When the NHL Trade Deadline passed without a deal, many Nashville Predators fans were let down, due to hopes that perhaps David Poile might pull a rabbit out of his hat to compensate for the injuries which have depleted the forward ranks over the course of the season. Mike Fisher stands out as a quality pickup from two weeks ago, but as was stated by Poile himself, Fisher's no savior.
The company line we're hearing is that prices were simply too high for difference-making rental players, so the plan (as of now) is to thrust some kids into the limelight and hope for the best. It's certainly not what a general manager would prefer to do, but you also don't want to mortgage the future on a team which, let's face it, is going to have a tough fight just qualifying for the playoffs, let alone contending for the Stanley Cup. This is not 2007, and you can't fix every ill at the Trade Deadline (although would it have killed them to pick up a cheap sniper like Bergfors?).
With that in mind, I think we need to temper expectations somewhat. Relying on rookies like Jonathon Blum, Blake Geoffrion, and Matt Halischuk to make significant contributions at this point in the season seems unrealistic. Instead, when it comes to the kids we're looking at an audition for next season - how many of these guys will make the Opening Night roster in October?
No, the burden of responsibility needs to fall on the veterans - guys like Legwand, Erat, Weber, Suter and Rinne, and the emerging talents like Hornqvist, Wilson, and Franson.
While pondering that prospect, follow after the jump for your morning hockey news...
After the current road trip the Preds return home Thursday, March 10 vs. Minnesota, so take the OTF Discount and save money on Nashville Predators tickets for this, or any other home game!
While you're reading today's hockey news, listen in to David Poile's segment on 104.5's Sports Zone yesterday afternoon. In an additional interview this morning, Poile also shared that Steve Sullivan is likely done for the year due to the groin injury which forced him to IR.
Nashville Predators News
A special dedication for Jonathon Blum’s first goal - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond shares the tragic story of the twin sister who Blum lost 7 years ago. As a parent of boy-girl twins, I can't imagine how awful that would be for them.
Preds' Weber, Suter translate Olympic success into NHL glory - The Tennessean
A year ago at this time, the Predators' dynamic duo played critical roles in one of the biggest games in hockey history.
Hockey Night in Nashville: Preds Don't Budge at Trade Deadline; Rely on Youngsters
Robby emphasizes that the Preds can't expect the D to carry the scoring load.
Preds On The Glass: What Stanley Cup Champions Have Done at the Trade Deadline
Folks always flip back and forth between whether Cup contenders should load up or go with what they have, so Buddy shares recent history on that front.
Preds On The Glass: The Predators Hit the Road with the Players They Have and Tuesday Tidbits
Buddy sets up tonight's game and shares the video of Shea Weber's eventful moments at the end of Sunday's game.
Preview #64: Predators Begin Final Swing Through Western Canada - Predlines
Amanda points out that Barry Trotz passed another major milestone recently.
Preds Prospect Taylor Beck Named OHL Player Of The Week - NashvillePredators.com
The Preds 3rd-round pick from 2009 continues his strong junior season, and is now 6th in OHL scoring.
Beef-A-Roo | Admirals Roundtable
Don't blame me if you're hungry after looking at this one. OK, blame me all you want.
Around the NHL
Puck Daddy's 2011 NHL Trade Deadline Report Card - Puck Daddy
There are a gazillion trade deadline recap posts, this will serve your needs as well as any.
Fake News: The Highlight of Deadline Day So Far - Houses of the Hockey
While everyone waited for those blockbuster deals yesterday, some made up their own "news", and thanks to Twitter, it spread like wildfire.
Down Goes Brown: Winners and losers at the 2011 trade deadline
A rare Preds reference makes it into DGB's latest.
Panthers president Yormark sparks bizarre Twitter dispute against local beat writer - Litter Box Cats
Strange stuff out of Florida, where the Panthers' top exec gets into a petty, public spat with one of the few media members who covers his team.
The League of Extraordinary Statisticians: The Conferences - Behind The Net
A suggestion for this series: if a participant starts his answer with "I hate this question", eliminate him from the panel.
And lastly, thanks to the tip from Puck Daddy, let's take a look at how a trade call goes down at the NHL offices. I'm surprised that the Capitals were simply asked if this deal fits within the salary cap, rather than having it verified independently. Given how quickly things proceed from a call like this to players getting called and deals getting announced, you'd think they'd want to ensure that it works from the league's perspective: