Let’s freaking go. In case you were wondering if there would be hockey in Nashville come June, David Poile solidified it today.
With depth on the forward line being an issue there was zero doubt that the Predators would try to find their missing piece at the trade deadline.
Enter Ryan Hartman.
A hefty price? Maybe. But Lord Stanley’s Cup is worth every dime.
The Predators are already an elite team so a blockbuster trade wasn’t necessarily in the cards. They needed a a little help on the wings but didn’t want to break the bank to get it. Hartman checks all the boxes the organization was looking for and will blend well with the team.
Hartman is a gritty Right Winger who will drop the gloves when he needs to and provides a boost on offense. Although he’s only slid 8 pucks past the goalie this season, he has all the potential to be a 20 goal scorer. He banged 19 last year on a Blackhawks squad that was the one seed in the West before getting swept up by Nashville. With the playoffs being all about physicality and offense, the Preds found the right man for the job.
The Preds also finished Mike Fisher’s deal paying him 1 milly for one year. My wife as well as yours will be happy to know “the guy who married Carrie Underwood” will be back on the ice presumably this week or next.
That last domino to fall will be whether or not, Finnish phenom, Eeli Tolvanen joins the Predators at the conclusion of his KHL season. How his talent will translate to the NHL is yet to be known but he has turned heads at every level and I expect no different when he puts on the gold sweater.
David Poile has built a machine. Come June I will be shotgunning Yuenglings on Broadway as the Predators bring Lord Stanley’s Cup to home to Nashville.
Won’t you join me?