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Stanley Cup Final GMs David Poile, Jim Rutherford proving age is just a number

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Despite losing game 1, the Predators looked impressive against the Penguins. USA TODAY Sports’ Kevin Allen breaks down why the Preds should feel confident.
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PITTSBURGH — In Ray Shero’s first week as Nashville Predators assistant general manager in 1998, he recalls that GM David Poile taught him his first lesson on how to manage a team.

Seven minutes before an opening faceoff, Poile told Shero he needed to duck into the players’ wives’ room for a moment.

“He comes out and says, ‘I can’t believe it, but they have run out of chocolate chip cookies and we have to get them some,’ ” Shero says. “David is a detail person, and details are about people. To him, managing a team means taking care of everyone.”

Experience is always an important factor in a Stanley Cup Final, but in this year’s championship series between the Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins the most experienced competitors are the general managers. Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford is 68, and Nashville GM Poile…

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