Originally written on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Victor Bartley was in Bridgestone Arena on opening night last season in a suit. It was a suit in an NHL arena, but it was a suit nonetheless. Injured in Nashville’s abbreviated training camp in January, Bartley hung around in Nashville for a few extra days to heal. Those few extra days meant that Bartley was added to the Predators opening night roster but was a “healthy” scratch (healthy in name only, since he was injured). After opening weekend, Bartley found himself on a plane back to Milwaukee. Bartley actually began the 2012-13 season in Milwaukee. While several players went to Europe during the lockout, Bartley’s two-way contract, lack of NHL playing time and projected roster spot (or projected non-existent roster spot) meant that he stayed in North America and plied his trade with Nashville’s farm club. Making the most of his opportunity, Bartley unleashed 26 points (7G – 19A) in 54 games with the Admirals, becoming Milwaukee’s lone representative at the AHL All Star Classic. Technicalities aside, Bartley did not make the Predators team until halfway through the season when injuries to Hal Gill and Scott Hannan and the further regression of Jon Blum necessitated Bartley’s call up on March 8 against the Oilers. In Bartley’s debut, the Predators shut out Edmonton and had a rare (for last season) offensive explosion, winning 6-0. After the game, Barry Trotz paid Bartley perhaps the highest praise that Barry Trotz can pay a new player. “He didn’t look like he played his first game,” Trotz said. “He was pretty solid.” Bartley played out the remainder of the season in Nashville, sufficiently cementing his spot on the roster in the coming season. In fact, with Roman Josi’s ability to step up, the drafting of Seth Jones and Bartley’s performance last year, the Predators were able to let Hal Gill and Jonathon Blum walk out the door at the end of the season. To use a baseball analogy, if Bartley was to the Predators last season what Evan Gattis is to the Atlanta Braves this season, Hal Gill was the pre-LASIK Dan Uggla. For his part, Bartley was rewarded with the first one-way contract of his career, a three-year, $2 million deal. Bartley has literally played all over the place. His professional career began in Providence, took him to Utah, Bridgeport and Sweden before the Predators signed him to a two-way contract. For the first time in his career, Bartley at least has a small sense of comfort and stability for the next few seasons. This season, Bartley will be joining a much stronger defensive group than last. In addition to Bartley, opposing teams will need to get past Seth Jones, Roman Josi, Kevin Klein and, of course, Shea Weber before they still have to unleash a shot on Pekka Rinne. A hard-working player who does not show any signs of slacking off, Bartley should continue to improve upon his already solid play from last year and become one of the most dependable of Nashville’s blue-liners. Highlight No comment necessary. – Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua The post Journeyman Victor Bartley finally gets a sense of stability appeared first on The Predatorial.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Metta World Peace expresses interest to coach St John's

Knicks want Marc Gasol, do they know what they’re asking for?

New York Rangers are the first team to clinch a playoff spot

Victorino: I plan on playing every day for Red Sox in 2015

The Rams are still planning on drafting a quarterback


Howard willing to make 'ultimate sacrifice' to help Rockets

Pacquiao bought P. Diddy’s house for $12.5M, fight tickets

The Seahawks are already winning the NFL Draft

Fiancée takes stand at Aaron Hernandez's murder trial

Thunder announce Kevin Durant to miss rest of season

Jeremy Maclin says he still believes in Chip Kelly

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Dominique Wilkins in HORSE

Angels remove Josh Hamilton banner from front of stadium

Elite Eight preview: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

Support for relocation growing among NFL powers

Mother says special needs son forced to remove varsity letter

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Minnesota Timberwolves: Should they tank?

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

Twins to offer $19 Bloody Mary with pizza slice garnish

Ranking the NBA's hottest coaching seats

The beginning of the end for Notre Dame

An identity in flux: Harden and the collective consciousness

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

The last Expo standing

Five under-the-radar AL MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit's GF a letter

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.