With the signing of Colin Wilson to a new four-year deal, the Nashville Predators offseason moves are now all but complete. Recently on the Preds flagship station 102.5 The Game, Sports Night caught up with both Wilson and Nashville General Manager David Poile.
Here are some highlights from each of the interviews:
- Wilson tells the story of navigating two travel options based on whether he had to fly to Toronto for his scheduled arbitration hearing on July 28 or if a contract extension could be worked out beforehand.
- The 25-year-old discusses his evolution as a player and being able to get through some struggles on the way to his career year last season.
- Wilson outlines the influence of Mike Fisher on his career.
- The Greenwich, Conn., native explains his desire to take his career to a higher level now that his new deal signifies he’s a part of the Predators core group.
David Poile Interview:
- The Preds GM discusses in detail the process of getting Wilson's deal done and fleshes out how Craig Smith's contract (signed a week prior) laid the groundwork for it.
- Poile evaluates Wilson's growth and development during his six years in Nashville and describes how the winger’s patience has paid off, even during points when he has struggled.
- After adding players such as Cody Hodgson and Steve Moses, the NHL’s longest-tenured GM discusses the potential for a more dynamic third line. He also discusses potentially adding 19-year-old forward Kevin Fiala to that mix.
- In light of the recent deals for franchise players like P.K. Subban and Vladimir Tarasenko, Poile paints his big-picture view on future contract discussions with young Preds phenoms Filip Forsberg and Seth Jones