Predators Rumors & News

  • Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger lead 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class "The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the 2015 class of inductees and is it ever a good one. Former NHL defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were all elected this year, as was forward Sergei Fedorov. Angela Ruggiero, a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic Team and one of..." June 29

  • Predators stock up on centers

    Tennessean "The frenzied anticipation that accompanied Friday's first round of the NHL draft was missing from Saturday's more businesslike proceedings as teams plowed through the final six rounds. The Predators, who were completely inactive Friday, made seven selections Saturday, starting with Russian..." June 28

  • Preds' Clune clears waivers, buyout coming

    Pro Hockey Talk "Predators forward Rich Clune cleared unconditional waivers on Sunday and will likely be bought out by Nashville. Clune has one year remaining on his two-year, $1.7 million deal with a cap hit of $850,000. According to, the buyout will cost the Preds $283,333 in each of the..." June 28

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    Thomas Willis @TomAWillis

    Per @brooksbratten, GM Poile says #Preds are fielding a few trade offers for Stalberg and will likely buyout Clune.

  • Predators have mined gems later in draft

    Tennessean "For the third time in five years, the Predators did not have a first-round pick in the NHL draft. When the remaining six rounds begin Saturday morning, they will have seven opportunities to select prospects that could eventually make an impact at the NHL level. The likelihood of that..." June 27

  • Mike Ribeiro rejects Predators’ offer "Mike Ribeiro has rejected a contract extension offer from the Nashville Predators, reports Adam Vingan of The Tennessean Friday. While general manager David Poile locked up his other priority forward, Mike Fisher, on draft day, Ribeiro wishes to gauge his value elsewhere. The forward’s..." June 26

  • Predators Sign Mike Fisher to a Two-Year Contract "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the club has signed forward Mike Fisher to a two-year, $8.8 million contract that will pay him $4.8 million in 2015-16 and $4 million in 2016-17. “Mike Fisher is a player and person anyone would..." June 26

  • NHL announces 2014-15 All-Rookie Team "The National Hockey League today announced the 2014-15 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames and Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators and defenseman Aaron Ekblad of..." June 25

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Stalberg and Clune (NASH) on waivers today. Those are not buyout waivers, but regular ones.

  • NHL to announce opening of formal expansion process "The NHL is expected to announce that the league's board of governors has approved the opening of a formal expansion process, barring something unforeseen, according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. This does not necessarily mean the league will expand, but this will allow the league to gauge..." June 24

  • Report: 3-on-3 overtime coming to NHL, pending board approval "It appears the NHL will have a new overtime format for the 2015-16 regular season. That should be music to the ears of anyone that despises the shootout. The NHL GMs and NHLPA agreed Monday to recommend a five-minute three-on-three overtime period for regular season games not decided in..." June 24

  • 10 NHL players who could be traded

    CBC Sports "The NHL's free-agent signing period opens on Canada Day, but the wheeling and dealing could begin much earlier for teams willing to go the trade route to upgrade their rosters. Get the scoop on 10 players considered to be on the block in this interactive graphic from The Canadian Press:" June 23

  • How should Nashville address its needs at center?

    Fox Sports Tennessee "Much can be said about what Nashville plans to do next season to bolster what it has down the middle. The two Mike's, Fisher and Ribeiro, are both actively working alongside their respective agents and general manager David Poile to potentially resume their role with the Predators. Paul Gaustad..." June 23

  • NHL sets 2015-16 salary cap at $71.4 million "The NHL salary cap will see a nearly two-and-a-half million dollar increase for the 2015-16 season. The league and the NHLPA announced on Tuesday afternoon that the salary cap for next season has been set at $71.4 million, with a salary floor of $52.8 million. The cap this past season was..." June 23

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Couple notes: don't expect anything today, but NASH and Mike Fisher sound like they are making progress on an expected extension...

