Nashville Predators preview

Overview: Just follow the logic of the following few paragraphs, and you’ll see what type of trouble the Nashville Predators are in for this season.

No player last season had more than 51 points. So they traded away one of their best forwards (Jason Arnott) and expect newcomers such as Sergei Kostitsyn to pick up the slack.

The goalies didn’t look great last year, so the team traded away one of their best defensive defencemen in Dan Haimus because they weren’t able to sign him.

They have $10 million in cap space, but never made a significant signing or trade in the summer.

Yup, it’s going to be a long season for Nashville fans.

Best offseason move: Signing Matthew Lombardi. If healthy, Lombardi is a lock for 40 points, that much is guaranteed. But the Predators need him to do more than that. They need scoring help, and they’re hoping Lombardi can chip in with 20 goals and 55 points or so. Asking anymore is too much. But for what they’re paying (a cap hit of $3.5 million a year) is perfect for they can get. Anything else is a bonus.

Worst offseason move: Not winning a single trade. In essence, they traded Jason Arnott, Dan Hamhuis (who was becoming a free agent), Dustin Boyd, Dan Ellis and a seventh rounder for Matt Halischuk, Ryan Parent, Sergei Kostitsyn and a second rounder. The only place they improved was in the draft. Every place else, they’re worse off.

Dark horse trophy candidate: JP Dumont for the Lady Byng

Pool pick: JP Dumont. Last year, he had only 45 points, which was his lowest total in four seasons. In the three years previous to last season, he had 66, 72 and 65 points. Look for him to come close to those totals again. Who to stay away from: Martin Erat. He peaked a few years ago at 57 points. Look him to finish with about 45 this season.

Sporcle quiz: Can you name the Nashville Predators leaders in these different categories?

Best hall of fame choice: Barry Trotz. The guy has coached his entire 11-season career with the Predators, and has a plus .500 record, which is pretty amazing considering he’s been there since they were an expansion team. The team routinely wins at least 40 games a season, which means if he continues coaching for a few more years, he should be able to get within 700 wins. Another decade of coaching could get him close to 1,000 games. (It also speaks a lot to this roster when the best chance for a hall of famer is a coach).

Blog to follow: Predlines

My Prediction: Fifth in the Central, 14th in the West

Famous celebrity from that city: Reese Witherspoon

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4 responses to “Nashville Predators preview

  1. Tom from Nashville

    Awful awful awful. I tried to find the logic you spoke of but never came across it. Let’s breakdown your thoughts, shall we?

    – “No player last season had more than 51 points.” This is true. However, we had 6 over 40 and 10 over 30. To leave this out means you are either lazy or a hack.

    – “So they traded away one of their best forwards (Jason Arnott) and expect newcomers such as Sergei Kostitsyn to pick up the slack.” No, we expect our younger players to improve (as they tend to do), and Matthew Lombardi to pick up the slack. Also, who says Arnott was one of our best forwards? He has had a half dozen concussions and disappeared for long stretches of time on the ice. At this point, I am thinking you have had a half dozen concussions.

    – “The goalies didn’t look great last year, so the team traded away one of their best defensive defencemen in Dan Haimus because they weren’t able to sign him.” First, who says are goalies didn’t look great last year? We were in the playoffs and played Chicago tougher than anyone, so I’m guessing they weren’t that big a liability. And when did Dan Hamhuis become one of our best defensemen? You know we have Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, right? And like 13 young d-men waiting in the wings? No one shed a tear in Nashville when Dan Hamhuis left.

    – “Worst offseason move: Not winning a single trade. In essence, they traded Jason Arnott, Dan Hamhuis (who was becoming a free agent), Dustin Boyd, Dan Ellis and a seventh rounder for Matt Halischuk, Ryan Parent, Sergei Kostitsyn and a second rounder. The only place they improved was in the draft. Every place else, they’re worse off.” OK, this is just insane. First, let’s correct what you said. “They traded Jason Arnott (who’s cap hit far out-stripped his talent), Dan Hamhuis (who was becoming a free agent), Dustin Boyd (also a free agent), Dan Ellis (ditto), and a 7th rounder (whose value is undefinable but not great)” So what you should have said is: “The Predators traded something for nothing in three cases, got rid of a contract for a player not worth his contract, and got a better draft pick. Way to go, Predators!” What makes it worse is that you acknowledge that Hamhuis was going to be a free agent but not the other two. Again, you are lazy or a hack.

    – “The team routinely wins at least 40 games a season” Dude. Dude. You said it yourself. We routinely win 40 games a year. 5th best winning percentage since the lock-out. And now you have us at 14th in the conference for no discernible reason. You are not very good at this.

    In summation, this post is terrible. Really, really bad. In the future, you probably want to do a little research before you type such god awful nonsense. Nice picture of Reese, though.

  2. Smashvillain

    Alert:
    Tom Collins is a troll who doesn’t know much about hockey or numbers. I wouldn’t be surprised if he predicts all 30 teams finish in the bottom 10.

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