On March 14, the Predators were 11-16-1 and 10 points out of a playoff spot in the Central Division. General manager David Poile’s approach to the trade deadline seemed simple — sell, sell, sell.
The next day, the Predators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, the first of 12 wins in 15 games leading into Monday’s deadline, which came and went without much movement in Nashville.
“We started winning,” Poile said, “and there was less need for people to call me and less need for me to want to call other people.”
Defenseman Mattias Ekholm, who at one point was the most talked-about player in trade rumors, is still here. So is pending free-agent forward Mikael Granlund, who surely could have netted the Predators a future asset or two.
Poile, however, did trade for pugnacious Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Gudbranson, who joins his fifth team since signing a three-year, $12 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks in February 2018. (The cost — a 2023 seventh-round draft pick and defensive prospect Brandon Fortunato — was low, at least.)