predators will not be the only team seeking a boost up front ahead of the deadline, as LeBrun pointed out that the St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche and Winnipeg Jets could all be in the market for similar players.
“Well we might be looking to do the exact same thing,” Poile added. “So it depends how much you want to pay for something.”
Poile mentioned that the Preds have already made quite the blockbuster move back in November when they acquired Kyle Turris from the Senators in a three-way trade with the Colorado Avalanche. The Predators gave up their second-round pick this season in that trade and 2016 second-round pick Samuel Girard.
Could another blockbuster trade be in the cards?