Predators Rumors & News

  • Canadiens’ Shea Weber hoping he can play against Predators

    Sportsnet "Shea Weber wouldn’t have drawn it up this way, but a nagging lower-body injury might keep him out of the Montreal Canadiens lineup against his former team in Nashville Wednesday. That would be a shame for Weber, for the Canadiens, and certainly for the fans of the Predators who were likely..." November 22

  • Canadiens' Weber out for clash with Predators

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber will not play in the team’s game against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday due to a lower-body injury. The former Predators captain currently logs over 26 minutes of ice time per game for the Canadiens and is second on the team in scoring with four..." November 22

  • Predators' Watson faces hearing for boarding Avalanche's Toninato

    Sportsnet "If anything for Dominic Toninato, it was a memorable NHL debut. The Colorado Avalanche rookie suited up for his first-ever NHL game Saturday night and was promptly taken out of the game after just 4:01 of ice time. Midway through the first period of Saturday’s Avalanche-Nashville Predators..." November 19

  • Brent Burns and Ryan Johansen are still searching for their first goals

    Pro Hockey Talk "Over the past two seasons Brent Burns held a commanding lead over every other defenseman in the league when it came to scoring goals. His 56 goals during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons were 19 more than the next closest defenseman, Shea Weber, during that stretch. The gap between him and..." November 15

  • Best NHL trade targets with Duchene off the market

    Pro Hockey Talk "Fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, and other teams must feel a little left out after this weekend. While those GMs either were afraid to pay the sticker price or weren’t in the conversation, the bottom line is that the Ottawa Senators got Matt Duchene,..." November 07

  • Duchene traded to Senators by Avalanche "Center Matt Duchene was traded by the Colorado Avalanche to the Ottawa Senators on Sunday as part of a three-team trade that also sent center Kyle Turris from the Senators to the Nashville Predators. Duchene dressed for Colorado's game at the New York Islanders and played 1:59 in the first..." November 06

  • Contract impasse paves way for Kyle Turris to join Predators

    Sporting News "For Kyle Turris, it was a pretty simple decision to come to terms on a contract extension with the Nashville Predators as a prerequisite to the Preds acquiring the veteran center as part of a three-team trade that included Matt Duchene Sunday night. "I was very apparent that things were not..." November 06

  • Predators still waiting to see what they have in Nick Bonino

    Tennessean "Nick Bonino looped around the SAP Center ice surface Wednesday, his first practice or morning skate with his Predators teammates since suffering a lower-body injury Oct. 14. The Predators’ viewings of the veteran center, who signed a four-year contract worth $16.4 million July 1, mostly have..." November 02

  • Pekka Rinne deserves your appreciation

    Pro Hockey Talk "If you spend enough time on Hockey Twitter, you’ll notice that some goalies get extra rope, while others seem to receive less benefit of the doubt. Sometimes the difference between mainstream opinions and more analytics-minded takes can be profound. Jonathan Quick‘s spotty numbers and..." October 28

  • The Predators are the best franchise in sports

    ESPN "Root for the Nashville Predators and you get the feeling of trashing your archrival's car. That's no metaphor. Before every home playoff game in Nashville, a local artist named Audie Adams paints a vehicle in the colors and logo of the Preds' opponent, and for a small donation to the club's..." October 24

  • A solution to the NHL’s advanced stats problem

    New York Post "During a recent casual conversation with someone who has been intimately involved in the NHL for decades, he jokingly said this: “You ever think that all of these off-ice officials are actually the same people in every arena?” It was a funny take on this gaggle of people in each city who keep..." October 20

  • Report: NHL might scrap All-Star Game in favor of international event

    CBS Sports "The NHL All-Star Game has been somewhat of a shapeshifting beast over the years. A lot about the annual midseason event has changed, from the game's format to the way teams are picked and how players are voted in. But soon the league's All-Star Game may cease to exist altogether. According to a..." October 17

  • NHL Board of Governors discuss place of anthems before games

    Sportsnet "“It” wasn’t supposed to even be on the agenda at Wednesday’s NHL Board of Governors meeting. This was supposed to be a regular, run-of-the-mill meeting in New York City to rubber stamp a rule change, and get regular updates from various league departments. “It” was a discussion about..." September 29

  • Olympic roster decisions starting to take shape

    Sportsnet "As the parent of a five-year-old, my interest in minor hockey has grown exponentially the last few years. He’s a decent skater, but isn’t sure he wants to play. Despite that, you’re trying to learn everything you can. Toronto is a funny place for minor hockey. A friend of mine who used to coach..." September 28

  • NHLPA issues statement in support of players’ peaceful protests

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association officially joined the political conversation on Wednesday. In an email sent to players by executive director Donald Fehr, the NHLPA stated that any players who would like to participate in peaceful protests of their own “would of course have the full support of the..." September 28

