Found July 19, 2013 on Fang Faction:
It is every hockey player's dream to play for their respective nation in the Olympics. Friday, it became official that NHLers would be allowed to play in the twenty-second running of the Olympic Winter Games held in Sochi, Russia. The men's tournament will last from February 12-23.  For the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, six Nashville Predators represented their homeland -- Martin Erat (Czech Republic), Marcel Goc (Germany), Alexander Sulzer (Germany), Ryan Suter (USA) and Shea Weber (Canada).  However, the number of Predators playing in the Olympics in 2014 is expected to go down one or two players. Currently, there are only five who are legitimate options by their native land. Joonas Jarvinen, Admirals defenseman, and Pekka Rinne are considered candidates for a spot on Team Finland's roster. Rinne is a definite shoe-in and is likely to be their number one guy throughout the tournament, but Jarvinen will still have to prove himself. If the selection commitee believes that AHL experience is greater than KHL, he will be an extra or sixth defenseman. Rinne and Jarvinen weren't selected to participate in the 2010 Games, but both have played ten games for Finland in the World Championships. Now to the neighboring country of Sweden, Patric Hornqvist is the only Swedish Predator who was invited to their Pre-Olympic meeting in Stockholm, Sweden August 12-14. Hornqvist has represented Tre Kronor on all levels from U-17 up to the Olympics. In Vancouver, he scored one goal in four games.  Fellow Swedish forwards Filip Forsberg and Viktor Stalberg are not out of the question, but seems to be unlikely since they were uninvited to the meetings. At 18, Forsberg has already played in 68 international games. Stalberg has played for Sweden international twelve times as an adult and three times in the U20 World Juniors. Roman Josi will look to lead Switzerland to at least a bronze medal in ice hockey. After an impressive showing in the 2013 World Championships winning MVP, Josi will look to continue his international success. It is without question he will be playing for the Swiss in Sochi as a top line defenseman paired with Mark Streit.  After winning gold in Vancouver, Shea Weber seeks another one in Russia this time. It is clear that Canada will be the favorites heading into Sochi due to their recent success and weak group. In 2010, it was Weber's shot who went through the net, thus fully showing his true shooting ability. Weber totaled six points (2g, 4a) in seven games for the Canadians. Since Teemu Laakso and Alexander Radulov are technically still part of the Predators' organization -- even though I didn't count them -- they still count. Laakso is a contendor for Finland's defense, while Radulov will definitely be a top six forward for Russia. Want more Olympic Hockey coverage? Follow @OlympicHckyNews now. The site launches in October! (Photo by: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NHLer's awesome contract demands

If only every professional athlete would make contract negotiations as enjoyable and straight-forward as Nashville Predators winger Rich Clune did. 


Rich Clune posts 'Page 3' of new Preds contract

The Nashville Predators signed Rich Clune to a 2-year, $1.7M contract extension yesterday and a page of this contract was leaked to the world via his twitter account. If you’re not following @richcluneshow on twitter, we suggest you do it ASAP. He’s a funnier, underground version of BizNasty without someone regulating his tweets….for now. Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

Nashville Predators F Rich Cluney posts hilarious list of contract demands

Nashville Predators forward Rich Clune has spent the bulk of his career in the AHL and other lower levels of hockey, but he apparently feels he has done enough to make some fairly detailed contract demands. Cluney signed a two-year, $1.7 million extension with Nashville earlier this week. Based on the photo above that he [...]

Nashville Predators paint ice rink yellow for summer

The Nashville Predators made their home jerseys gold a couple of years ago and now it appears they wanted to paint their ice rink gold for the summer.  It won’t be like that for the season, but man does it look weird. Why? Because kids can skate on GOLD ice @ the Open House, because it's SUMMER, because it's awesome & because we can! —...

Predators' Matt Cullen ready for first-line role

It’s easy to see why Matt Cullen believes that at age 36 he is in as good shape as he has ever been in. With a water bottle in hand, the svelte Cullen took a break from touring Nashville to meet with local media Friday. The Predators signed the former Minnesota Wild forward July 5 to a two-year, $7 million contract and indicated he could be the first-line center in the season...

Nashville Predators 2013-2014 Official Schedule

Attached below is Nashville’s 2013-2014 season schedule in it’s entirety: THU OCT 3, 2013 PREDATORS BLUES 7:00 PM FRI OCT 4, 2013 PREDATORS AVALANCHE 8:00 PM TUE OCT 8, 2013 WILD PREDATORS 7:00 PM TICKETS THU OCT 10, 2013 MAPLE LEAFS PREDATORS 7:00 PM TICKETS SAT OCT 12, 2013 ISLANDERS PREDATORS 7:00 PM TICKETS TUE OCT 15, 2013 PANTHERS PREDATORS 7:00 PM...

Preds' Peterson recounts battle with Parkinson's in book

When Jim Diamond first approached Brent Peterson with the idea of writing a book about the former Nashville Predators associate coach, Peterson thought no one would want to read it. How wrong he was. On the day that Diamond made his suggestion, Peterson had announced publicly that he was suffering from Parkinsons Disease and had to resign as a coach as a result. Parkinsons affects...

Coyotes bring in Brandon Yip on one-year deal

The Phoenix Coyotes continued reshaping their roster on Friday by signing forward Brandon Yip to a one-year, two-way contract.

Nashville Predators get piss-colored ice

OK, who peed in the pool?

NHL, Preds release 2013-14 schedule (finally)

Wednesday came and went. Then Thursday came and went. Finally, on Friday afternoon, the National Hockey League and Nashville Predators announced their 2013-14 schedule.The Preds open their season on the road in St. Louis on October 3 and then the very next night in Colorado. Their home opener will come Tuesday, October 8 against Ryan Suter and the Minnesota Wild.Originally slated...

Press Release: Open House slated for Saturday

The Predators will be hosting an Open House on Saturday from 11 am through 4 pm...
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