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Avoiding Nashville

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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Primis's avatar

I’ve said all along:  the contention that Weber wants to stay in Nashville is absurd.  If he really wanted to, he wouldn’t have signed an offer sheet from PHI and just blindly hoped NAS matched.

He kept quiet last year becaue HE HAD NO CHOICE.  As a consequence of NAS matching his offer sheet, he was slapped w/ a mandatory 1 yr NMC.  That expired July 1st.

You better freaking believe we won’t be long into the fall or winter (THIS fall or winter) before we start hearing about him wanting to be moved.  NAS has mishandled every single aspect with him.

Posted by Primis on 07/04/14 at 05:27 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

If he really wanted to, he wouldn’t have signed an offer sheet from PHI and just blindly hoped NAS matched.

I totally agree with this.  He not only can be traded, he has no movement protection at all.  For fourteen years!  He’s basically saying he’d rather be in the NHL’s expansion team in Timbuktu in 2020 if it gets him out of Nashville.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 07/04/14 at 09:53 PM ET

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I don’t know.  If you sign a deal and there is at least. 50% chance that Nashville is going to match it, which means that you could be in Nashville for 14 years, you can’t really hate Nashville too much, can you?

Posted by Garth on 07/04/14 at 10:22 PM ET

@TheJimP19's avatar

The fan base is very uneducated, in the sense that they don’t follow the rest of the league…  If Poile dealt Weber, the fanbase wouldnt see that he was getting quality pieces in return, they would see that the face was traded away..  Wonderful city, but the hockey team is a joke….  and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Posted by @TheJimP19 from transplanted in Nashville on 07/05/14 at 09:22 AM ET

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