The Nashville Predators
have extended the contracts of general manager David Poile and his assistant Paul Fenton
, the team announced Monday.
Poile is the only GM in this history of the franchise, and he's been nominated for NHL GM of the Year each of the past two seasons. His extension will run through the 2014-15 season.
"Today's announcement is further recognition by the Predators' ownership group of the outstanding job David has done as President of Hockey Operations since the franchise's inception," Predators' Chairman Tom Cigarran said in a statement. "The consistent success of the Predators on the ice is directly attributed to his ability to assemble and lead a team of management, coaches, scouts and administrators who continually identify, draft, develop and motive an exceptional group of experienced and young players. The ownership group believes that under his leadership, the Nashville Predators
will soon achieve its goal of winning the Stanley Cup."
Poile has been the team's general manager since the franchise was formed in 1998. Nashville has made the playoffs in six of the past seven seasons, and the Predators are likely to make it seven trips in eight campaigns.
Prior to that, he was the GM for the Washington Capitals
for 15 years, helping to turn that previously struggling franchise into a consistent playoff participant as well. He will pass Harry Sinden for the second-most games played as a team's GM on March 17, with only New York's Glen Sather
ahead of him.
Not only do the Predators consistently make the playoffs at the NHL level, the team's AHL affiliate in Milwaukee is also a consistent winner. The current roster has 15 players that were drafted and developed by the Predators.
Fenton is considered one of the top assistant GMs around the League, and several national media members have mentioned him as a future GM candidate in the past -- just like Poile's previous assistant, Ray Shero
"I appreciate ownership's support and, as importantly, ownership's commitment to building a Stanley Cup winner here in Nashville," Poile said in a statement. "We are in our window of opportunity and I look forward to working with ownership, our staff and players to reach our goals.
"Paul's vast experience in the game, from playing at the NHL level to scouting and evaluation, combine to make him an integral and invaluable member of our organization. We're thrilled that he will continue to play a key role in our hockey operations."