General Manager David Poile
Finally, we get to the main culprit in this investigation. Poile is the main target drawing the ire of fans at the moment and could be riding off into the sunset once this season is over.
After the Stanley Cup final loss, Poile wanted to recapture that moment and keep the majority of the team together, and rightfully so. However, the question has to be asked if that 2017 team was actually that good or if they just got hot at the right time?
By keeping the core team together and making very few changes, Poile has created teams that have gotten worse since 2017. The offseason changes made before this season were the most the Predators had seen in quite a while.
The Predators are now burdened with a couple of heavy contracts that will be hard to move. They will also be losing a few good players who have value. The players that will be staying will be facing the consequences of what a rebuild will mean to their careers.
It has become apparent that Poile’s time in the front office should to come to an end. He should be allowed to retire at the end of this season and not be fired, regardless of how the Predators perform the rest of this season.
Everyone should have an appreciation for everything that Poile has accomplished. This team may not even still be in Nashville if it were not for Poile. Let’s give him the sendoff that he deserves and usher in a new era for the Nashville Predators.