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The Nashville Predators Thinking Offense

from David Climer of The Tennessean,

With Peter Laviolette now in place as coach, the Preds have shifted gears. General manager David Poile dealt for skilled forward James Neal and has added veteran center Olli Jokinen in free agency. And Poile keeps hinting he’s not done.

It’s about time the Preds rolled the dice. Changing coaches and systems was a start. Acquiring players that don’t treat the goal like a no-fly zone is the next step.

Look, I have nothing but respect for the job Trotz did with the Preds. He consistently got more out of his team than the sum of its parts. The Preds’ failure to make the playoffs in the last two seasons was due to shortcomings on the roster and injuries, not Trotz’s strategy.

But things had grown stale. It was time for a fresh start and a new philosophy, one that doesn’t begin and end with strong defense and quality goaltending.

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Primis's avatar

So let me get this straight?

Trotz made this under-talented roster over-achieve with his conservative strategy, but it grew “stale” to over-achieve.  And the new coach is going to come and use this basically same under-talented roster to “open it up” more?

So what you’re saying is Nashville is all in on Connor McDavid?

Posted by Primis on 07/03/14 at 07:46 PM ET


Franzen for Ryan Ellis

Mule would be a perfect fit. He’s a big, fleet of foot physical winger who’s good for at least 30 goals per, is due to break out into a 40-goal scorer any time now and he loves mixing it up with physical play…is never afraid to mix it up once an official steps in.

Posted by godblender on 07/03/14 at 08:00 PM ET

@TheJimP19's avatar

They can think what they want, but they will struggle to make the 8 spot, if they can do that. Teams ahead of them in the West are too tough, and Nashville isn’t a place where top free agents go to play. For those who will say im just flaming, go ask Ryan Kesler and Jason Spezza why they both placed Nashville on their “no trade” list.  Nashville’s biggest problem lies within the GM, who has only been past the second round twice in his career as a GM (both with the Capitals)... he should have been canned years ago, and all this recent “aggression” is just a ploy to save his job more than anything.
Eventually Shea Weber is going to demand a trade so he has a chance to win before his career is over.  If they don’t make the playoffs again this season, I won’t be surprised if he’s moved….

Posted by @TheJimP19 from transplanted in Nashville on 07/04/14 at 10:42 AM ET

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