The Nashville Predators effectively stood pat with their lineup last season – and ended up further from winning a title than they’d been in some time. In the wake of a first-round playoff loss to the Dallas Stars – the first time in four years Nashville failed to win a round – GM David Poile returned to what made his team a competitor in the first place. He made a deal.
Poile’s decision to trade P.K. Subban was different than other big moves in recent years because he did not get a proven player in return – not immediately, at least – such as when he shipped off Patric Hornqvist (James Neal), Shea Weber (Subban) and Seth Jones (Ryan Johansen). Sending Subban to New Jersey in exchange for two second-round draft picks and two defense prospects did, however, achieve its purpose: freeing up t...
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