Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/14/07 at 01:39 PM ET
from The Bellowing Moose at NBC Sports,
Why the sudden boldness from Preds’ GM David Poile (once described by a colleague as “a sheep in sheep’s clothing”)? Because Nashville needs success-at the gate and on the ice-as soon as possible.
Despite contending for first place in the NHL’s overall standings, the Preds have been anything but a chart topper at home. Owner Craig Leipold has been looking for local ownership without success, and if his team doesn’t start selling some tickets, it may not qualify for his beloved revenue sharing money, believed to be more than $10 million last season.
So a gamble on Forsberg makes sense. The Predators can afford to give up some prospects (they have one of the deepest reserve lists in the league) and landing a player of Forsberg’s stature would make a splash, even in Nashville, where the players could wear full equipment into a restaurant and still not get noticed.
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