As the Nashville Predators continue to disappoint this season, one thing is being made very clear — they will not contend for a Stanley Cup with this group of players, coaches, and management. Reality has smacked them in the face on more than a few occasions this year, and we are well past the point of the team needing a drastic shakeup or few in order for their fortune to change.
Those who have been clamoring for the Predators to rebuild might get their wish, as with the way they are trending, they will have no choice but to be sellers at the deadline.
Now, it is not like the team will just trade everyone, as Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg are not going anywhere, and it would be tough to move guys like Matt Duchene, Ryan Johansen, Mattias Ekholm, and Ryan McDonagh. And even if there are significant changes made to the core of players, coaching and management are likely to still hold them back if nothing changes there.
But change has to start somewhere, and no matter what comes first, right now it looks like several players could be on the move.