  • New court document explains detail of alleged Mike Ribeiro sexual assault

    On The Forecheck "(Please see below for updated statements from Ribeiro's attorney, as well as the Predators) Court documents filed Thursday in the sexual assault case against Mike Ribeiro introduce vivid detail about the crimes the Nashville Predators center is accused of committing against his former..." June 20

  • Predators won't enter NHL Draft until 55th pick

    Tennessean "The NHL on Thursday released the full order of selection for this year's draft, which begins June 26 in Sunrise, Fla. The Predators have seven picks, beginning with No. 55 in the second round. Nashville does not have a first-round pick, having traded it to the Maple Leafs on Feb. 15 as part of..." June 19

  • Rumblings: Preds, Fisher hammering out new deal "It is mildly surprising that by now there still hasn’t been a contract extension completed between pending UFA center Mike Fisher and the Nashville Predators. "We’ve talked, and we talked as recently as Monday of this week, and we continue to have a very healthy dialogue," Fisher’s agent, Todd..." June 19

  • 5 possible trade destinations for Patrick Sharp

    The Score "It's been less than a week since the Chicago Blackhawks took over the headlines by winning their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. Forward Patrick Sharp's name was front and center after the win, with storylines including a helicopter spying on the Cup trophy in his home and his adorable..." June 18

  • Preds sign Saros, Rinne’s backup at Worlds

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators announced that they have signed goaltender Juuse Saros to a three-year, entry-level contract. Saros, 20, was taken with the 99th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He’s coming off of a strong season in the Finnish league where he posted a 2.14 GAA and .929 save..." June 17

  • Predators' Seth Jones ready to move out on his own

    Tennessean "It started as a running joke between mother and son. Amy Jones sensed the hype surrounding her middle child, Seth, who was being widely regarded as a future No. 1 pick at a time when most kids are just trying to get through high school. Knowing that her son would likely become a full-time..." June 17

  • Cullen unlikely to return to Predators

    Tennessean "Veteran forward Matt Cullen would like to extend his NHL career into an 18th season, but it won't happen with the Predators, according to his agent. "Matt wants to play next season," Pat Morris said in an email Wednesday. "Nashville has too many forwards so it is highly likely not to be..." June 10

  • Mike Fisher, Predators make progress in contract talks

    Tennessean "As the July 1 opening of the NHL's free-agency period approaches, contract talks between forward Mike Fisher and the Predators are "progressing well," according to agent Todd Reynolds. "We're making progress," Reynolds said Friday during a phone interview. "Everyone wants the same thing, and..." June 07

  • Agent: Re-signing with Predators priority for Ribeiro

    Tennessean "Signing veteran forward Mike Ribeiro last summer turned out to be a shrewd investment for Predators general manager David Poile. Playing on a one-year contract worth $1.05 million after being bought out by the Coyotes, Ribeiro shined as Nashville's first-line center, finishing the season as the..." June 03

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    Adam Vingan @AdamVingan

    Just spoke to Mike Ribeiro's agent, Don Meehan. Priority is make something work in NSH, but "we would want something longer than one year."

  • Predators want veteran centers Ribeiro, Fisher back "Nashville Predators general manager David Poile said Saturday that two of his top offseason priorities are to re-sign centers Mike Ribeiro and Mike Fisher. However, two other future free agents, defenseman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli, will not be coming back. Each of the four..." June 02

  • Weber makes progress in recovery from dislocated kneecap

    Tennessean "Six weeks after a dislocated kneecap forced him to miss the Predators' final four playoff games, defenseman Shea Weber's recovery is progressing as planned. "Knee's feeling good," Weber said during a phone interview from British Columbia on Wednesday. "Just taking it day by day and following..." June 02

  • Predators want veteran centers Ribeiro, Fisher back "Nashville Predators general manager David Poile said Saturday that two of his top offseason priorities are to re-sign centers Mike Ribeiro and Mike Fisher. However two other future free agents, defenseman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli, will not be coming back. All four can become..." May 31

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    Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten

    Poile says #Preds are "talking to everybody" as far as restricted free agents are concerned, Wilson, Smith, etc.

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    Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten

    Poile says the #Preds "probably not going to do anything" as far as signing Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli.

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    Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten

    Poile says Kevin Fiala told him "I'm going to be playing for the Nashville Predators next season." #Preds

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    Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten

    Poile says the #Preds haven't decided if they will re-sign Anton Volchenkov yet. Says the team could go in a different direction.

