Category Archives: Nashville Predators
The One Puck Short Podcast is jolted back in to life following a seismic week in the NHL during which P.K. Subban and Taylor Hall were traded while Steven Stamkos stayed in the sun.
We’re on the road again this week, which I’ll claim is a tribute to the Predators game seven road win in Anaheim…
The Conference quarter finals come up for discussion, as do the impending semifinals as the quest for the Cup continues, and there’s time for a quick ‘WTF’ regarding Jonathan Quick’s nomination for the Vezina trophy.
I also ponder whether Tampa Bay might consider moving Jonathan Drouin for Andrew Ladd and whether moving Matt Carle might be a factor in the Lightning’s decision.
TSN writer and The Hockey PDOcast co-host Travis Yost joins me on the latest One Puck Short Podcast to mull over the Ryan Johansen for Seth Jones trade and the work Blue Jackets’ General Manager Jarmo Kekäläinen has to do moving forward.
We also try to make sense of why Los Angeles would want to acquire Vincent Lecavalier and discuss the Florida Panthers season so far.
In moving Seth Jones to Columbus, the Nashville Predators acquired the number one centre they have longed for by adding Ryan Johansen to their line up.
But some felt General Manager Dave Poile had moved the wrong defenceman, with team Captain Shea Weber their preferred worm to dangle before clubs such as the Blue Jackets, Edmonton and anyone else looking for a top defenceman to add to their ranks.
I admit, I was among them. But diving in to the murky world of cap recapture penalties and Poile’s reasons for holding on to the 30-year old blue liner may make more sense.
Things we know:
- Travis Hamonic would like to leave New York for personal reasons, and his desired landing spot is somewhere in Western Canada – Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver – or perhaps Colorado or Minnesota at a push.
- Garth Snow wants a ‘like-for-like’ replacement who can play for the Islanders now. They have defensive prospects, they don’t want picks. Snow wants to ensure the Islanders remain a contender (even if it as a dark horse at this point).
It also seems apparent that a straight deal with one of those six teams is proving ‘difficult’.
The Islanders are in the unique position where they’re a seller dealing from a position of strength; but even then the idea Calgary would trade T.J. Brodie for Hamonic, which is rumoured to be what Snow asked for, is somewhat laughable.
And thus the conversation is increasingly turning to the idea that a third team might have to enter the ring to make a deal happen.
And with a plethora of defensive talent on their books, and a need for some offensive help, Nashville might be that team – especially as they have a young defenceman that could serve as a more than adequate replacement for Hamonic: 24-year old Ryan Ellis.