Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/18/14 at 01:37 PM ET
from John Manasso of FoxSports Tennessee,
When Predators general manager David Poile traded the organization's longest-tenured player -- and leading scorer among its forwards -- at the NHL trade deadline a few weeks ago, he said he wanted the team's forward corps going forward to have a different look.
What did he mean by that?
"The quick translation is we have to score more goals," said Poile, whose team ranks 24th in the NHL in goals per game at 2.40 but who has one of the higher-scoring defense corps. "It's just been frustrating. The year is probably going to be remembered that (goalie) Pekka Rinne missed three-quarters of season (with a hip infection). If we would have had him, where would we have been? Where would we be in the standings? Where would our goals be?
"There's no question we need to score more goals. I like a lot of our forwards. I like a lot of what they do but right now the finish isn't there. That's something that can we change with this present group or do we need to change at least some of the group? Again, as I said at the Legwand trade -- Legwand was our leading scorer -- I'm not putting it on David Legwand, but it's not working. We have to have some changes."
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