It is quite easy to name more than one general manager who is most quiet and prudent than Nashville Predators GM David Poile. The guy is known to be quite aggressive on the market - after all, he did pull one of the most major trades in National Hockey League history, when he shipped off his captain Shea Weber to the Montreal Canadiens for P.K. Subban. As sick as you might be with hearing about it, it remains quite the blockbuster now everyone expects Poile to achieve again.
In November, Poile was at the centre of it again, moving several pieces in a three-way trade with the Colorado Avalanche and the Ottawa Senators to see coveted forward Matt Duchene moved East and Kyle Turris land in Music City. And if you thought he was done, you were wrong. Poile shocked everyone a few weeks back, when he managed to convinced retired captain Mike Fisher to come back to the lineup in time for a playoff run loaded with additional offense and leadership.
So, it got experts thinking: what did Poile have up his sleeves ahead of the trade deadline? Some mentioned that they could be interested by Senators' Mike Hoffman, others by Canadiens' Max Pacioretty.
In his latest 31 Thoughts column on Sportsnet, NHL insider Elliotte Friedman reported that the Preds were "all-in" on New York Rangers veteran forward Rick Nash sweepstakes. Here is what he wrote:
"Nashville definitely is all in on Rick Nash. The question is if they can outbid a large field. They already dealt Sam Girard, Vladislav Kamenev and their second-round pick in the Kyle Turris deal, so how deep are they willing to go? A first-rounder that might be 27th or lower won’t do it. They’ve still got excellent prospects (Dante Fabbro and Eeli Tolvanen atop the list) and no doubt the Rangers will try to leverage from those."
But wait a minute.
According to Adam Vingan of The Tennessean, Poile does not agree with the recent rumors surrounding the Preds ahead the upcoming trade deadline and denied them in an interview with the local paper.
“I think we’re closer to doing nothing than to do something,” Poile said of the Feb. 26 deadline.
Poile added that they have good chemistry for the moment and that the worst thing they could do would be to trade for someone that doesn’t fit in.
The Preds GM also echoed Vingan's concerns on moving Fabbro and Tolvanen, as they should be a non-starter in discussions.
“You’ve got to get your arms around what you’re willing to pay,” Poile added. “You can’t say today you’ll never do this, and on Feb. 26, you do it.
“It’s not there yet. It’s not clear. Prices aren’t right.”
And Poile's players completely agree with his approach, seeing that successful ones have taken place and that the Preds should focus on that.
“Just look at the moves that have been made," said Predators forward Filip Forsberg, himself a deadline acquisition five seasons ago. "At the time, no one knew how they were going to play out. But they’ve all played out great for us. Every player that has come in has made a big contribution to our club.”
Do you agree with this new plan?