Nashville Predators winning could make city a hockey town

There is no doubt that Nashville loves their hockey team. The fans can be some of the loudest in the league and make it very difficult to play in their home arena, mesmerizing teams in the sea of white or yellow. But it goes without saying that the Tennessee town still belongs to the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have sold out tickets for each of the past 16 seasons with a stadium...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #56 Kevin Fiala

Oh man the future is bright for this guy. A player that has all the makings to be an impact forward with the Predators as he continues to develop. Can we discuss for minute how exciting it is to have all these promising forwards in the Nashville pipeline while the team is already very competitive in the league? It’s a thought that will put a smile on the face of any fan.   Back...
Via The Predatorial
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Ducks sign veteran C Mike Santorelli for 1 year at $875,000

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Veteran center Mike Santorelli has agreed to a one-year, $875,000 deal with the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks announced the deal Monday. Santorelli had 12 goals and 21 assists last season while splitting time between Toronto and Nashville, which reacquired him in a multiplayer trade in February. He also made his first NHL playoff appearances last spring with the...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking at the Predators’ Forward Corps

View image | It’s August, and hockey has slowed to a halt. With no signings or trades and preseason still a month or so away, all we can do is look at the season ahead. The Predators, with every roster player and then some signed, have the core they need to improve on last season’s success. Nashville finished second in the Central Division last year under...
Via TopSportsReport
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #38 Viktor Arvidsson

Size is overrated in the new NHL. The 5’9 Arvidsson proved that in his short stint with the Predators after a deserved call up in his rookie season. He was selected in the 4th round of last years draft and looks to have everything it takes to a productive forward at the top level. He first captured eyes at the development camp last season with his quickness and creativeness on...
Via The Predatorial
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Time for the Nashville Predators to trade Shea Weber?

I ran across an article the other day discussing whether or not it was the right time to potentially trade Shea Weber. At first, I thought it was a crazy idea. We’re talking about a guy who has a shot so hard that the puck has gone through the net, the leader of the team and the face of the franchise. At the same time, we are talking about a guy who signed an offer sheet with...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #35 Pekka Rinne

A tale of two season for the Finnish giant. Coming off the hip surgery and the complications that compounded the injury, no one really knew if he could ever reach elite goalie status again in his career. The start of last season not only saw him regain his ability, but arguably reach new heights in his career.   He only lost eight games from the start of the season until his knee...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Add More Forward Depth By Signing Matt Cullen

(John Russell/NHLI) Veteran forward Matt Cullen and Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford are back working together again. The Pittsburgh Penguins signed Cullen, the former Carolina Hurricane, to a one-year, $800,000 contract. The 38-year-old is expected to be the team’s fourth line center, which is a perfect role for him at his age. Cullen notched 7 goals and 18 assists in...
Via The PensNation
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins sign Matt Cullen as Quest for Depth Continues

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed 38 year old Matt Cullen to a one-year deal worth 800,000 dollars.  From the PPG The Penguins added another veteran center today, inking Matt Cullen to a one-year deal worth $800,000, the team announced. Cullen will be 39 in November and projects to be slotted into a bottom-six role, most likely centering the fourth line for the Penguins...
Via The Pensblog
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Now is the time for Nashville to move Shea Weber

Seemingly every summer, there are rumors that Nashville Predators star defenseman Shea Weber could be traded. Granted, this all started a few years ago when Weber was a restricted free agent and was given a huge offer sheet by the Philadelphia Flyers. The Predators obviously matched, but there has been a feeling that things just haven’t been the same between Weber and the Preds...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators re-sign Colin Wilson

The Nashville Predators have re-signed forward Colin Wilson to a four year, $15.75 million contract. Under the agreement, Wilson will make $3.75 million in the first year of the deal and $4 million for the remaining three years. Wilson, 25, had a breakthrough season last year scoring career highs in goals, 20, and points, 42.In addition, Wilson added five goals in the playoffs in...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators: Top 3 things to consider before next season

The Nashville Predators shocked the Central Division as they set the standards for regular season success in the 2014-15 season.  Needless to say, the Predators took many strides in the right direction for a team that hadn’t made the playoffs in the two previous seasons. The organization will continue to further that success in the 2015-16 season as they make their offseason moves...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators: All Present and Accounted For

View image | The Nashville Predators have built a diverse core for the years to come, and on Monday they signed the last contract of that core to 4 years. Colin Wilson joined Craig Smith as the newest contract in Nashville, solidifying him as part of the core for years to come. He was 36 hours away from his arbitration hearing, and like many Preds fans, I breathed...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Next Season Might Be Nashville’s Best Shot at a Cup Run

