Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/21/12 at 10:50 AM ET
from Jerome Boettcher of the Nashville City Paper,
Status quo just won’t cut it for Tom Ciggaran anymore, particularly after a banner year.
As he addressed Nashville Predators fans at Bridgestone Arena on Monday night during the team’s annual Skate of the Union town hall meeting, the franchise’s chair revved up the crowd of 300 by rehashing the facts.
“By any measure last season was the best in the history of this franchise,” Ciggaran said. “We got to the second round of the playoffs for the second year in a row — the only team in the Western Conference to do so.”
But instead of building off the loud cheers and heavy applause, Ciggaran, in a soft tone, used this as a segway to expand on a well-known expectation within the Bridgestone Arena walls.
“The players and coaches and all of us expected more and were very unhappy with how the season ended,” Ciggaran said. “Their disappointment at only getting to the second round shows the kind of progress we are making on our hockey side. Our whole organization is not satisfied just with making the playoffs. We’re here to win the Cup.”
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