After adding Matt Duchene in free agency this summer, the Predators were expected to once again be one of the top teams in the Central Division. However, that hasn’t come to fruition as Nashville is tied for last in the division (though they’ve played the fewest games in the conference). Speaking with 104.5 The Zone (audio link), GM David Poile indicated that he’s “open for business” when it comes to the trade market and acknowledged that if things don’t turn around quickly, they could be sellers for the first time in quite a while. When asked about the possibility of making a coaching change, Poile stated that replacing Peter Laviolette is “not in my game plan right now”. Laviolette is in his sixth season with the team and they have made the playoffs in each year that he has been there.
More from the West:
- Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson has resumed skating in a non-contact jersey, notes Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic. He has been out since suffering a broken fibula in their fourth game of the season. GM John Chayka mentioned that there’s still no set timeline for his return but that he’s now more day-to-day than week-to-week. Meanwhile, goaltender Darcy Kuemper has resumed skating on his own but it’s still uncertain if he’ll be cleared to play by the All-Star break.
- While there isn’t an imminent trade on the horizon, Flames GM Brad Treliving told reporters, including Sportsnet’s Eric Francis, that he fully intends to use the cap room freed up by the Michael Frolik trade and went as far as to call that the return in the trade and not the fourth-round pick they received. Calgary didn’t retain any of his $4.3MM cap hit in the move which puts them with nearly $5MM in total cap room to work with between now and the deadline.