Suddenly surging Predators creating a trade-deadline dilemma

By John Glennon

A look back at the first 10 weeks of this Predators season offers fans numerous opportunities to define rock bottom.

Was it, for instance, the night of March 6, when the Preds were waxed 6-2 by Florida, suffering a third straight home loss that left Nashville with a 10-14-0 record – and facing the prospect of a franchise-long, eight-game road trip? The Preds trailed fourth-place Chicago by 11 points at that moment, in the race for the Central Division’s final playoff spot.

Or was it perhaps as recent as March 14, halfway through the murderous road trip, when a 6-3 defeat at the hands of Tampa Bay meant the Predators had once again lost three straight games -- and that they still trailed fourth-place Chicago by 10 points?

Either way, the talk concerning the Predators as the NHL’s April 12 deadline crept closer was sell, sell, sell. It was time to blow up an underachieving team, one that had seemingly been fading ever since losing to Winnipeg in the second round of the 2018 playoffs. Hit the re-start button, jettison as many vets as possible, collect as many assets as possible, and turn the franchise over to the kids.

In fact, it would be far easier to name the Predators who weren’t receiving speculation as trade bait – defenseman Roman Josi and perhaps forward Filip . . .

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