Originally written July 26, 2012 on State of Hockey News:
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For Nashville Predators' fans, this summer has been like an old fashioned country or western song.  Instead of hearing about getting drunk, or their wife / girlfriend leaving them or their dog or horse dying Predators fans were treated to a summer where their top two defenseman Ryan Suter and Shea Weber.  Losing Suter, an unrestricted free agent wasn't quite as surprising, but the big offer sheet by the Philadelphia Flyers to Weber who is an restricted free agent was a bit more of a surprise placing the organization in an awkward position.  Does it match the offer sheet which could put the future viability of the franchise in peril or does it allow Weber to leave for a large ransom of draft choices but in the meantime leaves a giant void in their squad and may leave its fans wondering if they will always be a pretender and not a contender?  I have no doubt this has been the toughest week for Nashville General Manager David Poile who has been with the organization since its i...
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