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Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile held his pre-draft press conference at Bridgestone Arena today. Among the non-draft highlights was the status of a handful of restricted free agents.
Jon Blum, Nashville’s first round pick in 2007 (#23 overall), has not been extended an qualifying offer. After impressing during the final half of the 2010-11 campaign, Blum had a rough go when given a full-time spot the following year. He rebounded well enough to spend the entire lockout-shortened season with the big club but obviously didn’t impressive enough to be asked back. Truth be told, a numbers game could play a factor in this decision as well. With young defensemen like Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm and Victor Bartley ready for prime time, Blum is very much an odd man out. The Rancho Santa Margarita, California, native is coming off a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 at the NHL level.
Matt Halischuk once scored 15 goals in a single season for this team. Sinc...
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On Tuesday, Predators general manager David Poile compared this year's draft-talent pool to the crop of prospects from the 2003 NHL Draft, held in Nashville.
From that group, the Predators culled two eventual all-stars and, at one point, fielded a lineup with all six defensemen from that single event. If Nashville can collect a similar bounty this year, it would assure the franchise...
David Poile and his staff are gearing up for the upcoming draft and are apparently targeting four prospects. Who they are is uncertain, but the most intriguing though before draft day is whether or Valeri Nichushkin is a targeted forward. Poile defended Nichushkin a bit during the press conference. See the transcript below.
Poile on the draft: “Colorado has the number one...
Sergei Kostitsyn would need permission from the Predators to play in the KHL next season and beyond...
On Tuesday, David Poile offered status updates on RFAs Jonathon Blum, Matt Halischuk, Jeremy Smith and Nick Spaling...
David Poile addressed the media for the final time before heading out to Newark, New Jersey for this Sunday's NHL Draft. Poile did express his thoughts on the upcoming draft, but he also dipped into the free agency situation for the Predators.
July 5th is free agency day, when restricted free agents become unrestricted free agents if they haven't received a qualifying...
The Predators' GM would like to obtain a top-six forward, top-four defenseman and backup goalie this summer...
Prev1 of 1NextOn Wednesday, veteran columnist David Climer of The Tennessean wrote a piece about top Russian prospect Valeri Nichushkin. But, instead of just describing what the winger brings to the table and touching on all the drama surrounding him and his draft stock, Climer decided to make it about how the Nashville Predators should actually take him if he’s there when they...
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On June 30th, the Nashville Predators will select fourth overall in the NHL Draft, the team’s highest pick since their inaugural season in 1998. Who did the team take in that first draft? David Legwand. While Legwand never developed into an elite player, he has been a consistent contributor for the organization during his 14 year tenure. While this past...
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Kevin Klein had the worst of it this season. With Josi moving up to the top defensive pairing, this left a sizable hole on the second defensive unit with the steady play of Kevin Klein and the merry-go-round of suitors for the spot next to him. As Klein played the usual stalwart defensive game while taking very few penalties, his partners were a M.A.S.H...
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Paul Gaustad was brought into the Predators organization at the trade deadline last season for the playoff push. He brought size, a tenacious defensive effort, and was a master of the face-off. Nashville traded a first round pick to the Sabres for him and it paid off somewhat in the playoffs. He earned a sizable contract after that and here is where we are...
If things go right for the Nashville Predators this Sunday, they may have the option to select the third overall ranked skater, according to the International Scouting Services, Jonathan Drouin with their fourth overall pick.
Jon Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon were teammates last season in the QMJHL for the Halifax Mooseheads and for Team Canada during the 2013 World Junior...
Next season, the Nashville Predators will have played fifteen years in the National Hockey League, a huge milestone for not only the organization, but the league as well because it justifies the expansion to teams in non-hockey markets. As a fan since Day 1, many memories have been made at the stadium on Broadway, whether it was called the Nashville Arena, Gaylord Entertainment Center...
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I really like Nashville’s 15th Anniversary logo. Simple and elegant, but has a bit of a “kick” to it as well
From the Nashville Predators PR Department:
“Nashville, Tenn. (June 24, 2013) – The Nashville Predators will be celebrating their 15th anniversary during the 2013-14 season, and a wide-ranging set of initiatives and events are being...
Heading into the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey Sunday, the Nashville Predators will have to sit back and watch three teams select their future stars before they will have a definite idea on who's available and most importantly, who they'll select.
The Colorado Avalanche will have the luxury of making their decision on who to pick however, unless they do decide...
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This is the third part of a four-installment series documenting the most likely players the Predators could select at the NHL Entry Draft in Newark, NJ on June 30.
Part 1: Aleksander Barkov
Part 2: Jonathan Drouin
2013 NHL Draft Primer
Whether you ask scouts, general managers, or the average fan on Twitter, there is no more polarizing 2013 draft-eligible...