Standing four points out of the final playoff position, the Nashville Predators find themselves in an intriguing position as the NHL trade deadline nears.
On the one hand, the club has made up a decent amount of ground in the Western Conference standings over the past six weeks and now only stands a handful of points away from the coveted final Wild Card position.
But with the team’s spurts of losing and winning streaks all season long, there are also few people arguing the current makeup of the Predators is primed to win a playoff series.
Predators general manager David Poile told 1025 The Game earlier this evening he acknowledges his forward group needs some kind of re-working, but that he isn’t sure how many trading partners will even be available leading up to the impending deadline on March 5th.
“We’re feeling a little bit better about ourselves, but that doesn’t really make us a seller or a buyer,” Poile told 1025′s Sports Night. “The teams all around us probably aren’t trading partners. [...] Quickly you’re down to who has money and who can even make deal with you.”
Poile says his team’s play over the next three games preceding the deadline will impact what he and the organization decides to do moving forward.
The general manger has also said a few times it should not be overlooked who the Predators will likely be acquiring over the next few weeks.
“There’s no one who can make an acquisition as good as [goaltender] Pekka Rinne at the trading deadline.” said Poile. “For the first time we’re getting a little spark, some more hope and we may just surprise some people here down the stretch.”
The positives steps taken by Rinne over the past week and a half certainly point to the superstar being able to return from injury very soon.