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by Paul on 07/19/12 at 02:16 PM ET
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
David Poile will wear a stern and disappointed face into the boardroom of his bosses at Predators Holdings LLC, and then he will tell them what everyone already knows.
“Either we compete. Or we die.”
“We just lost Ryan Suter, and got nothing back for him,” he’ll remind his owners. “Now, we have a chance to lock up the best defenceman in the game of hockey for the rest of his career.
“We’ve told our fans we’re going to compete for a Stanley Cup. We told them our offer for Suter was competitive. We told them we’ll match any offer on Shea Weber. If we don’t match this offer sheet, our rink will be empty, our franchise irrelevant. Nobody in this town will believe anything we tell them, ever again.”
It is that critical a week in the history of the Nashville Predators. Either they compete or they roll over and become the Columbus Blue Jackets. Worse. The New York Islanders.
There isn’t any “in between room” in this decision for a franchise that has always punched above its weight. They’re either in contention, or they’re out. No middle ground.
added 1:40pm, from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The reality of being a small-market, small-revenue NHL franchise clubbed the Nashville Predators over the head in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
No matter how carefully you spend your money, how carefully and how smart you draft and develop players, build hope in your fan base for better days ahead, sooner or later one of the big boys is simply going to reach over and grab your lunch.
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