Predators Rumors & News

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • David Freeman files civil suit against the Preds, Tom Cigarran for $250 Million

    On The Forecheck "David Freeman, best known for being the guy at the table when the Preds avoided a move to Hamilton, is suing the Nashville Predators and chairman Tom Cigarran for $250 million. Cigarran took over as chairman from Freeman in 2009. From the Tennessean: A longstanding dispute between owners of..." June 24

  • Shea Weber Wins The Mark Messier Award

    On The Forecheck "No, it isn't the Norris Trophy, but it's a fantastic award for Shea Weber and the Nashville Predators. The Messier Award is given to the player "who exemplifies great leadership qualities to the team, on and off the ice, during the regular season" June 22

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • Predators Acquire Third-Round Selection from Buffalo "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has acquired Minnesota’s third-round selection, 76th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft, from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Jimmy Vesey. The Predators now have eight selections..." June 20

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Nashville Predators Sign Mazanec to a One-Year Contract "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed goaltender Marek Mazanec (MAIR-ehk muh-ZAN-ehk) to a one-year, two-way contract worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level for the 2016-17 season. Mazanec,..." June 13

  • Carter Hutton not happy with usage in Nashville

    Today's Slapshot "The 30-year-old Carter Hutton put up reasonably good numbers during his 2015-16 season with the Nashville Predators. Serving as backup to starter Pekka Rinne, Hutton put up a 7-5-3 record and a .918 save percentage in all situations, appearing in 17 games during the season. Behind a..." June 13

  • Predators hope to move Eric Nystrom

    Today's Slapshot "Nashville Predators general manager Dave Poile has admitted the club is trying to move forward Eric Nystrom, but concedes a buy out is possible if no trade partner can be found. Speaking at a press conference in Nashville on Monday, Poile essentially confirmed what many had already suspected –..." June 13

  • Predators, Filip Forsberg working on contract extension

    Tennessean "The Predators' main priority this offseason is re-signing forward and leading scorer Filip Forsberg, whose entry-level contract is expiring after three years. Forsberg wants to return to Nashville, and as a pending restricted free agent, there's no true threat of him leaving. It's a matter of..." June 10

  • Emergence of young players has Predators excited

    Tennessean "In detailing the short- and long-term landscape of the Predators organization at the end of the season, general manager David Poile trumpeted the promising growth of the next generation. As an example, five rookies played for the Predators in the playoffs, tied with the Panthers for the most..." June 09

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • Preds trying to trade Nystrom, rather than buy him out

    Pro Hockey Talk "The window for NHL clubs to buy out players could open soon, which is why a number of teams are currently in the thick of making tough decisions. Like Nashville with Eric Nystrom, for example — the Preds have already indicated they’re going to part ways with the veteran forward. So now it’s..." June 08

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • Predators re-sign Bass, Hutton wonders if he’s on his way out

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators signed fighter Cody Bass to a two-year, two-way contract on Wednesday. There’s no mistaking Bass’ role with the Predators. He fought three times in the NHL and 14 times in the AHL in 2015-16 (according to Hockey Fights). With a two-way contract, Nashville could..." June 01

  • Predators Sign Gunnarsson to an Entry-Level Contract "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Wednesday that the club has signed free-agent goaltender Jonas Gunnarsson to a one-year entry-level contract. Gunnarsson, 24 (3/31/92), has spent the past two seasons with the Malmo Redhawks of the Swedish..." June 01

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Pekka Rinne encouraged by strong finish to season

    Tennessean "The final image of Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne's season was of him angrily cracking his stick against the post, hurling the broken remains into the corner as he stormed off the ice. Rinne's aggravation in that particular moment stemmed from the Predators' blowout Game 7 loss to the Sharks..." May 27

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Predators Contract Tracker gives fans what they want

    Sportsnet "A memo to the other 29 NHL teams: Follow the Nashville Predators‘ lead. In a salary cap world where so many teams refuse to reveal player salaries, and a few even keep term tight to the vest (dragging out the eye-roll-inducing “multi-year contract” phrase), the Predators have moved to the..." May 20

  • Predators working on Filip Forsberg contract extension

    The Score "Nashville Predators general manager David Poile updated the statuses of several pending free agents during his team's end-of-season press conference Wednesday, revealing that negotiations have begun on a contract extension for star forward Filip Forsberg. "The goal and intention is there on..." May 18

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Dan Lambert named new coach in Rochester, Randy Cunneyworth reassigned

    Die By The Blade "After a disappointing season for the Rochester Americans, the Buffalo Sabres have announced some changes down on the farm for next season. Dan Lambert has been named the new coach of the Amerks, while former head coach Randy Cunneyworth has been reassigned to a position in the team's department..." May 16

  • Predators Sign 2014 Third-Rounder Kirkland "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed 2014 third round selection Justin Kirkland to a three-year, entry-level contract. Kirkland, 19 (8/2/96), amassed 67 points (31g-36a) in 69 games with the Western Hockey..." May 16

