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from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean, While it’s understandable that some forecasts predict an offseason of gloom and doom for the Predators — there are 15 unrestricted and restricted free agents on the current roster — with a few minor tweaks, this team can contend for the Stanley Cup next season.
Ownership says it has the money to re-sign its important unrestricted free agents, namely All-Star defenseman Ryan Suter.
Defenseman Shea Weber’s restricted free-agent status means his return is likely.
If forward Alexander Radulov decides not to come back to the Predators, they probably can use his rights to deal him for another piece.
Forward Craig Smith had 36 points as a rookie and should have a better sense of the pro game as a sophomore.
Patric Hornqvist and his 27 goals are signed for next season. Leading scorer Martin Erat will be back. Goaltender Pekka Rinne should give the Predators a chance to win on most nights.
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The Nashville Predators have announced another open house with a free open skate on the Bridgestone Arena ice before it is removed for the summer. There will be plenty of other activities including the always popular Predators Foundation garage sale as well as many other specials.Here is the full release from the Predators with all the details...Join us for a night of fun at Bridgestone...
While we take a break after the disappointing conclusion of the 2011-12 Nashville Predators season, we came across an interesting fact that we thought we’d pass along.
Did you know that, of the 31 players on the active roster, only Brian McGrattan, Brandon Yip and Nick Spaling (as well as black aces Chris Mueller and Kyle Wilson) have never represented their country in any kind...
Capital general manager David Poile will have to use his diplomatic skills to smooth over relations with his Russian contingent.Restricted free agent Alexander Radulov and unrestricted free agent Andre Kostitsyn sat for two games of the ill-fated Coyotes series after missing a team curfew. Restricted free agent Sergei Kostitsyn made curfew but wasn’t happy with how coach Barry...
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What a year in Nashville hockey! Local hockey teams made waves at the national and international levels with winning teams in tournaments and end of season championships. It was a season of shift for the Nashville Predators, jettisoning older players, developing the younger corps of prospects with no degradation of results. On ice, despite the way the season ended, you can look...
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, Plenty of Ryan Suter talk last week on Hotstove, but here’s the gist: Bonus money will probably be a huge factor, because it will not be affected by a potential labour stoppage or salary rollback. In the first two years of Brad Richards’ contract, 75 per cent of the $24 million US owed him is in bonuses. It’s $13 million (of $18 million) for Christian...
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“But there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.”
It was a punch in the gut, a sham, a fraud and a deceitful account of what happened to the Nashville Predators. Surely it couldn’t have taken place…in 5 games…where the Predators dreams of even getting to the Western Conference finals and the eventual Stanley Cup...