As we near the halfway point in the season and the trade deadline on April 12, the Nashville Predators have some crucial questions hanging in the stratosphere. The answers to these questions are intertwined and will impact the rest of this season and beyond.
While the Predators are still clinging to the hope of getting into that coveted fourth playoff spot in the Central Division, the writing is on the wall. The organization is headed towards some sort of rebuild.
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Tough Road For The Nashville Predators
With a rash of injuries and several new faces from the taxi squad in the lineup, the Predators have a very tough road ahead even to climb to the fourth spot in the Central Division.
With each loss, it becomes apparent that this team is not bound for the playoffs. If this holds, it will be the first time since the 2013-14 season that they haven’t gotten a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup.
The April 12 trade deadline is fast approaching, but due to COVID-19 quarantine protocols, trades could happen much sooner. Player trades to a Canadian team from an American team or vice versa could face a 14-day quarantine.
This means that we could begin seeing some player movement very soon. Once the Predators return from their current road trip, I expect to start seeing some trade announcements.
There are some questions that the Predators organization must address if this team is to have success in the future. Here are some of the big ones.