Today in an announcement by Nashville Predators‘ Chairman Tom Cigarran General Manager (the one and only GM in Preds’ history) David Poile and Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton have had contract extensions until the end of the 2014-2015 season:
“The consistent success of the Predators on the ice is directly attributed to his ability to assemble and lead a team of management, coaches, scouts and administrators who continually identify, draft, develop and motive an exceptional group of experienced and young players. The ownership group believes that under his leadership, the Nashville Predators will soon achieve its goal of winning the Stanley Cup.” — Chairman Tom Cigarran
In his time as GM, Poile as managed to take the expansion team from a blip on the map to some what of a Stanley Cup contender last year, making it to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs after a beautiful win over the Anaheim Ducks. With the recently acquired Hal Gill, he and Fenton are making a clear statement that they want to advance past that point this coming spring. In addition to signing to win, Poile has mastered the art of developing players with Milwaukee Admirals. Currently with the team there are 15 player from that program, 4 acquired through trades, 3 from free agency, and 2 from waivers.
The Predators seem to be doing everything they can to prove to players that they are getting serious about winning. This summer, more than a few critical contracts ending this July and the team should be doing everything they can to maintain that core group of players to keep momentum going. It would be hard to imagine the Predators being successful next season if that core fell apart.
With only 7 days until the Trade Deadline ends, it will be interesting to see if the “4 acquired through trades” changes to a larger number.
Don’t forget, the puck drops tomorrow night at 7pm against the Vancouver Canucks!
Let’s Go Predators