Preds’ Poile shows his trade talents
If you’re looking for a winner in the blockbuster trade involving Matt Duchene, Kyle Turris and so many prospects and draft picks, don’t look at the Ottawa Senators or the Colorado Avalanche. While both those teams definitely made the most out of ugly situations, it was the Nashville Predators that came out of nowhere and actually made themselves significantly better.
Yes, David Poile won another one. It wasn’t even close this time.
By now, it’s starting to sound like a broken record for the Predators GM who has made a reputation out of fleecing teams of their best players. In the past four years, Poile has acquired Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen, P.K. Subban and now Turris in stop-what-you’re-doing type deals. That’s a topline winger, a No. 1 centre, a Norris Trophy-winning defenceman and a No. 2 centre.
And they say you can’t make trades in today’s NHL.
Poile not only makes them. He makes them in November, often with players carrying complicated cap hits.
Take note, Toronto and Edmonton: This is how you go from playoff contender to challenging for a
Stanley Cup. You don’t sit on depth. You use it to fill voids in another area.
Had Poile been running the Maple Leafs — a position he was once offered before starting with the expansion Predators — he likely would have used the plethora of forwards at the team’s disposal to acquire a top-four defenceman. Had he been the GM of the Oilers, he would have swapped prospects or draft picks for someone who could play with Connor McDavid by now. firstname.lastname@example.org