The NHL trade deadline is 2 p.m. Monday, which means Nashville Predators general manager David Poile won’t exactly ease into the week.
What is your best guess as to how many of the league’s other 29 GMs you’ll talk to Monday?
Monday is the final day, so you do all of your groundwork — you get all of your lines in the water, if you will — before then. … I’ve talked to just about every team and a lot of teams multiple times just to see if there might be possible deals.
At what time Sunday night does the phone stop ringing, and at what time does it start again Monday?
It just depends on how much you have going on. The Hal Gill trade, for example, actually started on the night before the day we did the trading, and we talked multiple times.
Are you more likely to close a trade when you’re making the offer or fielding the offer?
The answer is that it’s been both ways. Sometimes you’re the one who is the aggressor in a deal, and there are some people who say, ‘I’ll trade you this player for a draft pick,’ or something like that. You just have to make a decision.
Ultimately, how much better can you make your team on this day?
If you’re dealing for someone like [Columbus forward] Rick Nash, you can change your team a lot. … Sometimes it’s the subtle deals that help you. I believe that Hal Gill is a layer who brings a certain ingredient to us and is going to help us. … You just never know. At the very least it gives you depth — another body — in a very physical game and allows the coaches more flexibility.
You have 20 games remaining in the season. Do you like the timing of the trade deadline?
I think 20 games left on the schedule is way fairer than when we were down to about 10 games left. Teams could really alter their clubs by making moves with 10 games left. Consequently, we moved back the trading deadline to a fairer position, if you will.