  • P.K. Subban, Predators won’t protest during national anthem

    Tennessean "As pregame protests swell in other professional sports, the Predators will continue to stand during the national anthem, coach Peter Laviolette said. “We met as a group (Tuesday), and our decision is we’re going to stand for the national anthem out of respect for the anthem, for our country,..." September 28

  • Huge step? Doctors may find a way to identify CTE in living NHL players

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper and TSN’s Rick Westhead pass along what could be a breakthrough Boston University study – or at least the early stages of a breakthrough – in how concussions/CTE are handled in sports. The key: after only being able to study brains of deceased athletes, there’s a..." September 27

  • A new No. 1: McDavid edges Crosby in TSN's Top 50 player poll

    TSN "Not even back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies were enough for Sidney Crosby to hold off Connor McDavid for one more year. For the first time in the eight-year history of TSN’s Top 50 player poll, Crosby was knocked off his perch as the projected No. 1 player in the NHL, as decided by a panel of 22..." September 26

  • NHL’s Bettman says he respects players’ views on political issues

    Sportsnet "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman says he respects players’ views on political and social issues and "people are going to have to decide what makes them comfortable." Several pro hockey players have commented President Donald Trump’s call for protesting NFL players to be fired...." September 26

  • IIHF release Olympic hockey schedule

    TSN "Canada opens defence of its Olympic men's hockey gold Feb. 15 versus Switzerland and women's gold Feb. 11 against Russia. The International Ice Hockey Federation released the ice hockey schedules and matchups Monday for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada's women, who are..." September 25

  • Josi named captain of Predators "Defenseman Roman Josi was named the eighth captain in Nashville Predators history Tuesday. Josi, 27, has played all six of his NHL seasons for the Predators and has finished in the top 15 in Norris Trophy voting as best defenseman in the League each of the past three seasons. He replaces..." September 19

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Veteran NHLer Fiddler retires at 37

    TSN "Vernon Fiddler has decided to hang up his skates after 14 seasons in the NHL. Fiddler made his announcement on the Players' Tribune Wednesday, three months after falling in the Stanley Cup Final with the Nashville Predators. He was acquired by the Predators from the New Jersey Devils in..." September 13

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • Ryan Ellis Expected to Miss Next Several Months "Predators General Manager David Poile announced Thursday that defenseman Ryan Ellis is expected to miss several months due to recovery from offseason surgery to repair a lower-body ailment. Poile is hopeful Ellis will be able to return around the start of the new year. " September 07

  • ‘Nobody hears from him’ — Ribeiro to retire following relapse, says agent

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mike Ribeiro’s hockey career “is at an end” after he suffered a relapse, his agent and longtime friend Bob Perno has told Montreal media outlets. The concern, however, shouldn’t be with his playing career but with his own personal health and well-being. In revealing interviews with La Presse..." August 31

  • Florida Panthers Announce PTO for Forward Harry Zolnierczk "Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has signed forward Harry Zolnierczyk to a professional tryout. Zolnierczyk, 29, appeared in 24 regular season games with the Nashville Predators during the 2016-17 season, recording four..." August 31

  • Predators first-rounder Tolvanen becomes youngest to score hat trick in KHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "Talk about making a great first impression. Nashville Predators prospect Eeli Tolvanen became the youngest KHL player to score a hat trick while adding an assist in his debut for Jokerit against Dinamo Minsk. Tolvanen turned 18 in April. It’s ludicrously early, but with a night like this,..." August 24

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22

  • Predators' Mazanec signs 1-year KHL deal

    TSN "Nashville Predators goaltender Marek Mazanec has signed with HC Slovan Bratislava of the KHL less than a month after reaching a one-year extension with the Predators. According to a release by the KHL club, Mazanec and the Predators mutually agreed to void the one-year, two-way contract signed..." August 14

  • Could Scott Hartnell see an increased role in Nashville?

    Pro Hockey Talk "It won’t be long now until Scott Hartnell gets back on the ice with the team he started his NHL career with. After being bought out in Columbus, Hartnell signed for one year in Nashville. For a tidy $1 million, too. It’s a nice deal for a proven player that still may have something to add to a..." August 10

  • Despite impressive young core, Predators need Rinne to step up again next season

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pekka Rinne wasn’t unbeatable in the first round of the 2017 playoffs. But by the time Nashville completed its sweep of the Blackhawks, his opponents from Chicago may have felt that way. He gave up only three goals in four games versus Chicago, and while he didn’t maintain that torrid..." August 10

