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Predators extend GM Poile, assistant GM Fenton

Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:23 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 4:24 pm
PredatorsBy: Adam Gretz

When it comes to getting the most bang for the buck there are few front offices in the NHL better than the Nashville Predators, led by general manager David Poile and his assistant, Paul Fenton.

On Monday, the Predators announced that both men have had their contracts with the club extended, with Poile's deal running through the 2014-15 season.

“Today’s announcement is further recognition by the Predators’ ownership group of the outstanding job David has done as President of Hockey Operations since the franchise’s inception,” said Predators chairman Tom Cigarran in a statement releasead by the team. “The consistent success of the Predators on the ice is directly attributed to his ability to assemble and lead a team of management, coaches, scouts and administrators who continually identify, draft, develop and motive an exceptional group of experienced and young players. The ownership group believes that under his leadership, the Nashville Predators will soon achieve its goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”

Stability has been a pretty big thing in the Nashville organization as Poile is the only general manager the team has had since it entered the league back in 1998. Along with having only one head coach -- Barry Trotz -- there has been a lot of consistency in Nashville over the past decade-and-a-half.

Despite not having the financial resources of some other teams across the league, the Predators have been a playoff team in six of the past seven seasons, and are currently one of the top teams in the NHL this season with 74 points as of Monday, a total that is more than all but four teams.

The Predators have been built primarily through the draft and their lineup is loaded with home-grown players up and down the roster.

Poile might have one of the toughest jobs in the NHL over the next two years as he figures out how to handle his two best players, defensemen Ryan Suter and Shea Weber. Suter is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, while Weber will be eligible for that following next season.

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Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:46 pm

Predators extend GM Poile, assistant GM Fenton

It's a great move by Predators Ownership.  Poile and Trotz have done a phenomenal job with what they have had to work with in Nashville.  The Weber / Suter deals are going to come down to simple economics, but if we lose one or both of those guys, I want Poile in charge of finding their successors, and getting us back on track. The Guys in charge got us to where we are, and if we suffer the loss of our stars, they can get us back to our current competitive level.

When ex owner Leipold made Poile dump Hartnell, Timonen, Vokun, and our other core players a few years back, Poile and the coaching staff made sure this team barely missed a step, and got right back in the Playoffs.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:39 pm

Predators extend GM Poile, assistant GM Fenton

This extension is interesting, that's for sure.  If the Preds lose Weber and Suter everything changes....... 

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:23 pm

Predators extend GM Poile, assistant GM Fenton

Surprised they extended Poile without having the Weber and Suter situations resolved.

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