Nashville inks Poile, Fenton to contract extensions

The Nashville Predators inked both general manager David Poile and assistant general manager Paul Fenton to contract extensions on Monday.

Poile's deal will keep him in charge in the Music City through 2014-15.

"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," Preds chairman Tom Cigarran said.

"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 came to the franchise from the Washington Capitals in 1997, and as its only GM, has guided the franchise from expansion to playoff berths in six of the last seven seasons. He currently sits third all-time in games won as a general manager (1,049) and ranks third in total games behind Glen Sather and Harry Sinden.

"I appreciate ownership's support and, as importantly, ownership's commitment to building a Stanley Cup winner here in Nashville," Poile said. "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," Poile added. "We're thrilled that he will continue to play a key role in our hockey operations."

Fenton has spent the last six years as assistant to Poile, following eight years as the club's director of player personnel. The 52-year-old played eight seasons in the NHL from 1984-92. Upon retirement, he worked five years in the Anaheim hockey operations department.