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David Poile Says Nashville Predators Open For Business

Are the Nashville Predators about to become sellers at this year’s NHL trade deadline? GM David Poile comments.

While the Nashville Predators may not officially be sellers yet, general manager David Poile says the team is open for business and willing to listen to offers.

According to Yahoo! Sports Thomas Williams, after speaking with Poile about where the Predators are at this season, the GM of the often-competitive Preds said that he’s facing an unfamiliar situation this season and that if the teams doesn’t become contenders in the next couple of weeks, they’ll be selling. In preparation for that possibility, Poile is already having conversations with other GM’s and expecting things will pick up soon in the NHL trade mill.

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Poile’s Predators have not been their regular selves. As such, speculation that head coach Peter Laviolette might be in jeopardy of losing his job is out there. Poile said he’s not thinking about firing Laviolette but he is planning for what happens if his team doesn’t start moving themselves up the NHL standings. He said:

“I guess the point I’m saying today is, sitting here outside of the playoffs, we have for the last several years been buyers at the trading deadline. If we don’t improve here shortly, we might be a seller for the first time in a number of years.

What a Different NHL It Is

When was the last time anyone heard of the Nashville Predators being sellers? That’s the NHL these days where parity rules the league and teams like Nashville, Tampa Bay, and San Jose are struggling.

Should the Predators officially become sellers, the names most likely on the move (or at least available in trade) would be Craig Smith, Dan Hamhuis, Mikael Granlund and Kyle Turris, who the Predators have been trying to move for some time.

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