The Nashville Predators have had one of the most interesting offseasons of any team this summer. By losing Ryan Suter, Alexander Radulov, Francis Bouillon, Jordin Tootoo, Anders Lindback, and Andrei Kostitsyn, many fans have been predicting that the Predators will fall very far from their fourth-seed second round performance in 2011-12.
However, this will not be the first time that the Preds will face this kind of adversity.
Nashville finished fourth in the conference in both 2006 and 2007, but in the summer of 2007, they lost Kimmo Timonen, Tomas Vokoun, Scott Hartnell, Peter Forsberg, and Paul Kariya.
Judging by players lost, the 2007 offseason seems to have been even more detrimental than this one, yet the Predators still managed to crack the playoffs in 2008 and gave the eventual Cup champion Detroit Red Wings a run for their money in the first round.
The Predators may be a few players short of the fantastic team that they were in 2011-12, but with Barry Trotz behind the bench and most of the core still intact, the fans should not worry as much as some have been doing lately.