Nashville Predators: Why Not Making a Move at Deadline Was the Right Move

Mike MacDonaldCorrespondent IMarch 1, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 01:  Matt Halischuk #24 of the Nashville Predators carries the puck past Tom Kostopoulos #18 of the Calgary Flames on February 1, 2011 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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While others are determining who are the winners and losers of the annual NHL trade deadline, I can't help but image that the results of that won't likely be fully discovered until sometime in the future, maybe even as early June approaches...

I guess that is me.

I will say that a few teams did add some depth, like the Washington Capitals and Vancouver Canucks. You could say that the Los Angeles Kings added a big component and that teams like Ottawa and Florida continued on their path to rebuild their clubs.

For the Nashville Predators, they made a major move earlier in the month when they obtained the services of center Mike Fisher from the Ottawa Senators.

While not really considered a deadline deal, it has already proved to be what the Predators needed. They were in the market for another defenseman and possibly another forward.

By making the move when they did, the Predators were able to fill a void that had plagued their team since the second game of the season. 

Newly signed free-agent center Matthew Lombardi was lost to a concussion versus the Chicago Blackhawks. This same concussion has kept Lombardi out of action ever since.

Others have stepped up to help fill that role. Cal O'Reilly was developing into that role nicely when he broke his ankle. Marcel Goc was another player who stepping up to take O'Reilly's spot when he became injured and is lost for the season.

There were rumors. Ales Hemsky from Edmonton, maybe even Stephen Weiss from Florida. But in the end, the Predators did what the Predators do well.

They promoted from within.

This is not to say that GM David Poile didn't try his best to land players he thought could help the team, but more about what the price might have been to acquire such players.

The recent arrival of defenseman Jonathon Blum and young forwards Blake Geoffrion and Matt Halischuk from Milwaukee (AHL) basically tells Preds fans that Poile and others feel they're ready to play and contribute right now.

Anders Lindback was recalled after a couple games of conditioning in Milwaukee (AHL) as well.

Now, this team is set.

Provided that there are no more significant injuries and players like defenseman Francis Bouillon return soon, this is it.

While we may never know the full extent to the deals the Predators may have been considering, it's safe to assume that management feels more comfortable going with the youth rather than trading it away.

If past call-ups are any indications for this franchise, than I'd say the Predators are in good shape.



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