Vinny Prospal might not be going anywhere at the 2012 NHL trade deadline, but that doesn't mean there aren't other rumors and news circulating around the league on this Wednesday afternoon. Let's catch up.
- When all is said and done, it doesn't make too much sense for David Poile to trade pending UFA defenseman Ryan Suter right now. Sure, you don't want to risk losing him for nothing come July, but the Preds are right in the thick of the Western Conference and Central Division races. Trading half of your dominant top defensive pairing isn't the way to win those races.
As Poile explained on Sportsnet Tuesday, he's not completely opposed to a trade, but thinks that one is unlikely.
"I don't want to shut the door (on a trade), but I can't see us being successful without Ryan (Suter) in first our quest to make the playoffs and obviously to win in the playoffs," Predators general manager David Poile told HOCKEY CENTRAL at Noon on Tuesday. "Our goal is to sign him ... As a manager you can't deal in absolutes. The landscape changes every day with your wins and losses and injuries."
Poile goes on in the interview to say he believes the Predators will be a team that spends to the salary cap next season with Suter, Shea Weber and Pekka Rinne all in the fold on expensive contracts. The Preds have never spent to the cap since it was implemented in 2005.
- It certainly seems like this is a sellers market at this point, right? There are so many teams that are still in the running for the playoffs, and it's creating a lot of demand for the few teams that are actually selling their players. Each time Carolina signs a Tim Gleason or Columbus signs a Prospal, that only exaggerates this even further. Then, when you see that teams like Nashville, if they're to trade a guy like Suter, are asking for multiple prospects, draft picks and NHL-caliber players and it slims down the buying options even further.