  • Mike Fisher Announces Retirement in Heartfelt Letter to Fans "Smashville, I can still picture it vividly. That afternoon on TV, I'd seen a drone shot of Broadway and the area surrounding Bridgestone Arena that showed all the people gathered for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. I gasped. How was there that many people there? And all to support us? It..." August 03

  • Acquiring Johansen was a ‘turning point’ for Predators

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators secured Ryan Johansen to a long-term deal Friday. But it was in January of 2016 that the franchise made a drastic change by parting ways with a talented defensive prospect to acquire a young, elite center. Originally selected fourth overall by Nashville in 2013, Seth..." July 29

  • Predators sign Ryan Johansen to new contract

    Tennessean "When the Nashville Predators traded for Ryan Johansen in January 2016, they did so with the confidence that he could become the top center that Stanley Cup-challenging teams build around. Their faith justified, the Predators agreed to terms with Johansen on a new contract Friday, he told The..." July 28

  • Subban ‘can’t really envision’ Habs without Markov

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Montreal Canadiens’ defense looks a lot different than it did two years ago. For the second offseason in a row, the Canadiens have walked away from a seemingly important puck-moving defenseman. Last summer, they traded P.K. Subban to Nashville for Shea Weber, and yesterday they announced..." July 28

  • Predators To Carry Eight Defenseman In 2017-18

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When the Nashville Predators acquired former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin at the NHL Draft from the Vegas Golden Knights, who had just selected him in the Expansion Draft days earlier, it was clear that the team would have a logjam on the blue line entering 2017-18. The roster..." July 26

  • Preds expect answer from Fisher next week

    Pro Hockey Talk "We should find out next week if Mike Fisher is going to retire or keep playing for the Predators. Fisher, Nashville’s 37-year-old captain, is an unrestricted free agent. He confirmed last month that he was considering retirement. But first, he needed some time to think. Yesterday, Preds GM..." July 25

  • Preds Sign Austin Watson to Three-Year Contract

    Pro Hockey Talk "Another narrowly avoided arbitration to pass along. The Nashville Predators have signed forward Austin Watson to a three-year, $3.3 million contract that will pay him $1 million next season, $1.1 million in 2018-19 and $1.2 million in 2019-20. Watson’s hearing was scheduled for today." July 24

  • Preds Sign Viktor Arvidsson to Seven-Year, $29.75 Million Contract

    Sporting News "In a surprise move, the Nashville Predators have signed forward Viktor Arvidsson to a seven-year, $29.75 million contract, the team announced Saturday. The 24-year-old Arvidsson is coming off a breakout season in which he tied for the team lead with 61 points (including 31 goals) in the regular..." July 23

  • Preds GM Poile still has work to do, with Johansen in need of a deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "David Poile got some work done Saturday. The Nashville Predators re-signed Viktor Arvidsson on the day the two sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled. The new deal? Seven years at a total of $29.75 million — an annual average value of $4.25 million for a player that just scored 31 goals..." July 23

  • Predators’ Watson asking for $1.4 million in arbitration

    Pro Hockey Talk "It could be a busy couple of days for the Nashville Predators with two arbitration hearings scheduled through Monday. The first of those two was scheduled for Saturday with restricted free agent forward Viktor Arvidsson, while Austin Watson is scheduled to have his on Monday if no deal is..." July 23

  • Predators Name Dan Muse Assistant Coach "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that Dan Muse has been named assistant coach of the team. In addition, Kevin McCarthy has been promoted to the title of associate head coach. Muse will work closely with Predators forwards and run the..." July 21

  • Predators, Arvidsson far apart in contract talks

    Fanrag Sports "The Nashville Predators and forward Viktor Arvidsson are set to begin their arbitration hearing, pending the absence of a deal before then, on July 22nd. Now that the talks are so close, the team and Arvidsson have released their numbers heading into negotiations – and unsurprisingly, things..." July 20

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Predators Re-Sign Pontus Aberg to Two-Year Contract

    Hockey Fights "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has signed forward Pontus Aberg to a two-year, $1.3 million contract. The deal will see Aberg make $650,000 in both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. Aberg, 23 (9/23/93), made his NHL..." July 18

  • Frederick Gaudreau Signs Three-Year Deal With Nashville Predators

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After showing he can contribute in the playoffs for the Nashville Predators, Frederick Gaudreau has received some certainty in his hockey future. The 24-year old signed a three-year contract worth $650K the first two seasons, and $700K in 2019-20. The first two seasons are also two-way, meaning..." July 17

  • Top three best and most likely landing spots in Matt Duchene trade market

    CBS Sports "The trade market for Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, once considered a near-lock to be moved either during this past season season or in advance of this summer's free agency, has been rather quiet. But it isn't quite dead yet, if reports from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and ongoing..." July 16