Originally written on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 6/18/12

DALLAS - OCTOBER 14: Defenseman Ryan Suter #10 of the Nashville Predators at American Airlines Center on October 14, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
For years the foundation provided by goalie Martin Brodeur and defensemen Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer made the New Jersey Devils one of the best teams in the NHL because those players ranked among the very elite in the league at their respective positions. At a time when a player on Stevens' par, Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom, was earning 10.5 million per season, Stevens took below market value far below it. So did Brodeur. When the Devils won the Stanley Cup in 2002-03, Brodeur and Stevens each topped out at 6.891 million apiece, a number that served, in effect, as the team's payroll ceiling in an era in which NHL teams were not constrained by a salary cap. Nashville Predators general manager David Poile working in a time that does have a salary cap while managing a club that is not likely to spend to the cap's upper limit -- is now attempting to do the same thing. He has one of the best goalies in the league in Pekka Rinne, who for the second straight season is a finalis...
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