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November 15, 2013 | 8:53am ET
Predators looking to get better
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Predators GM David Poile has been manning the phones and exploring various trade possibilities with some of his counterparts as he aims to improve his roster.

According to the Nashville Tennessean, Poile sees a lot of work ahead of him, as the Predators sit 12th in the Western Conference.

"Has our goaltending been where we want it to be? Has our defense played to where we want it to be? Is our forwards scoring where we want it to be? Is our power play as good as it can be? Is our penalty killing as good as we think it can be? The answer is no," Poile told the paper. "We need to be better in all these areas."

The Predators have struggled since star goalie Pekka Rinne stepped out of the lineup to mend a hip infection. Poile is open to making a trade, but plans on meeting with his coaching staff next week.

Poile has spoken with the Anaheim Ducks about netminder Jonas Hiller, a report first reported by Pierre LeBrun of TSN and ESPN.

If it is determined that Rinne will be out of action for an extended period of time, beyond the four week the team had originally thought, Poile could look to acquire a proven No. 1 goaltender to handle the load for the balance of the season.

"The latest update is that there will be another MRI probably near the end of the month," Poile said. "Obviously we're hoping for really good news then. But even if you get the really good news, when will he be back?"

Hiller, 31, is in the final-year of a four-year, $18 million contract. He has posted a 7-3-1 record with the Ducks so far this season.

The Predators could also approach the St. Louis Blues about netminder Brian Elliott, whom the Blues are willing to trade, or the Buffalo Sabres about Ryan Miller, though his price tag is steep.

Poile would also like to add an offensive-minded forward, as well, and will continue his search as the weeks progress.


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