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Deadline dilemma: Poile thinks ‘status quo’ may be right path for Preds

Mar 26, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

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Like many of his counterparts around the NHL, Predators general manager David Poile isn’t sure if he should be selling or buying as next Wednesday’s trade deadline approaches.

For now then, he’s just going to do…nothing.

“We’re not in the playoffs right now,” Poile told The Tennessean. “Could we be in the next four games? Yes. But even if we’re not, I don’t think we’ll be very far out, maybe one or two points.

“The answer might be that status quo is a good position to be in.”

It would take a fair bit of wheeling and dealing to match the number of moves Poile made last year as he attempted to prove to pending free agents Ryan Suter and Shea Weber that the Predators were a team that was committed to winning.

Coming to Nashville via trade last year were defenseman Hal Gill and forwards Andrei Kostitsyn and Paul Gaustad.

And even if Poile wanted to be active this year, he’s not sure the market is right for deal-making.

“You just have to look at the standings and see how bunched together all the teams are,” he said.

Winners of three in a row (after four straight losses), the Preds have three games remaining before the deadline. They’re currently ninth in the Western Conference, tied in points with eighth-place San Jose; however, they’ve played two more games than the Sharks.

  1. canucks30 - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I’m sure Shea Weber loves Poile’s urgency to win at all costs.

    Then again, he’s got 110 Million reasons to be happy.

  2. broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    I thought Homer was an idiot for holding out on Schenn and Couts last year when Poile requested them as part of a trade for Weber.

  3. elrock7 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Preds, Jackets, Coyotes,and Panthers should all just fold their franchises. All are irrelevent, boring to watch and except for the preds cant even give tickets away.

    The NHL would be a better league without them!

    • windmiller4 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      And the nhl would have better fans without jackasses like you.

  4. prov1x - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    And the world would be a better place without your worthless commentary.

  5. natlbnkilr - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    elrock – you sir/ma’am/or other, are an idiot. Last time I checked, Preds have sold out their last 28 games. Like they always say…. You can’t fix stupid!

  6. profsudz - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    This is the guy that had the spaz-attack when Suter (and Weber, at least in attempt) decided to jump ship for a winning club? And he’s not sure?

    That’s a cute little program y’all got going down there in moonshine-ville USA

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