February 22, 2019 | 11:46pm ET
PREDATORS GM SCOURING TRADE MARKET
David Poile, GM
The Nashville Predators are hoping to add a top-line talent before the trade deadline kicks in on Monday at 3pm ET and GM David Poile is combing through the League for options.
The Predators were among the teams interested in centre Matt Duchene, but the Ottawa Senators traded him to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday morning.
Poile is believed to still have interest in Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin, but Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen told reporters later in the day that it would take an offer he can’t refuse in order to pull the trigger.
Now, the Predators may be focused on Senators right wing Mark Stone, the biggest fish in the trade market, but the price tag is believed to be two first-round draft picks and two top prospects or a prospect and an NHL-ready player.
TFP has learned the Predators are also interested in New York Rangers forwards Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello and could be trying to acquire one of them.
The Predators have also been linked to such players as Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds, Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist, and Los Angeles Kings centre Jeff Carter, among others.
Poile is willing to part with his first-round draft pick this year as part of a package for a top-tier player and top prospect Eeli Tolvanen is also believed to be available.
Nashville also has plenty of salary cap space to add a significant piece or two prior to the deadline.