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July 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Moving on to Smashville24/7

Writing at Inside Smashville has been a fantastic opportunity. I have enjoyed covering the games, practices and morning skates of the Nashville Predators. I intend to continue to do so, but at a different venue. I have decided to shift gears, ever so slightly. Starting with tonight’s game against San Jose, I am joining Ryan Porth and Robby Stanley at Smashville247.net.  The...
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February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Better effort, but same result; Predators fall 4-3 in shootout to Blues

The Predators are two games into the 2012-13 season, and have dropped both contests in a shootout to division foes. Leading 3-2 in the third period, Nashville allowed the St. Louis Blues to tie the game with just under 8 minutes remaining in regulation. Despite the frustrating loss, Predators forward Mike Fisher saw a silver lining. “It was a battle all game going back and forth...
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January 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Money not ‘the big point’ for Klein in getting contract extension done

In the final hours of the NHL’s now expired collective bargaining agreement, the Nashville Predators were able to sign Gabriel Bourque, Craig Smith and Kevin Klein to contract extensions. While Bourque and Smith are perceived to be key parts of the franchise’s offense moving forward, Klein has been, and will continue to be, a key component on the blue line. At a players skate...
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September 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Press release: Defenseman Klein signs 5-year contract extension with Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (September 15, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Kevin Klein to a five-year, $14.5 million contract that will pay him $3 million in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16, and $2.75 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18. “My family and I love Nashville; the fans, my teammates...
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September 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Press release: Fisher signs two-year contract extension with Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (August 20, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Mike Fisher to a two-year, $8.4 million contract that will pay him $4.2 million in both 2013-14 and 2014-15. Fisher, 32 (6/5/80), ranked second on the Predators in goals (24) and third in points (51) in 2011-12, in...
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August 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Predators hold town hall meeting Monday afternoon

The Nashville Predators are hosting a Skate of the Union Town Hall Meeting Monday afternoon from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Fans will be able to get meet some of the players as well as enjoy an open skate on the Bridgestone Arena ice. General Manager David Poile will also be on hand to answer questions from fans submitted online and at the door of the event, as will Tom Cigarran, Sean Henry...
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August 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Press release: Predators sign defenseman Scott Hannan to one-year deal

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Scott Hannan to a one-year, $1 million contract. Hannan, 33 (1/23/79), has amassed 197 points (33g-164a) and 522 penalty minutes in 908 regular-season games and 15 points (1g-14a) and 89 penalty minutes in 82 playoff games with San Jose, Colorado, Washington...
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August 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Weber ‘comfortable’ staying in Nashville for rest of career

If Shea Weber wanted out of Nashville, you would never have known it from the sound of his voice on Wednesday afternoon. The Predators captain participated in a conference call with the media after Nashville matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers. “It’s a good feeling. It’s where I started,” Weber said of Nashville. “They gave me the...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Ownership commits to Weber, will the captain commit to Nashville?

The Nashville Predators announced on Tuesday afternoon that they matched the offer sheet submitted to team captain Shea Weber. The 26-year old signed the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers last Thursday. Weber is now under contract with the Predators for the duration of the contract. In what the Predators called the “most important transaction in history...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Press release: Predators match offer sheet to captain Shea Weber

Nashville, Tenn. (July 24, 2012) –In the most important hockey transaction in franchise history, Nashville Predators Chairman Tom Cigarran, President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile and CEO Jeff Cogen announced today that the team has matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet between the Philadelphia Flyers and defenseman Shea Weber, insuring that the Predators’...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Press release: Predators re-sign Colin Wilson

Nashville, Tenn. (July 24, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Colin WIlson to a three-year, $6 million contract. The Greenwich, Conn., native will make $1.5 million in 2012-13, $2 million in 2013-14 and $2.5 million in 2014-15. Wilson, 22 (10/20/89), set career highs in assists...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Avoiding arbitration, Kostitsyn re-signs with Predators

On Monday afternoon, Darren Dreger of TSN reported that Sergei Kostitsyn had signed a two-year deal with the Predators. Kostitsyn will get $3 million for each of the two seasons after previously filing for arbitration. Had the two teams not settled on a new contract, an arbitration hearing would have been held on August 2nd. The news of Kostitsyn re-signing with the Predators is...
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July 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Press release: Predators sign Maclellan to one-year, two-way contract

