Nashville Predators Offseason: Quirky Thanksgiving Edition

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 4: Filip Forsberg #9 of the Nashville Predators celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on December 4, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 4: Filip Forsberg #9 of the Nashville Predators celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during an NHL game at Bridgestone Arena on December 4, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Matt Duchene
Matt Duchene #95 of the Nashville Predators (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /

A lot of hype

You wanna talk about hype? Cranberry sauce and/or relish it is. People talk it up, they have their own recipes on it, and they think it’s a game changer, but it’s just not. Could it make the meal better? Possibly. But let’s not get carried away as if cranberry sauce is going to make or break the feast. We’ve gotten it on the plate and yet it’s still not producing the way many claim it will or does.

Sadly, as of this writing, the Predators cranberry sauce/relish is Matt Duchene. He joined the team with so much hype – he was GM David Poile’s white whale of players to pursue, convinced he would be the piece that could bring the team to glory. So far, it hasn’t panned out quite yet. The jury is still out, but for all the hype and talk of the talent he possesses, we only saw glimmers of it in his game this past season. I want to believe in Duchene like I want to believe in the hype for cranberry sauce/relish, but I just don’t. At least not yet. Doesn’t mean I’m going to stop putting it on my plate and giving it a try.