Apparently David Poile’s job does not hinge on whether or not he makes a deal to add a forward for the playoff run.
The Nashville Predators announced Monday that Poile, the only general manager in franchise history, signed a contract extension through the 2014-15 season. Assistant general manager Paul Fenton also agreed to a new deal.
“[This] announcement is further recognition by the Predators’ ownership group of the outstanding job David has done as President of Hockey Operations since the franchise’s inception,” chairman Tom Cigarran said in a release announcing the move. “The consistent success of the Predators on the ice is directly attributed to his ability to assemble and lead a team of management, coaches, scouts and administrators who continually identify, draft, develop and motive an exceptional group of experienced and young players. The ownership group believes that under his leadership, the Nashville Predators will soon achieve its goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”
Poile has put together a team that has made the Stanley Cup playoffs six times in the last seven seasons but has won just one playoff series in that time.
He has been under increased pressure lately after captain Shea Weber opted not to sign a long-term contract extension last summer, and defenseman Ryan Suter has rejected similar opportunities throughout this season.
Goalie Pekka Rinne, however, was signed to a seven-year, $49 million contract in December, and last week’s trade for Hal Gill was a significant addition in advance of next Monday’s NHL trade deadline.
Poile has said he hopes to acquire a veteran forward to enhance the team’s playoff chances and to help entice Weber and Suter to commit to the franchise for the long term.
Eight of the team’s top 10 scorers this season were drafted and developed by the Predators.
“I appreciate ownership’s support and, as importantly, ownership’s commitment to building a Stanley Cup winner here in Nashville,” Poile said in the release. “We are in our window of opportunity and I look forward to working with ownership, our staff and players to reach our goals.”