Excitement is rampant for October to come around. A comeback year for the Predators saw them compete for the division title and give the eventually Stanley Cup winners all they could handle in the first round. Now, the page is turned to the upcoming season.   After Colin Wilson was signed to a new deal earlier in the week, the roster is more than likely set for the start of the...
Via The Predatorial
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Bruins GM appears to confirm talks with free agent Cody Franson

There have been rumors for over a week that the Bruins are in talks with free-agent defenseman Cody Franson, and it seems Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed those rumors Wednesday while at a press event for the 2016 Winter Classic. Sweeney did not deny reports of any possible deals for Franson when he was asked whether he was in talks with Franson and whether the deal was close to...
Via Fox Sports
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

What We Learned: Why are teams waiting on Cody Franson? (Puck Daddy)

The apparent sticking point in all these Cody Franson negotiations, which have stretched on impossibly long to this point, is that Franson would like a team to sign him for more than one year. Not that he's hard-lining that, but it's definitely a prefe...
Via Philly Sports Live
July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators sign Colin Wilson to four-year contract

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed forward Colin Wilson to a four-year contract worth $15.75 million. Under terms of the agreement announced Monday, Wilson receives $3.75 million in 2015-16 and $4 million each of the next three seasons. Wilson was a restricted free agent. The 25-year-old Wilson set career highs in goals (20) and points (42) and tied a personal...
Via AP on Fox
July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators sign defenseman Dougherty to entry-level contract

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Jack Dougherty to a three-year entry-level contract with the second-round pick in the 2014 draft expected to spend this season in the Western Hockey League. The Predators announced the deal Friday. Dougherty, 19, spent the last season in college at Wisconsin where the freshman had nine points overall, including...
Via AP on Fox
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators re-sign Craig Smith to 5 year deal

The Nashville Predators have locked up yet another key piece for the upcoming season by re-signing Craig Smith to a 5 year, $21.25 million contract. The deal came as both sides were preparing for arbitration. Craig Smith Last season, Smith finished second in scoring on the team with 23 goals while also adding 21 assists, good for 44 points (fifth most on the team). His strong play...
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Cody Franson To TSN: Bruins ‘One Of The Teams That We’re In Talks With’

Cody Franson hit the NHL’s free-agent market as one of the best defensemen available, but to the surprise of many, he’s still unsigned despite many teams still needing depth on the blue line. He said Tuesday in an interview with TSN 1040 in Vancouver that the Boston Bruins are among the teams he’s talking with. “There’s probably five or six teams right now that we’re...
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Central Division Offseason Roundup: Nashville Predators

  After our analysis of the St. Louis Blues yesterday, our 2015 Central Division Offseason Roundup series continues with the Nashville Predators. The Predators’ biggest move in the 2014 offseason was undoubtedly the firing of veteran head coach Barry Trotz, who was replaced by former Philadelphia Flyers coach Pete Laviolette. Laviolette led the Predators to second place in the...
Via BSN Denver
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators sign forward Craig Smith to five-year deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators have avoided arbitration with Craig Smith by signing the forward to a $21.25 million, five-year contract. General manager David Poile announced the deal with the restricted free agent on Monday. "Craig Smith is an integral part of our team's young core and we are pleased to have agreed on a long-term contract that both parties are comfortable...
Via AP on Fox
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators sign Craig Smith to 5-year, $21.25 million deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have avoided arbitration with Craig Smith by signing the forward to a $21.25 million, five-year contract. General manager David Poile announced the deal with the restricted free agent on Monday. Poile called Smith an integral part of the Predators' young core, and the general manager says they are pleased they were able to come to a...
Via AP on Fox
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #28 Paul Gaustad

He has anchored the 4th line since arriving at the trade deadline before the 2012 playoff run. Gaustad is a player that divides opinion throughout the Nashville media and fans. Detractors claim he’s an overpriced bottom six veteran that is taking a roster spot from a prospect with a higher ceiling. Those in favor of Gaustad point to his terrific faceoff percentage, his size, and...
Via The Predatorial
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Smith, Predators agree to 5-year, $21.25 million extension

The Nashville Predators took a big step toward solidifying their offense by signing center Craig Smith to a five-year, $21.25 million contract on Monday.The sides came to an agreement after a salary arbitration hearing on Monday, as first reported by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Smith will receive $3.75 million in the first year of the contract before picking up an additional ...
Via Fox Sports
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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