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Pekka Rinne Contracts Sent Tremors Through NHL

Is Pekka Rinne a $7 million-per-year goaltender?Predators GM David Poile believes so. He gave his netminder a landmark deal, officially labeling him the cornerstone of the franchise. Nashville is a budget operation, so Rinne’s contract could lead to the exit of Ryan Suter and/or Shea Weber to free agency.Then again, Rinne appears to be an elite goalie. Let’s see what the experts...
Via The Hockey Guy
November 05, 2011  |  Discuss

Predators Can't Pull Out Of Tailspin

Nashville is getting into deep trouble in the hyper-competitive Western Conference. The Predators have won just two of seven games since Nov. 17. Goaltender Pekka Rinne struggled during that span, allowing back-up Anders Lindback to gain more playing time. But Lindback sprung a leak as the Preds fell to Buffalo 3-2 on their home ice. “Really, we made probably six mistakes, and...
Via The Hockey Guy
December 04, 2011  |  Discuss

Will the Russians revolt in Nashville?

Capital general manager David Poile will have to use his diplomatic skills to smooth over relations with his Russian contingent.Restricted free agent Alexander Radulov and unrestricted free agent Andre Kostitsyn sat for two games of the ill-fated Coyotes series after missing a team curfew. Restricted free agent Sergei Kostitsyn made curfew but wasn’t happy with how coach Barry...
Via The Hockey Guy
May 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators promote Roman Josi into key role

Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi stayed busy during the NHL lockout, scoring 17 points in 26 games for Bern in the Swiss Elite League.That helped prepare him for his biggest career challenge: Replacing the departed Ryan Suter as Shea Weber’s defensive partner.Josi, 22, has demonstrated strong puck-moving skills while scoring 16 points in his 52 NHL games. He offers more...
Via The Hockey Guy
January 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Depleted Nashville Predators falling from race

The Nashville Predators play 12 of their last 18 games at home. Theoretically, they have a chance to claw back into the playoff hunt.But they need to reverse their form quickly. The Predators struggled through a 1-4 road trip while allowing 20 goals. Injuries wiped out forwards Patric Hornqvist, Paul Gaustad, Colin Wilson as well as defensemen Hal Gill and Scott Hannan. Some youthful...
Via The Hockey Guy
March 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators bank on young forwards

The Nashville Predators added some decent mid-level scoring with Matt Cullen and Viktor Stalberg, players who should offset the trading of Martin Erat late last season. Their defense should be adept at moving the puck with Ryan Ellis learning from new assistant coach Phil Housley and elite prospects Seth Jones and Mattias Ekholm also in development.But there is plenty of work to...
Via The Hockey Guy
August 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Barry Trotz finally got the axe

Life in the NHL won’t be the same without Barry Trotz coaching the Nashville Predators. He has been at the helm since that franchise’s very first game.Against all odds he lasted 15 seasons, generally keeping Predators competitive despite the lack of high-end scorers. Over the years Nashville has landed elite goaltending (Pekka Rinne) and top defensemen (Shea Weber, Ryan Suter...
Via The Hockey Guy
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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