The hockey world is pretty much at a stand still right now so I decided to take a page out of Eric Engels' book and pose 5 questions for the Preds this upcoming season, all of which you are more than welcome to answer.
1. Will the Predators add a top 6 forward between now and the 2010 trade deadline?
2. How long do either David Poile or Barry Trotz last, in months (from the start of the season)?
3. What will the shut-down line and shut-down defence pairing be?
4. Who will be the most missed player of the departed FA's from this past season?
5. How many Preds prospects will play their first NHL game this season?
1. No. They will try but I don't think Poile will find someone who he thinks is worth the money. He won't be making a significant trade because most of the players on the market have pretty sizeable contracts and cap hits.
2. Poile: 9 months, Trotz: 8 months
3. Ward-Smithson-Guite. You could probably exchange Guite with O'Reilly, Hornqvist (maybe not a good choice), Pihlstrom (if he's back) or Santorelli (if he cracks the roster).
Hamhuis-Klein. They won't break up Weber-Suter and who knows if they'll add a veteran d-man to the group.
4. Zanon. All those blocked shots and hits will be dearly missed.
5. 5 (My prediction: Wilson, Laakso, Franson, Dekanich and someone else)
The Preds have signed forward Ben Eaves to a 2-way contract. He probably will be in Milwaukee for most of the season but he could be a candidate to be this year's Joel Ward.
The Tennessean is reporting that W. Brett Wilson, one of the newest stakeholders in the Predators will be officially approved by the end of the summer. His share will be slightly less than 5%. He is one of the "Dragons" on the CBC show "Dragon's Den". He seems like a stand up guy who is very intelligent and has a good heart for philanthropy.
Here's a link to a clip of the show he is on: http://www.youtube.com/wa...&feature=related
Looking forward to your answers to the above questions!