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10th in the West.

Is this what you expected? Better than you expected? or worse?

For me, its what I expected. This team has a solid first line, a strong 1st d-man pairing and good goalie, who will try to erase the Predator curse of goaltenders in their 1st season of full time duty acting as sitting ducks on ice. This team has depth on defense in terms of players who eventually will be solid d-men but not right now. What they lost on defense to Free Agency will be the difference between last year and this year. Its such a gaping hole and it seems that very few are seeing it. This is probably because of all the attention that most Pred fans direct theirs to, its obtaining a top 6 forward. Moreover, every game against divisional opponents will be just as hard to win this year than last year. I don't want to be the pessimist here but I think its safe to say that this will be a season full of challenges for the Nashville Predators.

Here is the reasoning that The Hockey News gave: "After four-straight post-season appearances from 2004 to 2008, the Preds are finding out that good coaching and a shoestring budget no longer cut it in the ultra-competitive West. Nashville has an all-star caliber goalie and a young, skilled, bruising D-corps. But with no scoring stars up front, the Preds are destined to fall short of the playoffs."
Source: http://www.thehockeynews....son-predictions-No-7.html


My last blog, which was written what seems like ages ago, featured me predicting that Trotz and Poile would be gone before the 2010/11 season began. While I do feel that both have done an impeccable job in getting this team to where we're at right now, for 2 full seasons now, I have felt that this team needs a tandem to take this team to the next level. A coach with legitimate and lengthy playoff experience. A GM who isn't afraid to make a deal when in a position of having depth. THN is right. The days of feasting on weak divisional opponents are over and the days of relying on coaching to win games (as opposed to the players on the ice giving a consistently strong effort every night) might as well be over too.

There's a saying that goes like this: "If you always do what you've always done. You'll always get what you've always gotten."

Filed Under:   Nashville   Predators   Trotz   Poile   THN  
August 15, 2009 10:36 AM ET | Delete
August 15, 2009 10:37 AM ET | Delete
test -what's the deal with MHB? Can't post?
August 15, 2009 10:39 AM ET | Delete
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August 15, 2009 10:41 AM ET | Delete
Message PostedStupid Hockey Buzz.
August 15, 2009 1:42 PM ET | Delete
August 15, 2009 1:43 PM ET | Delete
this site really is beginning to suck technologically speaking
August 15, 2009 3:19 PM ET | Delete
Wow, this is getting to be a huge problem.
August 15, 2009 3:39 PM ET | Delete
Question - Hasn't this team always come in at the bottom of EVERYONES ranking in the past? I don't have an idea of where the current team will rank but I don't think it will be at bottom. The team should have more continuity at the beginning of the season and the second line could finally find the right fit for them and the defense looks bright!
August 15, 2009 3:45 PM ET | Delete
ill do this in pieces to save retyping the whole thing.assuming no more deals at least til deadline if things go great, meaning some youth develops and injuries at a minimum 6th. if bad 10th or 11th.
August 15, 2009 3:47 PM ET | Delete
3 areas of concern. scoring of course. should be better w/ a full year of sully but still need more second line scoring and a better PP, but when hasnt that been true. if we get to the middle of the pack w/ current players that should help alot
August 15, 2009 3:49 PM ET | Delete
2nd- youth on D. 3 experienced, 1 second year dman and then all newbies. thats a potential problem. all are talented and hopefully improve as year goes forward, but thats alot of inexperience. this is the place i could see 1 last deal being done before camp. a vet for a 1 year deal might be wise
August 15, 2009 3:52 PM ET | Delete
3rd- and this isnt mentioned much. we lost alot of faceoff talent/experience. only smithers is what i would call a GOOD faceoff man. arnott and legggy are decent. alot of d-zone faceoffs lost w/ inexperienced dmen is not a good combo. lets hope rinne doesnt have a mason/ellis flashback of their accepting the #1 netminder
August 15, 2009 6:31 PM ET | Delete
I think 10th is a pretty fair spot. If things go the right way we should be more like 7th or 8th, if not, 10th is probably accurate.
August 16, 2009 10:32 AM ET | Delete
Agreed with gist of above comments. (Will try smaller posts on MHB. That seems to be OK)??
August 16, 2009 10:34 AM ET | Delete
Thoughts in reaction to predram's blog that wouldn't post yesterday: It pains somewhat, but barring a complete out performance from a host of unexpected sources and a lights out goaltending season, I have to concur.
August 16, 2009 10:40 AM ET | Delete
While optimism is great, the reality of our needs is greater, no doubt. However, maybe we prove the pundits and naysayers wrong.
August 16, 2009 10:42 AM ET | Delete
Regarding Poile and Trotz, the time for changes always comes eventually and, while some good will be realized, new faces are no guarantee of same. Also, the budget constraints here won't change in the near future and will affect anyone who steps in. As I see it, that tight player budget will also limit the available pool of those who might consider taking on the coaching or GM roles in Nashville.
August 17, 2009 9:42 AM ET | Delete
I don't have a problem with Poile. I do wish he'd make some other moves, but overall I think he's doing pretty well. Now Trotz....
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