And last summer The Tennessean reported there was a provision in the new ownership’s purchase agreement prohibiting Leipold from having any conversations with Poile “regarding any future employment or offer, directly or indirectly, to Mr. Poile (regarding) any employment opportunity with another NHL franchise other than the Predators.’’
Plus I get the sense that Poile felt as betrayed as the rest of us by Liarpold. He was forced to gut the team that he had spent 6 years building. Add to that, he basically has no boss now with the current ownership group. I can't see him bailing... especially for Liarpold.
Dreger reported on TSN during the 2nd intermission of the Hawks-Flames game that TSN had spoken with Poile by phone and that Poile indicated that he is very flattered that he is being mentioned for the opening, however that he was very happy with his current position in Nashville.
BTW, great game in Chicago heading to OT. I highly suggest tuning in if you have access to a feed.
Predators general manager David Poile said Friday he’s agreed to a new one-year contract through June of 2010.
“I’ve been here since day one and to me, it’s a little unfinished business,’’ Poile said. “At different times I’ve felt we were really close, especially a couple years ago and then that went (downhill) with Craig selling the team.
“So the last two years under new ownership, we’ve made a commitment to sign some of our existing players and we’ve drafted real well. It’s my goal and hope that we’re not too far away from being a top team again — getting this thing right, making Nashville a hockey city and winning some playoff rounds, getting a Stanley Cup.’’
David Poile was on 104 around 3:30 this afternoon to announce the Colin Wilson signing and George Plaster asked him if there were any other contracts to announce, like maybe Poile signing his contract. Poile said no, he didn't think so, just like he had no idea what Plaster was talking about and no one said anything else about it.
I thought Belak was terrible. I'd rather point to free agent signings (Arnott, Dumont, Ward) and re-signings (the core of the team) to defend Poile than point to Belak. Even Bonk and DeVries before Belak...
Belak was a player acquired by trade and was a great acquisition for us this season.
I agree. Belak isn't a great hockey player, and the impact he made was subtle, but significant. I think he provided our skill guys with a more-than-adequate bodyguard and kept some of our guys from being run. He's one of the best enforcers in the league, and I'm glad we have him on our side. He certainly brings more than Tarnasky did. If it's possible to be of less value to a team than a guy like Smithson, that was it.
I disagree, however, with the notion that he's out there to "protect" Tootoo. Jordin can handle himself out there.
You cannot fairly evaluate a GM only on player trades. You have to include draft picks acquired via trade and which of those assets became team contributors. I am not saying DP is lights out a grand slam GM, but to discount the value of draft picks that become players is not a complete assessment.