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I have decided to get an early start on Trade Deadline Day (3 ET) to witness the insanity of the NHL as GM’s everywhere continuously check their cell phones to find out just how much they can improve the current or future roster of their respective teams. Nashville Predators GM David Poile is one of the few who will be walking that fine line of trying to do both.
A perfect example of this this would be the acquisition of C Mike Fisher before the deadline last year, who has paid off beyond expectations in his first full season in Nashville. The biggest name being discussed as part of a deal to the Preds is Rick Nash of The Columbus Blue Jackets. This is a deal that would bring in a Winger with size and scoring ability, but would cost too much due to the bidding war that is currently underway by several NHL teams. Of course a player the caliber of Nash would help any team, especially the Preds who have long sought a player with the skill set he brings, but is he the only one?
The name Dustin Brown began to circulate after the LA Kings (in Nashville tonight) made the deal for F Jeff Carter as the first big splash of Trade Deadline Week. Brown, the Kings 1st round pick (13th overall) in 2003 (also in Nashville) has 340 points (158G 182A) in 575 career games & is considered to be a physical leader on the ice who is not afraid to go into the tough areas. Sounds like the perfect type of player for Head Coach Barry Trotz, but does he fit into the designs of Poile? The answer is yes. Brown will make $3.5 Mil each year until he becomes an Unrestricted Free Agent in 2014. That brings an immediate improvement for a Stanly Cup Run this year & beyond. This is also the type of move that could push the Ryan Suter contract situation in favor of the Preds.
Nashville would have to give up less & would not be dealing within the division. I am sure David Poile will do something to improve the roster before the deadline (he has mentioned on several outlets that he is willing to part with 1st rd pick & prospects), but it is impossible to predict!
The bottom line:
-The Nashville Predators are 36-19-7 (79 Pts) and sit 3rd in The Central Division, 4 Pts behind St Louis & 6 Pts behind Detroit.
-In the Western Conference The Predators are in 5th, again 4 Pts behind St Louis with the chase pack falling back a little: 6 Chicago (73), 7 San Jose(71), 8 Dallas(70) & 9 LA/Col(68).
-Tonight will be only the 2nd meeting of 4 between The Preds & Kings with LA winning 4-3 on 11/8/11 with 3 meetings & six points on the line, this is a make or break series for the Kings playoff hopes/positioning.
-The Preds are 3-0-1 since acquiring D Hal Gill last week.
-The Preds have gained 5 of 6 possible points on the current home stand so far during one of the toughest stretches of the season.
-Brandon Yip has 2 Fighting Majors since joining the Preds matching his career high in a season.
-Martin Erat is on pace for a career year with 46 points, 11 shy of his back to back 57 pt seasons from 2006-08
-G Pekka Rinne leads the NHL in wins with 34
Leg-watch 500- David Legwand now has 485 points in his career (183G 302 A) & only has 416 PiM’s in 826 Games with the Nashville Predators.
Happy Trade Deadline Day everyone!