Wanna blog? Start your own hockey blog with My HockeyBuzz. Register for free today!

Balance, construction and patience

October 23, 2020, 7:58 AM ET [4 Comments]
Paul McCann
Nashville Predators Blogger •Predators Radio Network • RSSArchiveCONTACT
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.


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.


SlapShot Radio is on hiatus until the next season starts

Our sponsors are fantastic, you need to check them out… Dr. Aileen Kruger at Hermitage Family and Cosmetic Dentistry … make your appointment at (615) 872-7762 and our good friend Carter Church, Your Murfreesboro real estate expert with Weichert – The Andrews Group. Cool Springs Wines and Spirits! The largest spirit store in all of middle Tennessee! And La-Z-Boy Nashville! Three locations, locally owned and operated, check out La-Z-Boy in Murfreesboro, Hendersonville and Cool Springs!

We are prepping for season 13… so get in on the action… reach out to me for awesome new advertising packages.



KINDLE USERS: Please subscribe to Predators Buzz, a one-stop feed for all things Predators-related on HockeyBuzz. Your subscription includes a free 14-day trial and is just 99 cents per month thereafter. For more information, click here.
Join the Discussion: » 4 Comments » Post New Comment
More from Paul McCann
» The time has come
» Whining through Game 3
» Playoff Picks
» Waiting for he playoffs
» A special night in Smashville