Predators may make another big move

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The Predators will remain in the market for an upgrade in scoring production unless the return of center Kyle Turris and improvement from left wing Kevin Fiala yields the necessary returns, general manager David Poile said on "The Midday 180" on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville on Thursday.

Turris, who has 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 30 games this season, is expected to return to the Predators lineup against the Dallas Stars at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, FS-SW, NHL.TV). He has missed the past 17 games with a lower-body injury.

Fiala has one point, a goal, in seven games since Jan. 17. He has 29 points (nine goals, 20 assists) in 55 games this season.

"If those guys can do it, we're probably not making any more moves," Poile said.

Short of that, Poile said he'd be willing to do anything he feels will make the Predators better, even if it means parting with some of their top prospects, including forward Eeli Tolvanen, the No. 30 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

"Nothing is out of the realm of possibilities," Poile said when asked specifically if he would use Tolvanen as a trade chip to improve the current roster. "It's a little bit of an arms race these couple weeks before the trade deadline and I don't want to say I would react to what another team does. I mean, first and foremost, you've got to take care of your own team, but I'm not saying no to anything right now. … I'm making calls. I'm receiving calls. I'm just looking for an opportunity to improve our team. If that comes our way between now and Feb. 25, I'm all in."

The Predators acquired rugged forwards Brian Boyle and Cody McLeod in separate trades Wednesday,

Poile said he's not sure how many teams will be selling assets the Predators might want before the deadline because of how close the playoff races are, especially in the Western Conference.

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