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An Open Letter to David Poile

Dear general manager David Poile,

We’ve been at this for a long time now, and I want to thank you. Thank you for putting together a franchise that inspired a city to dream of the Stanley Cup. Thank you for showing America that hockey in the South does work. Thank you for making Smashville something to believe in.

Thank you for building a team that could make the playoffs. Thank you for getting Nashville past the first round, twice. We now believe we can bring a Stanley Cup to Tennessee. The fan base wants that and we have you to thank.

I have to hand it to you. You’re getting a reputation for being really sneaky in trades. You have robbed GMs in broad daylight, and the media has noticed and given you props for it. Trade deadline is a holiday in Nashville, because we wonder what gifts you are going to give us.

But a few things have gotten pretty tiresome of late. After Nashville lost in the second round to Phoenix, we had hope for playoff success. Yeah, we lost Ryan Suter (and I don’t hold you responsible for that), but the depth Nashville had was still pretty impressive. Yeah, the lockout happened, and Nashville couldn’t deal with the shorter season, but we really thought we could pick ourselves back up and get to the playoffs this year. All we needed was that spark on offense, but instead you put together players that played with “grit.” Too bad grit doesn’t translate to goals.

Us Predator fans are feeling like bottom feeders. Again.

I’m not saying I hope you get canned. You have proven yourself to be one of the better general managers in the league. All I ask is that you change the philosophy of the team. You sold fans with the “Predator Way.” But is the Predator Way pushing back the Stanley Cup window to the future? I have been a fan since 2008, but each year I feel like we are two years away from hitting it big. However, we can’t pull the trigger on that run. When will that successful season finally come?

The Predator Way has to come to an end. No longer are we happy with just making the playoffs and no longer are we happy about just having a team to cheer for. We are ready for something more.


A Frustrated Fan

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