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Podcast: Does 5-Game Win Streak Affect Trade Deadline For Predators?




Nashville Hockey Now’s Clay Brewer joined AP Radio’s  Jeremy Gover on the Nashville Scene’s It’s All Your Fault podcast on Monday morning to discuss the state of the Nashville Predators and what their trade deadline plans might be given the team’s recent five-game win streak.

The Predators return home Tuesday night to face the Ottawa Senators after winning five straight on their latest road trip out west, but should their recent success impact the front office’s approach to the March 8 trade deadline? And is the team suddenly a buyer instead of a seller?

What does Nashville’s latest win streak say about the state of the current roster? The team has a negative-three goal differential this season, does that tell us anything about the Predators offense, defense or special teams?

While trade rumors still circulate around goaltender Juuse Saros, there’s perhaps a better path forward that would keep the Finnish netminder in Nashville for at least the intermediate future.

Every decision requires corresponding moves, so it’s interesting to debate whether top prospect Yaroslav Askarov coming to Nashville would disrupt the cohesion and success of the Milwaukee Admirals, who won 19 straight games until suffering a 4-2 defeat to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday. 

If general manager Barry Trotz is serious about making the Predators a contender, it’s time to start taking some big swings on some offensive talent and doing something no Predators front office has ever done before: offer sheet a bona-fide elite scorer.

Trotz has been adamant the Predators need a top-of-the-lineup, franchise-changing player, and an offer sheet may be the best way for him to acquire one.

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