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Balance, construction and patience

October 23, 2020, 7:58 AM ET [4 Comments]
Paul McCann
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So, the offseason is in full swing and the Preds have made their free agent acquisitions and have made a few singings before the hockey ops staff took off for a rather weird October vacation. The Predators appear to be younger, faster and have significantly more grit than the team that left the ice in Edmonton after dropping their play-in series to Arizona.

The key for this team could be the role player additions. Let’s face it, the team has talent. The team has needed the role players to augment that talent. The additions of Nick Cousins and Brad Richardson help in that area.

The team needs a little more grit… Cousins and Richardson add here as well as the acquisition of Mark Borowiecki… the team needed to make room for some of the developing youth like Eeli Tolvanen and Philip Tomasino. The trade of Nick Bonino for Luke Kunin makes the team a little younger, a little faster.

Finding the right balance of all of these elements seems to have eluded this team since the magical final run in 2017. I am more encouraged by this team’s construction than I have been for a long time.

Now we just have to be patient while the league, the PA and the season start committee do their work to determine how the 2021 season will be setup.

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Random Notes – Presented by

- Weird Times - It just feels strange to not be starting the season right now…

- Unsigned UFA’s - Usually the cupboard is pretty bare two weeks into UFA season… not the case right now as Mike Hoffman, Mikael Granlund, Travis Harmonic, Ilya Kovalchuk, Erik Haula are just a few of the names still available as of this writing.

- BNA to WSH - The Nashville to Washington train continues as Kevin McCarthy joins Peter Laviolette’s coaching team. A great guy who has been with Lavy for a long time.

- Postponements - The NHL postponed the Winter Classic and the All-Star Game in an announcement yesterday.

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