Predators report to camp with new coach, new teammates

  The Nashville Predators made the biggest change in franchise history during the offseason. Now it's time for the Peter Laviolette coaching era to kick into high gear. The Predators reported Thursday for training camp with Laviolette in charge after being hired in May to replace the only coach Nashville ever had in Barry Trotz, now with Washington. They also have four new players...
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New coach, 4 teammates as Predators report to camp

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators made the biggest change in franchise history during the offseason. Now it's time for the Peter Laviolette coaching era to kick into high gear. The Predators reported Thursday for training camp with Laviolette in charge after being hired in May to replace the only coach Nashville ever had in Barry Trotz, now with Washington. They...
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Previewing The Nashville Predators

from Gare Joynce of Sportsnet, Biggest storyline to watch: Poile was a voice in the wilderness — a league executive who stood by his coach through thick and mostly thin. Laviolette is the face of a Nashville reboot as much as James Neal. If Laviolette enjoys early success, many will suggest Poile waited too long to change the culture in the organization. If Laviolette is...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators announce single-game ticket promotions for 2014-2015 season

Nashville’s already bringing back bobbleheads this season to please the masses that have been clamoring for their return for quite some time, so what else does the team have in store? Via a press release sent by the team just moments ago, plenty of things. From the Nashville Predators PR department: “Students, families, “hometown heroes” and everyone in between will be...
Via The Predatorial
11 days ago  |  Discuss

James Neal's unique shot gives Predators a new weapon

Predators forward James Neal blasted down the wing, skated in on Carter Hutton and quickly zipped a wrist shot high to the goaltender's glove side for a goal. Granted, it happened during informal, player-run drills, but it offered a glimpse into what Neal — a former 40-goal scorer acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins this summer — could be for his new team. "I'...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Laviolette confirms Neal, Ribeiro will get a chance to reunite

Josh Cooper has thrown out some possible line combinations. We countered with a completely different take. And Brandon Felder of The Predatorial has gone so far as to not predict anything. The morale of the story? Nobody knows what to expect. There are a lot of question marks surrounding the Nashville Predators this upcoming season. The Barry Trotz-era is over and that raises a lot...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Trotz looks forward, but keeps eye on Predators

Barry Trotz has followed the Predators this offseason. He has analyzed their additions and formed his own critiques, but he plans on keeping them to himself. "I'll get to see how that plays out," the Washington Capitals coach said via phone. "I don't look back. I just look forward." From the hiring of coach Peter Laviolette, to the trade for forward...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators got value in James Neal trade

Normally when a team trades for a big-name player, it takes on extra salary. It's the price you pay for adding an elite athlete. Strangely, when the Predators traded for forward James Neal from Pittsburgh, it proved a salary dump to some degree. Former forward Nick Spaling will make $2.2 million next season. Patric Hornqvist, also sent to the Pens for Neal, will make $4.25...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

What could the Preds line combinations look like?

Josh Cooper of The Tennessean posted his potential line combinations for the Nashville Predators’ 2014-15 season this morning. Some peculiar choices to be certain. In response, here are ours… James Neal – Mike Ribeiro – Craig Smith Colin Wilson – Derek Roy – Olli Jokinen Filip Forsberg – Calle Jarnkrok – Viktor Stalberg Matt Cullen – Paul Gaustad - Eric Nystrom...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Poile talks about surplus of forwards, competition in camp

The Nashville Predators had to get better on offense. General Manager David Poile knew this and revamped his roster for the upcoming season in an effort to do so. His first step was acquiring sniper James Neal from the Pittsburgh Penguins in June. He then signed versatile veteran Olli Jokinen. The team then announced top center Mike Fisher would be out until November (at least) and...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

10 players who will struggle in 2014-15

It’s time to predict which players will have a tough time in 2014-15. We’ve already discussed which players will get back on track in the season ahead, but now it’s time to discuss which skaters will leave fans wanting more. Ben Bishop – Tampa Bay Lightning After finishing the year as a finalist for the Vezina and posting 37 wins, a 2.23 GAA and a tidy .924 save percentage...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pittsburgh Penguins Have A Few Questions To Answer

from Wes Crosby at NHL.com, Will the new-look roster produce a better result? -- These are not the same Penguins that bowed out in the second round of the 2014 playoffs. Forward James Neal was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. Forwards Jussi Jokinen, Joe Vitale and Tanner Glass are gone, as are defensemen Matt Niskanen...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators Quietly Having an Encouraging Offseason

