January 23, 2018 | 8:50pm ET
NASHVILLE STILL LOOKING TO ADD WINGER
David Poile, GM
The Nashville Predators are battling for first place in the Central Division and hope to make another appearance in the Stanley Cup Final this June.
Predators GM David Poile has been rumoured to be in the market for a top-six winger for most of the season, even after acquiring centre Kyle Turris in a three-way deal with the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators in early-November.
During Tuesday night’s “Insider Trading” segment on TSN, Pierre LeBrun reemphasized Poile’s desire to add a top-six winger, though the team has not made a decision on which player they plan to target leading up to the trade deadline.
The Preds have been linked to such players as Ottawa Senators sniper Mike Hoffman, Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty and Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane, though talks have merely been exploratory, at best, so far.
Kane is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, while Hoffman and Pacioretty are signed beyond this season. All three players are listed on TFP’s Top 30 Available Players List.
The Predators have a decent amount of salary cap space to play with, and can add upwards of $13 million in pro-rated salary by the Feb. 26 deadline, according to CapFriendly.