Thanks to our friends at The Fourth Period for this article on potential movement by the Nashville Predators around the NHL trade deadline.
It’s uncertain which direction the Predators will take at the trade deadline, but the Nashville Tennessean reports the team could be quite active.
According to the paper, the Predators have to decide whether they will add to their lineup for a playoff run, or trade away some of their potential unrestricted free agents like defenseman Dan Hamhuis and one of goalies Dan Ellis or Pekka Rinne.
The Tennessean suggests the Predators aren’t likely to acquire any big name players, but coach Barry Trotz sees the advantage of making a move.
“We could use a tweak or two,” Trotz told the paper. “We’re actually scoring more goals than people thought we’d score, but we’re giving up a little more than what we want … So maybe a veteran penalty-killer or a real good faceoff guy, or maybe a guy that’s produced a little bit more (offensively).”
The Predators could be interested in such players as Carolina’s Matt Cullen, Edmonton’s Fernando Pisani, Toronto’s Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Columbus’ Raffi Torres.