Nashville Predators general manager David Poile appears to be ready for Monday's trade deadline, but he has set some specific boundaries, that are not to be messed with.
On Thursday, the Preds GM reiterated that he's leaning more toward doing nothing than something based on the asking prices set by his colleagues, according to Thomas Willis from the Predators' website.
"Every team we talk to asks for Eeli Tolvanen, and he's not available," Poile made sure to say once again. Tolvanen was selected 30th overall in last summer's draft, and he recently recorded three goals and six assists in five games at the Olympics. He's expected the join the Preds for the playoff run.
So, that is a no-go, so rival teams should stop asking about him. However, Poile, is open to dealing the team's 2018 first-round pick, which is still an important piece in any major trade happening before Monday.
The Preds recently enter the Erik Karlsson sweepstakes in Ottawa as NHL insider Pierre LeBrun reported in this week's The Athletic that Poile could make a move for the star defenseman:
"The Senators spoke to several teams about Erik Karlsson this week, and who knows if he’s traded or not before Monday’s deadline, but I love the fact one of those teams I’m told chatted with them was Nashville. Yes, the Predators. The team with the best top four in the NHL. I can’t see how the Preds could ever swing it so I’d call it a longshot at best, but it just goes to show you that veteran GM David Poile leaves no stone unturned. He probably just wanted to see what’s what. One thing we know about him, he’s not scared to ask, or act."
The Preds are already scary entering the playoffs as one of the favoured clubs to win it all, with one blockbuster trade taking place at the start of the season, when they landed Ottawa's Kyle Turris - and it has already paid off. Then, former captain Mike Fisher will be back in time for the postseason, and the Preds are said to be huge players ahead of Monday's trade deadline.
The Predators were previously rumoured to be looking to add another offensive boost, as they were reportedly looking at Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty, Rick Nash in New York and even Mike Hoffman, once again in Ottawa. If they are also looking elsewhere, besides at Karlsson, to bolster their blue line, a first round pick could also help them land Rangers' Ryan McDonagh, who is too on the block.
Rumors linking McDonagh to the Toronto Maple Leafs indicated that the Rangers were seeking Leafs sophomore William Nylander. However, since New York is focused on the future, the Preds' first round pick could have them start off negotiations ahead of Monday.
Poile made sure to make public is willingness to move his first rounder this summer - a great strategy from teams looking to sell big and focus on young picks and prospects. But yeah, not Tolvanen, of course.