Predators extend general manager Poile's contract

David Poile, the only general manager the Nashville Predators have ever known, had his contract extended through the 2014-15 National Hockey League season, the team said on Monday.

A finalist for NHL's general manager of the year award the past two seasons, Poile has been in his post since the franchise was launched in 1998 and helped guide the team to the playoffs in six of the last seven seasons.

"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," Predators' chairman Tom Cigarran said in a statement.

"The ownership group believes that under his leadership, the Nashville Predators will soon achieve its goal of winning the Stanley Cup."

Prior to arriving in Nashville, Poile served as general manager of the Washington Capitals for 15 years.

He will move into second place on the all-time general manager list for games on March 17, when he will pass Harry Sinden and trail just Glen Sather of the New York Rangers.

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Frank Pingue)