Predators not planning to fire GM Poile: report

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The Nashville Predators owners are “angry and confused” with how this season has gone but are not planning to replace general manager David Poile, CEO Sean Henry told The Athletic.

“Everyone’s angry and confused,” Henry told the website Wednesday. “We all believed that this roster would produce more. We all want more, and it doesn’t matter who you talk to.”

Nashville (6-10-0) is seventh in the Discover Central Division, one point ahead of the Detroit Red Wings and nine points out of fourth place, which is the final Stanley Cup Playoff spot.

“We do believe that the makeup of this roster should have produced different results,” Henry said. “We thought we were going to be performing differently than we are right now. …

“We’ll continue to look at where we are, but who this team is and what we can achieve is going to be laid out in front of us in a couple of weeks.”

With the Predators having won one of their past six games, Henry was asked if there was an “appetite” to make changes, including “moving on from” Poile.

“If there was a need to change, then there would be an appetite for it,” Henry said. “We all agree that we built the team to do more than we’re doing right now and what we need to see in the coming weeks to decide how to best move forward. Everyone is in agreement about that. There’s no doubt about that.”

Nashville has made the playoffs six straight seasons and reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2017, when it lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games. The Predators have won one playoff series since then, in 2018.

This season, forward Filip Forsberg is the only Predators player in the top 160 in NHL scoring (14 points, tied for 39th), and their team save percentage with goalies Juuse Saros and Pekka Rinne ranks 29th (.893). Nashville is tied for 25th in goals (35), 26th in goals-against (55), 24th on the power play (14.3 percent) and 30th on the penalty kill (67.8 percent).

It is the first full season with coach John Hynes, who was hired during last season after Peter Laviolette was fired in his sixth season as Predators coach.

Henry was interviewed by The Athletic as the spokesman for Nashville’s 17-person ownership group. He praised Poile for his role in their recent seasons of success, and referenced the 2016-17 team, which started the season 7-6-3 before reaching the Cup Final.

“A lot of things that were being said about the team then are being said now,” Henry said. “We believed in the team. As we continue to play and figure out who we are, we’ll make decisions based on what the results are.”

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