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01-28-2013, 06:58 AM
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Things we've been told since day 1...

1. Poile will build through the draft. He will stockpile puck moving defensemen and eventually trade that depth to fill holes in other areas.

2. Barry Trotz is a great coach who is basically guaranteed to be better than any other coach that could be brought in to replace him. Players around the league respect Trotz so much that almost anyone would love the chance to play for him.

3. Nashville is a great market that players love to play in because there isn't a lot of pressure and they can be relatively anonymous away from the rink.

Yet when any sort of changes to the team or the staff are brought up, there is always some excuse for the Preds...

-It's soooo difficult to pull off trades in the NHL
-Nobody wants to trade for player type X
-Nobody wants to trade away player type Y
-It's moronic to get into the free agency game because you're guaranteed to grossly overpay.
-A lot of players don't want to sign in a market like Nashville
-We have a lot of PMD, but we'll need to hold on to them because there are holes coming up in the blueline in the next 4-5 years.


At some point, there has to stop being excuses and start being results. This team when they're focused and getting some bounces can be really good and go on long stretches where they are a top 5 team in the NHL, and if they get lucky to have a favorable matchup in the playoffs they can even advance. But there is never that feeling that the pieces are there to really be a serious contender to win a championship.

There has to be some sort of offensive firepower added to the roster, somehow, someway. The Preds need a real offensive center and a real goal scoring winger if they are ever going to be in that next tier of legit threats to win a Cup. It's not coming through Milwaukee, Watson is the best thing we've got coming up and he's probably going to be a nice player but a lot more of the same thing we've already got.

I'm not sure what David Poile's salary is, but I have a feeling that he makes an awful lot of money to be going on 15 years without supplying the roster with scoring forwards.

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