NHL Trade Deadline: Nashville Predators
Riding on the excellence of defenseman Shea Weber (right) and the renewed enthusiasm of Montreal castoff Sergei Kostitsyn, the Predators have already bolstered their lineup by adding solid center Mike Fisher in a trade with Ottawa, giving up a 2011 first-round pick and a conditional pick for 2012. The team has cap room to perhaps play let's-make-a-deal once more.
The Predators have been the concussion club this season, with a number of players out for extended periods because of head injuries. Forward Matthew Lombardi has missed virtually the entire season, while defenseman Francis Bouillon is just starting to ramp up workouts. Fellow defender Ryan Suter, out with an upper body injury (another apparent concussion), has also started practicing, so the team has been without two of its top six blue liners.
They may be interested in bolstering that corps, though they recently called up Jonathon Blum from Milwaukee of the AHL. Blum played Feb. 22 against Columbus and played decently, according to reports. That doesn't mean they wouldn't be interested in some veteran depth.
On the front end, the Preds may want to acquire some scoring and would probably like to dump a few contracts in the process. J.P. Dumont's name has been mentioned, as have David Legwand and Martin Erat. But the latter two, at $4 million and $5 million respectively, will be hard to unload.
Ideally, Nashville would love to add scoring up front, but it probably doesn't have the wherewithal to go about attaining it. Plus, they Predators are in the mix like everyone else it seems in the West, so don't expect much tinkering on David Poile's part. They're more likely to stay status quo.