Preds’ Poile shows his trade tal­ents

24 Hours Vancouver - - SPORTS - MICHAEL TRAIKOS

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. mtraikos@post­media.com

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