In keeping with the recent run of organizational announcements from the Nashville, the Predators organization made the decision today to extend the contracts of both General Manager David Poile and Assistant G.M. Paul Fenton.
If Poile fulfills this contract, he will be with the Predators until the end of the 2014-2015 season. It has been an amazing run for Poile, who is the only general manager in franchise history.
“Today’s 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,” Nashville Chairman Tom Cigarran said today in statement. “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 ranks third all time in NHL G.M. wins (1,049 entering this season), behind only Boston Bruins legend Harry Sinden and current New York Rangers General Manager Glen Sather. Poile will pass Sinden in total games on March 17.
Meanwhile, Fenton is in his sixth season as Poile’s right-hand man. In addition Fenton serves as Milwaukee’s General Manager and has been the man responsible for much of the Admirals’ roster decisions. Since he’s taken on the role Milwaukee has yet to miss the AHL playoffs.
“Paul’s vast experience in the game, from playing at the NHL level to scouting and evaluation, combine to make him an integral and invaluable member of our organization,” Poile said of Fenton in a statement. “We’re thrilled that he will continue to play a key role in our hockey operations.”
So Roundtable . . . What do you think of today’s news? Are you happy with the continued stability, or do you feel like Milwaukee and Nashville have gone stagnant and need fresh voices in the front office?