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It Could Be An Exciting Year For The Nashville Predators

from John Manasso at NHL.com,

For the first time in the Predators' 16-year history, they have a new coach, and to an extent a new philosophy. It's not as simple as plugging in what could be six new forwards and then going about predicting how the Predators will perform.

Out as coach is Barry Trotz and in is Peter Laviolette. The only holdover on the coaching staff is assistant coach Phil Housley. The goaltending and defense, with the exception of the addition of Anton Volchenkov and subtraction of Michael Del Zotto, remain the same.

The major difference, along with the new faces up front, will be the philosophy, which will focus on generating more offense. Last season the Predators had four 20-goal scorers for only the second time since 2007-08 but finished tied for 18th in the NHL in goals per game (2.61). Nashville has had four players reach the 30-goal mark in its history and the franchise's single-season record for goals is Jason Arnott's 33 in 2008-09.

"I think it's going to be exciting, it's going to be interesting," general manager David Poile said. "What we know for sure it's not going to be the same and that's because of the number of changes, especially at forward; the coaching staff with a little bit different philosophy in how we're going to play. Pekka coming back is another situation that should be positive. I'm excited about the possibilities."

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@TheJimP19's avatar

This is the same battle cry each season for this team, especially when they are trying to get people to renew their season tickets…  problem is that most of the locals know this. 

This wide open offense they are promising will take away from their old battle plan… drop everyone in front of Pekka Rinne and block tons of shots.  Pekka is also returning from 2 hip surgeries and who knows if he will be back to his high level of play.  Wide open offense can also lead to him being hung out to dry , so their “recipe of new success” may turn out to be the “road to disaster”.  Wait and see.

Posted by @TheJimP19 from transplanted in Nashville on 08/10/14 at 04:35 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Yeah I expect an awful season from Rinne.  NAS’s system always makes their goalies look better than they are.  “Opening it up” means he’ll get shelled night , night out.

Posted by Primis on 08/11/14 at 10:34 AM ET


So, the assumption here is that “opening up” the offense by adding some offense-minded players means that they’re not still going to have Shea Weber, Roman Josi, Seth Jones, Mattias Ekholm, Anton Volchenkov and Ryan Ellis on the back end?  Are those guys just going to be abandoning Nashville’s defensive play?  Are they no longer going to be allowed to play their positions?

Posted by Garth on 08/11/14 at 11:11 AM ET


I like the moves Nashville made in the offseason and think they will be a better team for it. They could easily open things up some more and still have a very good defense.

Rinne’s health is a big question mark but I think he is much better than average regardless of the philosophy in front of him.

The biggest challenge is trying to get into the playoffs in the brutal Western Conference. Nashville has their work cut out for them.

Posted by evileye on 08/11/14 at 01:10 PM ET

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