Hours before Round 1 of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft began at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, Predators general manager David Poile acquired a 2008 first-round pick and two second-round picks from the Florida Panthers in exchange for goaltender Tomas Vokoun. [Related: Predators deal Vokoun to Florida for three picks]
Poile recorded an audio statement about the trade that allows the Predators to make at least one other second-round selection in the 2007 draft and adds an additional first-round selection for a highly touted 2008 draft. Goaltender Chris Mason, who played 40 games this season including 21 consecutive starts when Vokoun was sidelined with a hand injury, will step into the No. 1 role for Nashville. Goaltending prospect Pekka Rinne will likely be Mason's back-up for the 2007-08 season. Click the link below to hear Poile's statement.
Audio: Listen to Poile's comments (2:11)