Nashville Predators Need To Pursue Trade For Top-Line Forward

By Jonathan Katje
Nick Spaling
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The Nashville Predators have one of the best goaltenders in the league in Pekka Rinne, yet find themselves third in the Central Division after dropping five of their last seven games (and barely winning the other two in overtime). A lack of scoring continues to hold the Predators back and they rank dead last in the NHL in goals per game (2.0). If Nashville hopes to reach the playoffs this season, it is time to start exploring some trade options that would bring the team a scoring threat or two.

Philadelphia Flyers’ winger Danny Briere’s name keeps coming up in trade rumors in multiple cities, why not Nashville? Briere could thrive with the Predators and would likely be the team’s leading scorer in a matter of weeks. The Predators have a lot of young talent in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals, and could dangle a prospect like Michael Latta, Juuso Puustinen or Chris Mueller as bait in hopes of landing a solid NHL forward, even if it ends up being a rental.

Colin Wilson is leading the Predators in every scoring category with five goals, 10 assists and 15 points. With 21 games already played, there’s no reason any potential contender should be led by someone who only has five goals. Nashville has relied on defensive scoring for too many years and the departure of Ryan Suter and the slow start of Shea Weber have made that an option that is no longer viable. It may hurt to give up a prized prospect or two, but if that’s the cost the Predators pay to make the playoffs for a fourth straight season it will be worth it.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL blogger for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.

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