This year's end-of-season press conference, with Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile and Head Coach Peter Laviolette, had a different feel than previous editions.
Even considering the 2017 version, which took place exactly 11 months ago following the Preds' loss in the Stanley Cup Final, both the Predators GM and head coach stressed several times on Monday that they don't want to see big changes, they simply want a second shot at the Stanley Cup. Poile said that's not something he usually finds himself saying.
After falling in seven games to the second-place team from the 2017-18 regular season, the Winnipeg Jets, the Preds management and players are convinced the club's foundation is rock solid. With the vast majority of the team signed to long-term contracts and many of the players just now entering the prime of their careers, the Predators see a Stanley Cup in their not-so-distant future.