Predators faced with tough questions

Shea Weber hugged Pekka Rinne in a somber dressing room, the two stars shaking their heads in disbelief.

Out in the second round against the Phoenix Coyotes? Not how they had envisioned their season ending. Not by a long shot.

“It’s very disappointing. It’s very disappointing,” Nashville Predators GM David Poile told, while making sure to give the Phoenix Coyotes the utmost respect for a series win he felt they certainly deserved.

A critical seasom in the history of the Predators ends in thorough disappointment and invites more questions than answers about their future.

Have Weber and Ryan Suter played their last game as Predators?

Will the Predators bring back Alexander Radulov? Does the KHL import even want to stay?

And the most important question of all: Did the Predators add too many players — or the wrong players — late in the season to a roster that was already humming along?

Make no mistake about it, the more talented team did not win this second-round series. But the more committed team definitely did.

The Coyotes are howling their way to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history, and while the Los Angeles Kings are the clear favorites after knocking off the top two seeds, the Blackhawks and Predators found out the hard way that the plucky, rope-a-dope desert dogs have a bite as dangerous as their bark.

2 Responses to Predators faced with tough questions

  1. nordiques100 says:

    I have to believe now that the top 3 teams for the services of Ryan Suter are


    For Detroit, it depends a lot on Lidstrom, but they may get Suter anyways to be the eventual replacement for the future Hall of Famer

    Cap be damned, the Flyers need help on D and quite possibly Chris Pronger could retire to open up cap space. They are ultra aggressive and have no problems going after the best available players. They will offer money and term, whatever it takes. After their playoff failure, I clearly see them being hot on the trails for Suter to take the next step.

    Nashville is always going to be in the mix. We will see though. There's Weber to sign. Radulov. There are holes to fill. There is lots of work left there. This may have been their shot.

    I am sure there are a couple of dark horses who will be after Suter. Like maybe Buffalo and their new owner who has shown he isnt afraid to toss the cash around. who knows.

    As for other teams, one would be Toronto, but it's a longshot because they are not known to be as aggressive and willing to do what it takes to make a play for the clear top player available.

    That is what may separate the Leafs and playoff teams. Their inability to be competitive in terms of acquiring the best available talents will hurt them in the end. It has the last 8 years at least.

    Suter is exactly who Toronto needs. I am though not holding my breath on that one.

    If Burke could pull that off, enshrewing his principles his values and all those stupid things he believes in that put the Leafs at a competitive disadvantage, he could resurrect himself as someone who is trustworthy to turn the leafs fortunes around.

    right now though, forget about it. Lots of Leaf Nation have no faith. That's a good thing people. Its time we put the pressure on them for a change. Not this created, fantasy pressure they speak of themselves. real pressure. Lets really be dissatisfied if he doesn't get the job done.

  2. Steven_Leafs says:

    Should be interesting to see what he does, Nashville is a great fit for him and they are showing that they want to win a championship so he could stay there.

    Only thing though, if Pronger retires his cap hit will stay. He signed a 35+ contract so the cap does not come off until his deal is done.

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