Last night during the pre-game radio show, Willy Daunic opened the floor to discussion on the Bobby Ryan trade speculation which has gripped the hockey world over the last two days. While much of the focus has been on "what would you give up for such a player", the question I was interested in was whether the Nashville Predators should even pursue a star-quality forward in the first place.
Personally, given the model the team wants to build upon (two stud D and a franchise goalie), I see the more prudent path to success being the addition of greater depth among the forward ranks, not loading up the top end with more talent. Put simply, I'd rather see 3 lines featuring legitimate two-way players backed up by a checking/PK group (say, Spaling-Smithson-Tootoo/Halischuk) than acquiring a star forward, especially if such a trade cost one of the Nashville's current top wingers as part of the deal.
One could also make the argument (as Willy did) that the Predators need a solid 2nd-pair defenseman, as the current situation has Shea Weber & Ryan Suter putting up stellar results, while the rest of the group scrambles. I know it's premature, but I'll be very interested to see over the coming weeks if Roman Josi helps shore things up there.
Where do you think the most urgent need lies with the Nashville Predators this season? Sound off in the comments below after reading your morning hockey notes...
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