  • Phil Housley could be Devil's next head coach

    Newark Star-Ledger "Phil Housley, who played 22 games for the Devils late in the 1995-96 season, is at the top of general manager Ray Shero's short list to become the club's next head coach. Shero has done an extensive search to find the right coach for the Devils, considering Guy Boucher of SC Bern in..." May 30

  • Preds, Volchenkov have discussed new deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sounds as though the door may be open for Anton Volchenkov‘s return to Nashville. Volchenkov’s agent, Jay Grossman, told PHT on Monday he’s had discussions with the Predators about re-signing the pending UFA for a second season in the Music City, but added there’s “nothing further to..." May 26

  • Slava Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from playing in NHL "Slava Fetisov, a former NHL defenseman that is now a senator in Russia, has called for the country to place a ban on young Russian players from playing in the NHL, restrictions that used to be in place until the late 1980s when Fetisov himself was one of the first players from the country to make..." May 23

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    Individual Awards: Best GK: Pekka Rinne (FIN) Best D-man: @Burnzie88 (CAN) Best Forward: Jason Spezza (CAN)

  • Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15

  • Mike Fisher grateful for Eugene Melnyk, trade to Nashville

    Yahoo! Sports "During the 2010-11 season there was one logical destination for former Senators center Mike Fisher. The veteran Ottawa forward was one of the team’s most tradeable assets during a rebuild year. He knew it. The Senators knew it. There were a group of suitors for Fisher, but only one place really..." May 15

  • Predators veteran Matt Cullen faces decision on career

    Tennessean "Before the Predators scattered for the summer, veteran forward Matt Cullen appeared before the media looking very fresh for someone who had just completed his 17th NHL season. "I felt great down the stretch and in the playoffs," said Cullen, the Predators' oldest player at 38. "I'm lucky that..." May 14

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    Thomas Willis @TomAWillis

    #Preds goalies Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros have a shutout streak of 231:56, topping the record of 209:02 set in 1957.

  • Predators have plenty of free agent options to run through before July

    Fox Sports Tennessee "Although the sting of dropping a first-round series to Chicago remains fresh, the offseason has already ramped up for Nashville's front office. Rightfully it should. With the multitude of roster spots freeing up for the Predators, management has plenty of tough decisions to address over the..." May 08

  • Preds re-sign goalie Mazanec: one year, $575K

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators have brought back one of their young goaltending prospects, re-signing Marek Mazanec to a one-year, two-way deal worth $575,000 at the NHL level. Mazanec, 23, made his big-league debut during the 2013-14 season in the wake of Pekka Rinne‘s hip injury, getting significant..." May 07

  • Can new NHL salary site be the next CapGeek? "Since CapGeek went offline in January, analysts, agents, media types and, yes, fans have been craving a suitable replacement source for NHL salary information. While a few websites such as offer up player salary and cap management statistics, no site has been able to focus solely..." May 07

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Adams Finalists: Hartley, Laviolette, Vigneault. This one is handled by the NHL broadcasters' association.

  • Predators 'would love' to keep Mike Fisher

    Tennessean "Over the next several weeks, Predators general manager David Poile will tackle his list of pending restricted and unrestricted free agents, which includes 11 members of the team's active roster. In the case of forward Mike Fisher, Poile left little doubt that re-signing him is a..." May 06

  • Hartley, Laviolette, Vigneault named finalists for Jack Adams Award

    The Score "Head coaches Bob Hartley of the Calgary Flames, Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators and Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers were announced as finalists for the Jack Adams Award on Wednesday. The award is given annually to the NHL coach that most contributed to his team's..." May 06

  • Judge orders Bettman to testify on concussions lawsuit "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been ordered by a U.S. federal court judge to offer testimony in the concussions lawsuit filed by 60 former players against the league. TSN has learned that late Tuesday, a judge ordered Bettman to testify in July on matters related to the high-stakes..." May 06

  • Predators' future considerably bright, despite early playoff exit

    Fox Sports Tennessee "The Nashville Predators' most promising season in a decade had an unsatisfactory finish, but it was definitely one that can propel the Music City into a new era of hockey. The Game 6 loss to Chicago -- Nashville's third one-goal defeat of the first-round series -- was a devastating blow to a..." April 28

  • Poile: Preds hoped Franson trade ‘would work out better’

    Pro Hockey Talk "GM David Poile met with reporters today in the wake of Nashville’s first-round playoff elimination to Chicago and, in doing so, admitted his big trade deadline move — acquiring Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli from Toronto — simply didn’t work out. Franson, a pending UFA, was a major..." April 28

  • Fisher, Ribeiro express desire to remain with Preds

    Pro Hockey Talk "With as many as 12 contracts expiring in July, Nashville Predators GM David Poile has a number of decisions to make this summer. Among those set to become unrestricted free agents are forwards Mike Fisher and Mike Ribeiro. According to reports in February, contract talks with both players..." April 28