Will Predators make another splash before NHL trade deadline?

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VIDEOS: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2016-17 SEASONWhy is Pekka Rinne so dominant against the Oilers? | 1:14

The Predators goalie has won his past eight starts against Edmonton, recording three shutouts, as of Feb. 3, 2017. Adam Vingan/The Tennessean

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VIDEOS: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2016-17 SEASONMeasuring the Predators' overall depth this season | 0:29

The Predators have used 37 players this season, most in the NHL.

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VIDEOS: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2016-17 SEASONAnalyzing the Predators' goalies this season | 0:29

Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros have formed a formidable tandem in goal for Nashville. Adam Vingan / The Tennessean

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VIDEOS: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2016-17 SEASONPredators' Filip Forsberg discusses his goal-scoring run | 1:17

The forward has 12 goals in his past 18 games, tied for the most in the NHL since Dec. 19. Adam Vingan

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VIDEOS: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2016-17 SEASONP.K. Subban talks about his return from injury | 0:35

The Predators defenseman missed 16 games before appearing in Nashville's win against Edmonton on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Adam Vingan/The Tennessean

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VIDEOS: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2016-17 SEASONPredators' P.K. Subban discusses return from injury | 1:47

The defenseman missed 16 games because of an upper-body injury. Adam Vingan / Tennessean

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VIDEOS: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2016-17 SEASONSuper Mario becomes Predators' unofficial mascot. | 0:35

Super Mario became the Nashville Predators' unofficial mascot after a delayed flight led players to Dave & Busters. Adam Vingan

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VIDEOS: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2016-17 SEASONJuuse Saros talks trust, performance in latest victory | 0:57

The rookie goaltender made 35 saves in the Predators' 2-1 win against Boston on Thursday. Adam Vingan / The Tennessean

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VIDEOS: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2016-17 SEASONCody McLeod discusses his Predators debut | 0:40

The veteran forward was traded to the Predators from the Avalanche on Friday. Adam Vingan / The Tennessean

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VIDEOS: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2016-17 SEASONEvaluating the Predators at the halfway mark | 1:09

Predators reporter Adam Vingan hands out grades for the team's first half. Adam Vingan/The Tennessean

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VIDEOS: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2016-17 SEASONDissecting the Predators' overtime woes | 0:55

Predators reporter Adam Vingan discusses the Predators' 7-20 record in OT/shootouts over the past two seasons. Adam Vingan/The Tennessean

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VIDEOS: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2016-17 SEASONThe Subban Sleigh | 6:07

With a little help from his friends at the Montreal Children's Hospital, P.K. Subban takes his holiday surprise to Nashville! PK Subban

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VIDEOS: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2016-17 SEASONIs Viktor Arvidsson worthy of protection from expansion draft? | 2:08

Adam Vingan discusses the play of Viktor Arvidsson and how it could affect the Predators' expansion draft plans in June. Adam Vingan / The Tennessean

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VIDEOS: NASHVILLE PREDATORS 2016-17 SEASONHow has P.K. Subban found his scoring touch in Nashville? | 1:43

Predators reporter Adam Vingan discusses the defenseman's seven goals, which is more than he scored last season with the Canadiens.

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  • Why is Pekka Rinne so dominant against the Oilers?
  • Measuring the Predators' overall depth this season
  • Analyzing the Predators' goalies this season
  • Predators' Filip Forsberg discusses his goal-scoring run
  • P.K. Subban talks about his return from injury
  • Predators' P.K. Subban discusses return from injury
  • Super Mario becomes Predators' unofficial mascot.
  • Juuse Saros talks trust, performance in latest victory
  • Cody McLeod discusses his Predators debut
  • Evaluating the Predators at the halfway mark
  • Dissecting the Predators' overtime woes
  • The Subban Sleigh
  • Is Viktor Arvidsson worthy of protection from expansion draft?
  • How has P.K. Subban found his scoring touch in Nashville?

Predators general manager David Poile has until March 1 to make trades before the NHL‘s deadline.(Photo: Mark Humphrey / AP)

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No NHL general manager has commanded more attention lately than David Poile.

The Predators GM hasn‘t had reservations about making headline-grabbing moves, which heightens interest regarding how he will proceed ahead of the league‘s March 1 trade deadline.

“You always want to put yourself in a position that you’re prepared for what might happen,” Poile said last week. “Are we in good health? Are we winning? Is each line contributing? Are our speciality teams doing well? Are we missing something? How’s our depth? (You want to) put yourself in a position not only to make the playoffs, but to have a run in the playoffs.”

The past 13 months have seen the Predators‘ roster undergo significant renovations, headlined by the two eye-popping trades with Columbus and Montreal last year for center Ryan Johansen and defenseman P.K. Subban, respectively.

The Predators also stripped themselves of their veteran presence in favor of younger players during the offseason, losing former captain Shea Weber, forwards Paul Gaustad and Eric Nystrom as well as defenseman Barret Jackman.

Poile recently restored some of that leadership and physicality, nabbing forward Cody McLeod and forward Vernon Fiddler  to serve in depth roles.

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“All those things changed the chemistry and culture of the team,” Poile said. “I think right now we’re probably the best team that we’ve been all year. I think we’re the best team chemistry- and culture-wise that we’ve been all year. … We have a lot of good pieces now, a lot of good parts, a lot of guys that do different things that hopefully make us a good team.”

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Having dealt with a steady wave of injuries this season, the Predators are nearly at full strength. Their 9-5-2 record since Jan. 1 is sixth-best in the NHL and a slight demonstration of their potential as currently constructed, which might influence the team‘s deadline plans.

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“Give me health, give me consistency, I’ll take my chances,” Poile said.

The Predators about Avalanche forward Matt Duchene, a 30-goal scorer and NHL All-Star last season who to a trade from the league’s worst team. Nashville and Colorado have had multiple conversations this season, though that stems in part from the teams hammering out the McLeod trade last month.

Duchene, 26, theoretically would fill a need at center. But acquiring a high-end forward probably would require the Predators to trade a defenseman, further tampering with one of the NHL’s deepest corps.

“We can’t be doing that all the time, or you won’t have one of the best defenses,” said Poile, who swapped All-Star defenseman Seth Jones for Johansen in January 2016 and Weber for Subban last June.

Poile stressed that his recent dealings shouldn‘t suggest that he‘s looking for another splash.

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“I’m going to talk to everybody,” he said. “I’ll always listen to what people have to say. I don’t think I’m a big trader in terms of quantity. I hope I’m more quality.”

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