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by Paul on 07/04/14 at 04:57 PM ET
from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
Why do players not want to come to Nashville? It’s a tough question to answer. This place has a lot of elements going for it. For one, this is a growing hockey market that plays to big crowds at Bridgestone Arena on most nights.
There’s no state income tax, it’s an inexpensive place to live in, the winter weather is mild (a big deal for Canadians), and the team has a few good players in defenseman Shea Weber, forward James Neal and goaltender Pekka Rinne, and younger talents in defensemen Seth Jones and Roman Josi.
Yet, Poile must grimmace when he hears this from players — since he has basically built this franchise from the ground up.
Three posible reasons why the Predators may be on players’ no-go lists.
1. FEEL OF AN EXPANSION TEAM
A former player joked with me on the phone during a recent interview “are the Predators still rebuilding?” It was said in jest, but players talk, and if that’s the vibe about here from other players, then that’s not good.
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