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images   By: Ryan Kiray (@RyanK_THG)   David Poile and the Nashville Predators are quietly having a pretty good offseason. Most people were very aware of the blockbuster acquisition of James Neal from Pittsburgh, but the signings of veterans like Derek Roy went largely unnoticed. The Predators have managed to inject some offense on the cheap while minimizing...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Evander Kane makes little sense for Predators

If the Predators want to get more offensive via trade, there's one more player out there who could help them. Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets is a young scorer who would complement first-line winger James Neal on the second line. If character wasn't an issue, Kane, a former 30-goal scorer who is just 22 years old, would be a great fit. Sadly, character is an issue for...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators take a chance on Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy

The Nashville Predators signed Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy to one-year contracts Tuesday. Ribeiro will make $1.05 million and Roy signed for $1 million. “Mike is a talented veteran center who has produced offensively everywhere he has played,” general manager David Poile said. “We have done our due diligence and believe Mike has a lot to offer to our team, improves us at our...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Why signing troubled but talented center Ribeiro is a great idea for Preds

If proof was ever needed that the Nashville Predators are focusing on the forward position, look no further than today. In an off-season where they’ve already added sniper James Neal and veteran center Olli Jokinen, General Manager David Poile and the Predators signed another offensive weapon this morning. Former All-Star Mike Ribeiro, fresh off of a disappointing season with...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

David Booth A Good Fit For The Pittsburgh Penguins?

  The Pittsburgh Penguins have been trying to address some of the team’s issues this off-season, one of them being depth at the forward position. Pittsburgh traded away sniper James Neal to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. Though the trade has been seen as questionable by some in Pitssburgh, Hornqvist provides scoring in his own right...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

SmashTalk Podcast Episode 2: Offseason Report

The James Neal trade was one of a number of topics discussed on SmashTalk. (Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins) On our second episode of the SmashTalk Podcast, we discussed the developments of the Predators’ offseason so far. Your hosts Cutler, Mark, and Kyle talked everything from James Neal to Olli Jokinen to Kevin Fiala. We were joined by Justin Bradford of Penalty Box Radio and Colin...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Have Preds assembled pieces for long term success?

There was no question that the Nashville Predators owned the first day of the 2014 NHL Draft. Not because they had the first overall pick or because they chose a “can’t miss” prospect who fell to them at 11th overall. It was because they traded for Pittsburgh Penguins winger James Neal. “This has Peter Laviolette’s fingerprints all over it,” NHL Network studio analyst...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators GM David Poile Mic’d Up During James Neal Trade Discussions (Video)

Behind-the-scenes access is becoming more and more prevalent in professional sports, and the Nashville Predators recently continued that trend at the 2014 NHL draft. Preds general manager David Poile was mic’d up as hockey fans were given some pretty unprecedented access at the Nashville draft table in Philadelphia. The club was busy, too, as Nashville executed arguably the biggest...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

James Neal expects fresh start with Predators

New Predators winger James Neal understands that he needs an image reboot in Nashville. Known as gruff, being difficult to deal with, and even a risk on the ice during his four years in Pittsburgh, Neal comprehends that he needs to make some changes to both his game and his attitude. “Your emotion gets the better of you,” Neal, a former 40-goal scorer, said of his style of play...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators GM Dave Poile Was Mic’d Up For James Neal Trade

The Nashville Predators made a splash at the NHL Draft by trading for James Neal from the Pittsburgh Penguins and fortunately Predators general manager Dave Poile was mic’d up for it. Pretty awesome to see something like this go down and get an inside look at it. [NHL.com] The post Predators GM Dave Poile Was Mic’d Up For James Neal Trade appeared first on Diehardsport.
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July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators watch division foes dive into free agency

The goal for the Predators at the start of free agency Tuesday was simple: land a first-line center to play with newly acquired winger James Neal. That didn't happen. While the rest of the Central Division dived into free agency, the Predators stood pat. But they aren't worrying yet. "To me it's about signing the right player at the right time for the right price...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Free Agents that Nashville should target tomorrow

With Free Agency beginning at 11am central time on July 1st, Nashville will most likely be diving into the deep end with the proverbial “Great Whites” this year to land themselves a bonafide number one center to pair up with James Neal. With news out on Sunday that the Predators nearly had a deal to bring Vincent Lecavalier in from Philadelphia, it’s another reminder that David...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

James Neal deal could help Predators in free agency

The Predators got their man this weekend. James Neal, who was acquired in a trade with the Penguins on Friday during the NHL Draft, will no doubt help Nashville's offense. Now the attention turns to free agents. Prior to the Neal deal, the Predators were not exactly an attractive option to strong forwards looking for a new home. They had good and gritty two-way players, but...
Via Hockey Fan Land
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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