At a crossroads, where do Predators go from here?

There are certain times in the course of a franchise where hard decisions have to be made. The Predators are at a crossroads; one they realistically haven’t had to face in a few years.

They’ve had those off-seasons where changes are made, new players are brought in, and some players are allowed to walk -- essentially re-tooling the roster. The comments from both the locker room and management appear to be relatively close, too, with both sides very clear that the effort and end result were not satisfactory. We’ll take two examples, General Manager David Poile and Predators captain Roman Josi:

"We need to get back to our identity. We need to start playing, as we used to call it, the 'Predator Way,' the 'Predator Culture.' We have to become the hardest-working team in the League. We have to play with more passion, more determination, urgency. We have to have that refuse-to-lose attitude. My job is to assess, evaluate and work with John [Hynes] to identify how we can get better and play the game the way he believes will lead to success. I've got to provide John with some players that fit into his beliefs and his system. I can't sit here today and tell you exactly what these changes are going to be in the next couple of months. All I can say and will say at this time is all options are on . . .

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Author: Kristopher MartelCovering the Nashville Predators since 2011, and a fan of the team since they arrived, Kristopher has witnessed both the highs and the lows of the organization, spanning quick exits in the playoffs, multiple coaching changes, their only trip to the Stanley Cup Final, and more. Often trending to a more analytical approach, Kristopher enjoys breaking down some of the more detailed aspects of the Predators while at the same time trying to offer fans a friendly approach to the advanced side of hockey. When he's not around the rink, Kristopher is an avid Cleveland Browns fan, collects and enjoys fine bourbon, and likes to spend plenty of time around his grill and smoker. Kristopher, his wife Amanda, and their four children reside east of Nashville in Lebanon, Tennessee.