Nashville Predators general manager David Poile’s acquisition of P.K. Subban from the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday in a blockbuster for his captain, Shea Weber, is a reminder that being careful is not the same as being conservative.
Poile’s close-to-the-vest style is often misread as a cautious approach. Poile is calculating, analytical, thorough in his preparation, but not cautious. Poile is one of the bolder GMs. Starting from when he acquired Rod Langway for the Washington Capitals in 1982, Poile has been a general manager unafraid to make deals.
In his time in Nashville, he has persuaded Paul Kariya to sign and traded for Peter Forsberg. Today, GMs constantly say it’s near-impossible to make trades because of salary cap restrictions. Yet in 2014, Poile swapped Patric Hornqvist for James Neal. This season, he traded future top-pairing defenseman Seth Jones for No. 1 center Ryan Johansen. In between, he gave forward Mike Ribeiro a second chance when some teams were unwilling to sign him because of legal issues.
The acquisition of…