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Nashville Plans To Keep Competing

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

Jeff Cogen wants to make one thing perfectly clear: The decision to match defenseman Shea Weber’s offer sheet from the Flyers was an effort throughout the Predators organization, and he was just one part of the “most important hockey transaction in franchise history.”

With dust from the July 24 announcement finally settling, however, the team’s chief executive officer last week talked about rallying the organization for some challenges.

The Predators have to pay Weber $27 million over the next calendar year — as part of a 14-year, $110 million contract — so there is more pressure on the small-market franchise to bring in more money.

“It’s not about me,” Cogen said. “We come to work every day and we want to enhance the fan experience. We want to monetize some of the on-ice successes and re-invest it back into the team. …

“We hope to compete and not just survive in the NHL. I would argue we are (competing).”

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Vladimir16's avatar

Nashville Plans To Keep Competing

Well isn’t that cute.

“I can’t tell you the phones lit up because we signed Shea,” Cogen said. “A different decision would have had a greater effect backwards than the decision we made.”

They are going to continue on the path they’ve been on for…. well, forever. Guys come up through their system, reach free agency and split. Weber is probably fine with the Preds matching Philly’s offer but me thinks he would have preferred to play for Philly. Next year they have 12 free agents. How many you think are going to hang around?

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 08/14/12 at 11:59 AM ET

Primis's avatar

For the record… next year Fisher, Yip, McGrattan, Klein, and Mason are among the UFA’s.  Hornqvist, Spaling, Smith, and Josi are among the RFA’s.

Posted by Primis on 08/14/12 at 01:14 PM ET

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Phew.  For a second there I thought the Predators were just going to dry up, blow away, and quit.

Still, Nashville is worse this year than they were last year and they’re going to spend around 55 mil on a 23 man roster (if they fill out the last two spots).

This is why the Suter and Weber situations were bungled terribly by Poile and the Preds.  They are now worse and cost just as much with a lower ceiling and no appreciably better future.  Has Poile done the intelligent thing and moved both Suter and Weber prior to a) losing Suter for nothing and b) throwing absurd amounts of money at Weber, he would have still been worse (possibly moreso), but for far less money and with a far brighter future.

And heck, had Poile asked for some guys back with just one or two years left on their current deals it’s pretty likely they’d be better this year than they are right now and STILL have a bunch of trade and cap flexibility moving forward.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 08/14/12 at 02:00 PM ET

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