Heading up to Wednesday's offer-sheet matching deadline, hockey pundits from TSN to some guy in his mom's basement were all crying the same thing: "David Poile has no choice! He must match the Flyers' offer sheet to Shea Weber! The Predators can't lose both of their top defensemen in one off-season!"
It was a gimmie. A "no duh" signing, if you will. A "you let him go and your franchise is toast" kind of move. Now, apparently, it's shrewdness. As Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News writes:
In matching the 14-year, $110-million offer sheet signed by captain Shea Weber, Poile wrested his top remaining defenseman away from the big-market Philadelphia Flyers and (with the help of his ownership group’s pocketbook) said not on my watch.With Ryan Suter already gone to Minnesota for big bucks, it was obvious the vultures were circling Nashville and the GM stood his ground. He’s David Poile, Vampire Hunter.
While that is an outstanding men...