Predators Trade Day Post Mortem

March 3rd, 2010 by Mark Willoughby Leave a reply »
The Nashville Predators added two players after the Olympic break to bolster the roster for a run at playoff positioning. Defenseman Dennis Grebeshkov was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers and forward Dustin Boyd was acquired from Calgary.

Grebeshkov was acquired for a second round draft pick while the Predators gave up a fourth round pick for Boyd.

Predator fans had hoped for a bigger splash from General Manager David Poile, especially after the acquisition of Grebeshkov on Monday. Many surmised that this was the trade necessary for the Predators to market D-man Dan Hamhuis, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The hope was that Hamhuis could be marketed for additional scoring up front.

Apparently, Hamhuis was shopped by the Predators, with Poile entertaining as many as ten offers during the course of the day on Wednesday. The offers for Hamhuis were not sufficient to induce a trade, and he remains on the roster and in the defensive mix as one of the top four defensemen.

Poile stated that he would attempt to assemble the best roster for the push to the playoffs and that Hamhuis was a known commodity that w ...

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