Nashville, Tenn. (July 23, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed restricted free agent forward Jack Maclellan to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 at the National Hockey League level and $70,000 at the American Hockey League level. Maclellan, 24 (6/5/88), signed with the Predators...
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July 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Press release: Predators statement regarding Weber

Nashville, Tenn. (July 19, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile issued the following statement this morning: “We are in receipt of the offer sheet signed between the Philadelphia Flyers and Shea Weber. Under the rules pertaining to an offer sheet, the Predators have one week to decide whether to match or accept the compensation...
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July 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Shea Weber signs 14-year offer sheet from Flyers

Everyone knew it was possible, but what seemed unlikely has indeed happened. Restricted free agent, and team captain Shea Weber has signed an offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers. Darren Dreger from TSN broke the news on Twitter early Thursday morning when said the contract was for 14 years and upwards of $100 million. Details of the deal have not been released, but Dreger heard...
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July 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Press release: Predators re-sign goaltender Smith to one-year, two-way deal

Nashville, Tenn. (July 17, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed restricted free agent goaltender Jeremy Smith to a one-year, two-way contract worth $660,000 at the National Hockey League level and $65,000 at the American Hockey League level. Smith, 23 (4/13/89), led the AHL in minutes (3283...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Suter signs with Wild for ‘family reasons’ leaving Poile frustrated

Independence Day is a time for celebrating the United States with BBQ and family. Nashville’s prized unrestricted free agent, Ryan Suter, made a statement of just how important family is when he announced that he had signed a 13-year deal with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. Suter said goodbye to the Predators after 9 years in the organization. Nashville’s General Manager David...
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July 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Press release: Predators select nine on second day of 2012 NHL Entry Draft

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (June 23, 2012) – The Nashville Predators made nine selections on Day Two of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., taking six forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender. Sweden, the United States and Finland were once again on the Predators draft radar – the franchise has now selected at least one Swede in seven consecutive drafts...
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June 24, 2012  |  Discuss

‘The right guy got the Vezina’ – Rinne on Lundqvist and EA Sports NHL 13

New York Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy for top goaltender in the League. It is the second consecutive year that Pekka Rinne was nominated but did not win the award. Rinne finished third in voting. “The right guy got the Vezina,” Rinne said, adding, “Lundqvist had a great season. I am sure it is always a tight race. Hopefully, in the future – that...
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June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Fisher wins Foundation Player Award, finishes 7th in Selke voting

LAS VEGAS, NV — Pekka Rinne didn’t win the Vezina for the second consecutive year. Shea Weber lost the Norris Trophy by the slimmest of margins, again. David Poile is now a three-time loser of the General Manager of the Year Award. But the Nashville Predators didn’t leave Las Vegas empty handed. Mike Fisher was awarded the NHL Foundation Player Award, given to the player that...
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June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Press release: Fisher wins Foundation Player Award

Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher is the recipient of the 2011-12 NHL Foundation Player Award. The award recognizes an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey — commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community. The NHL Foundation will present $25,000 to the Room In The Inn, a full-service homeless facility located a few blocks...
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June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Rinne thanks fans for making him an NHL 13 cover-vote finalist

LAS VEGAS, NV – When the NHL Awards are handed out on Wednesday afternoon at the Encore Theater at the Wynn in Las Vegas, fans will also find out which player will be on the cover of EA Sports NHL 13. Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne and Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux are the two finalists. Fans that voted online chose the winner. “It was almost overwhelming,” Rinne...
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June 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Press release: Dean Evason named head coach of Admirals

Nashville, Tenn. (June 19, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that Dean Evason has been named the 20th head coach of the team’s primary developmental affiliate, the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals. “Dean Evason brings the knowledge, insight and expertise of 20 years of NHL playing and coaching...
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June 19, 2012  |  Discuss

With NHL Awards on Wednesday, Poile predicts Weber will take Norris Trophy

On Wednesday, the National Hockey League will hand out its annual achievement awards. For the second consecutive season, the Nashville Predators are nominated for four trophies. For the third straight, David Poile is up for General Manager of the Year. Pekka Rinne and Shea Weber are each nominated for second consecutive seasons for tops in their respective positions, and Mike Fisher...
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June 19, 2012  |  Discuss
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