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Cup contenders? Preds GM doesn’t want to get ahead of himself

David Poile

FILE - In this April 14, 2014 file photo, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile answers questions at a news conference in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators have taken their biggest step toward becoming more offensive by hiring Peter Laviolette, and now Poile is looking to give his new coach some help in scoring more goals one way or another. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)


Just a quick followup on yesterday’s poll question that asked, are the Nashville Predators legitimate Stanley Cup contenders?

At last glance, 78 percent of voters believed that, yes, the Preds are legit contenders.

But you know who’s not so sure? Or, at least, isn’t willing to say so publicly?

That would be Nashville GM David Poile, who was in Toronto yesterday for the gold-medal game of the World Juniors.

“I want to be very conservative today,” Poile told PHT’s Dhiren Mahiban. “I mean, we haven’t made the playoffs in two years. We’re playing very well right now.

“We said at the beginning of the year, our only goal was to get into the playoffs. If we make the playoffs, then we’ll talk about winning in the playoffs. I don’t want to get ahead of myself.

“We’re happy with our progress.”