  • Predators' Forsberg, Josi battled playoff injuries

    The Score "Playing injured in the Stanley Cup Playoffs isn't uncommon, just ask a pair of Nashville Predators stars. Regular-season leading scorer Filip Forsberg told reporters Saturday he suffered a back injury, and still isn't 100 percent healthy, while top-pairing defenseman Roman Josi played through a..." May 14

  • Predators' Ellis, Ekholm heading to worlds, but Weber unlikely

    The Score "A pair of Nashville Predators defensemen are bound for the World Championship. Ryan Ellis has been added to Canada's roster, the nation's governing body for hockey confirmed following a 5-0 win over Slovakia on Saturday. Mattias Ekholm told reporters Saturday that he will join Sweden at the..." May 14

  • NHL prospect Jimmy Vesey has practiced patience

    Boston Globe "As a father and former NHL player, Jim Vesey has difficulty practicing patience when it comes to anticipating his son’s professional career. But as a father and former NHL player, Vesey understands a dream deferred has allowed his son to assume a powerful position. On May 26, Jimmy Vesey..." May 14

  • Sharks advance after dominating Predators in Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks ran the Nashville Predators out of the building on Thursday night, and right out of the playoffs as well. With goals from five different skaters -- all the big names, no less -- San Jose capped a second-round playoff victory with a 5-0 Game 7 thumping..." May 13

  • Predators' Rinne: 'This felt like our year'

    The Score "For Pekka Rinne, Thursday's Game 7 loss at the hands of the San Jose Sharks left heavy thoughts of what could have been. The 33-year-old saw his Nashville Predators reach the second round for the first time since 2011-12, but for Rinne it wasn't far enough." May 13

  • Predators earn another OT win, force Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Play, rest, play. Over and over, times 13. Worked harder than any NHL playoff team with 13 games in 25 days, plus four flights to California, the Nashville Predators earned something very valuable with their third elimination-game victory of the postseason Monday night:..." May 10

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Sharks move into series lead with 5-1 win

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks recovered fast from Thursday's triple-overtime loss for a decisive 5-1 win on Saturday night at SAP Center. The question now is can the Nashville Predators recover from the Game 5 disaster in time to save their season on Monday back at home? "It..." May 08

  • Predators outlast Sharks to tie series

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- How did Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher maintain the energy to play 37 minutes and 33 seconds of playoff hockey through Thursday night and early Friday morning? "Bananas, electrolytes and grapes," Fisher said. Vitamin C and liquid refreshment, teamed with a..." May 06

  • Ribeiro likely scratched, again, as Preds look to even series with Sharks

    Pro Hockey Talk "If it ain’t broke… We’ll spare you the rest, but the cliche does appear to be appropriate for the Predators — after getting their first series win against the Sharks with Mike Ribeiro healthy scratched two nights ago, the Preds look as though they’ll keep Ribeiro in the press box for tonight’s..." May 05

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Marcus Mariota: 'You've got to be a Predators fan'

    Tennessean "Marcus Mariota pulled the familiar “8” over his head, but the jersey was an unfamiliar color. Gold. The Tennessee Titans star quarterback stepped on the ice Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena and waved a rally towel to help hype the crowd before the Nashville Predators defeated the San Jose..." May 05

  • Predators pull out victory over Sharks

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Some might have assumed the Nashville Predators would wear an extra layer of pressure under their gold uniforms with a 2-0 series deficit staring them in the face prior to Game 3 Tuesday night. According to captain Shea Weber, those people assumed incorrectly. "We..." May 04

  • Pavelski sparks Sharks, who take 2-0 series lead on Predators

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks didn't win any style points Sunday night, but they won a playoff game they probably deserved to lose. Joe Pavelski's first goal of the series and sixth of the playoffs sparked San Jose to a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators. Joe Thornton's empty-net..." May 02

  • Predators recall Mazanec, raising questions about Rinne

    The Score "The Nashville Predators summoned goaltender Marek Mazanec from the AHL on Saturday night, leading to speculation about the health of starter Pekka Rinne. Rinne appeared to be in discomfort after allowing San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward to score the go-ahead goal with about eight minutes..." May 01

  • Sharks open series with win over Predators

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sharks' patience and resolve were rewarded at about the same time the Predators' road luck ran out. Held scoreless for 40 minutes, the hosts exploded for five goals in the third period as San Jose beat Nashville 5-2 to open a second-round playoff series at SAP Center..." April 30

  • Radulov is playing in the NHL next year, says Radulov

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to multiple reports (including this one from Sport Express), on-again, off-again NHLer Alexander Radulov has confirmed he’ll be playing in the NHL next season. Radulov, who turns 30 in July, will be making his second North American comeback. The first came in 2012, when he returned to..." April 29

  • Predators send Ducks packing in Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After winning Game 6 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series Monday night, the Nashville Predators saw a message in their locker room: "Noon flight to Anaheim. Pack for six days." Colin Wilson, Paul Gaustad and Pekka Rinne ensured those instructions would..." April 28

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