By: Mike Rifkin
The Nashville Predators announced last week that General Manager David Poile will retire on June 30th. Poile is the only General Manager in Predators history and will be replaced by the first coach in team history, Barry Trotz. Poile said, “I am incredibly proud of everything the Predators organization has accomplished during my time—all the wins, our appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, and winning the Presidents’ Trophy. But I am most proud of helping and developing Smashville into one of the best markets in the NHL”.
Friday was the NHL trade deadline, and David Poile has set up Barry Trotz and the Predators with a pleasant future. The Predators added nine draft picks, three roster players, and four prospects at the deadline. The Predators traded away Tanner Jeannot, Mattias Ekholm, Nino Niederreiter, and Mikael Granlund. Now the Predators have five first-round picks, six second-round picks, five third-round picks, and six fourth-round picks over the next three seasons. Barry Trotz will have options based on what David Poile did at the trade deadline. Depending on how successful the Predators are with those picks or how they are used, David Poile has left his mark in Nashville.