By most accounts, the Nashville Predators organization has had a pretty good offseason so far. It's been a very active and surprising offseason to say the least. Dan Hamhuis and Dan Ellis were both traded as expected, but Jason Arnott's trade to the New Jersey Devils came as a shock. As free agency began to inch closer and closer, nobody really expected the preds to pick up a legitimate scoring forward. Suddenly, Matthew Lombardi arrives in music city. And to top it all off, Arnott's vacated captaincy was filled by none other than Shea Weber. Not to mention the signing of former Montreal forward Sergei Kostitsyn.
So what does this mean for the Preds this upcoming season? I think it means significant improvement. The Western conference, and especially the Central division, is going to be wide open this year. Every team in the division, with the exception of the Blue Jackets, has a legitimate chance of not only making the playoffs, but winning the division. The Blackhawks team has been largely dismantled as of now after winning the cup. Detroit is still Detroit and will be in the thick of things until the end. The Blues have had a very successful offseason. And the Predators have put themselves in a good position going into this season, and will hopefully get Hornqvist re-signed soon.
This season will be difficult to predict,but Pred fans should salute David Poile and the great decisions that he and our organization have made this offseason.