Who should be the Predators’ top target this offseason?

Apr 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 21: President of Hockey Operations and general manager David Poile of the Nashville Predators speaks after winning the NHL General Manager of the Year Award (Most Outstanding General Manager) during the 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 21: President of Hockey Operations and general manager David Poile of the Nashville Predators speaks after winning the NHL General Manager of the Year Award (Most Outstanding General Manager) during the 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Who is the best option?

With many available players in free agency and the trade market, the Nashville Predators have plenty of options this offseason. Replacing talent is always difficult, but it’s easier when you have players to choose from, money to spend, and an attractive franchise that is on the rise. Nashville and GM David Poile have all of those things. David Poile has proven time and again that he is a master of finding and signing talent, so Predator fans should have no worries this offseason. When the free agent market opens on Saturday July 1st, the NHL will go into a bit of a frenzy, but never fear, the Predators will be right there in the midst of the chaos.

Players such as Matt Duchene, Nick Bonino, Joe Thornton, and Sam Gagner all present solid cases for Poile. Duchene is a different situation because of he would require a trade. However, there have been reports that he has been in talks with Nashville since February. Bonino, Thornton, and Gagner bring various levels of experience, talent, and leadership to the table, as well as a price. With those in mind, Poile will have to decide who will be the best candidate to fill the holes in his Stanley Cup finalist lineup. It may be one of these four, it may be two, it may be someone I haven’t mentioned, or it could be no one. We will just have to kick back and relax, and let David Poile work his magic for the Nashville Predators once more.

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