Predators Rumors & News

  • Bruins’ Donato, Predators’ Tolvanen can’t crack playoff lineups

    Pro Hockey Talk "Late in the regular season, two strong teams seemingly got better when the Boston Bruins lured Ryan Donato from Harvard while Eeli Tolvanen came over from the KHL to join the Nashville Predators. Fans of both teams waited with baited breath to see them join their squads, yet right now, it seems..." April 24

  • P.K. Subban may be Lindsey Vonn’s new athlete boyfriend

    New York Post "Lindsey Vonn has set her sights on a new athlete. Following her breakup with NFL coach Kenan Smith last fall, the Olympic skier is said to be dating Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, according to Terez Owens. The insider spilled Vonn, 33, “has been spending a bit of time in Nashville.” She even..." April 23

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Subban: MacKinnon deserves Hart Trophy, is a future Hall of Famer

    The Score "P.K. Subban had nothing but kind words for Nathan MacKinnon after their first-round playoff series ended Sunday night. The Nashville Predators defenseman gave a long answer lauding the Colorado Avalanche forward after the Predators' 5-0 victory that eliminated the Avalanche in Game 6. "You..." April 23

  • Jets' Little: 'We're getting ready for Nashville ... or whoever wins'

    The Score "Bryan Little wasn't going to spend too much time celebrating the first playoff series win in franchise history. The Winnipeg Jets center said it was definitely nice to get the series win over Minnesota, but they're looking forward to continuing the run, and apparently Little knows their next..." April 21

  • NHL Announces Norris Trophy Finalists For 2017-18

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After announcing the Vezina and Selke finalists over the last two days, the NHL continued their award nominations with the Norris Trophy for best defenseman. Drew Doughty, Victor Hedman and P.K. Subban are the three finalists for the 2017-18 season. As always, the Norris brings with it heated..." April 20

  • Predators' Ryan Hartman to face suspension for illegal check to head

    Tennessean "The NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday announced that Predators forward Ryan Hartman will receive a hearing for an illegal check to the head to Colorado Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg. " April 19

  • Hellebuyck, Rinne, Vasilevskiy named Vezina finalists

    The Score "Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets, Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been named finalists for the 2017-18 Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender, the league announced Tuesday. " April 17

  • P.K. Subban of Predators appears to throw blindside punch at Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon

    USA Today "Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban was called for holding late in the second period of Monday’s playoff game against the Colorado Avalanche. Apparently, both refs missed the blindside punch Subban appeared to throw that caught Avs forward Nathan MacKinnon up high. MacKinnon actually got..." April 17

  • Nashville Predators Sign Tyler Gaudet To One-Year Extension

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Nashville Predators have announced a contract extension for Tyler Gaudet, inking the minor league forward for another year. The deal will pay Gaudet $650K at the NHL level, while just $105K in the minor leagues. Despite being just 25, Gaudet was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent..." April 16

  • Watson's two-way game invaluable for Predators in playoffs "It's not a role that gets the most recognition, but Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has carved out a two-way game that has been invaluable to his teammates. After scoring a combined nine goals from 2012-17, Watson finished this regular season with 14 goals. He scored the first goal of..." April 13

  • Why the Johansen-for-Jones trade has become one of NHL’s best moves

    Pro Hockey Talk "When we think of great trades we almost always seem to look for the ones where somebody ended up getting ripped off. We frame it as a “great trade” for the team that ended up getting the better end of it. After all, it is just more fun to marvel at one team making out like bandits, completely..." April 13

  • Avalanche upset Johansen not suspended: ‘There’s got to be some consistency’

    Sportsnet "If the one-game suspension given to Drew Doughty after Game 1 of the LA-Vegas series was to set a precedent, then there were a few players who should’ve been under review for supplementary discipline after the second night of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tom Wilson escaped punishment for his check..." April 13

  • Bruins’ Donato, Predators’ Tolvanen begin playoffs as scratches

    Pro Hockey Talk "Hype won’t always protect you from being a healthy scratch. When it comes to some prominent late-season additions to potential Stanley Cup contenders, a spot in the lineup isn’t guaranteed. That’s something Ryan Donato is experiencing with the Boston Bruins, and the same can be said of prized..." April 12

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Predators clinch Presidents' Trophy with win over Capitals, Bruins' loss

    The Score "The Nashville Predators clinched their first Presidents' Trophy in franchise history after they beat the Washington Capitals, and the Boston Bruins lost in regulation to the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. " April 06

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Angry Predators fan sends catfish to NHL office

    ESPN "Nashville Predators fans are famous for tossing catfish on the ice to celebrate their team. One fan felt the fish were also a disgustingly memorable way to protest a controversial call against the Predators, shipping two of them to NHL headquarters in Toronto this week. Like many Nashville..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Predators Sign Goaltender Niclas Westerholm "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has signed goaltender Niclas Westerholm to a three-year, entry-level contract, which will begin in 2018-19. Westerholm, 20 (8/13/97), made his professional hockey debut this season..." April 03

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Predators' Filip Forsberg hitting stride in time for Stanley Cup playoffs

    Tennessean "When Filip Forsberg accelerates, good luck stopping him. His legs pumping like pistons down the left boards, Forsberg stormed toward Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy on Sunday. Defenseman Dan Girardi stood between them, burdened with the undesirable task of trying to slow Forsberg...." April 02

  • Predators prospect Eeli Tolvanen to debut vs. Sabres, replace Filip Forsberg on top line

    Tennessean "Nashville Predators top prospect Eeli Tolvanen will make his debut tonight against the Buffalo Sabres at Bridgestone Arena and replace Filip Forsberg on the team's top line. Tolvanen, 18, was the Predators' first-round draft pick last year. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract on..." March 31

  • Predators break precedent with fully-loaded contract for Tolvanen

    Sportsnet "he Predators really wanted Eeli Tolvanen in Nashville for a run at the Stanley Cup. They broke precedent in signing the 18-year-old Finnish winger to a fully-loaded entry-level contract on Thursday – making Tolvanen the first player ever selected outside the top two in the NHL draft to receive..." March 30

  • Predators sign top prospect Eeli Tolvanen to 3-year, entry-level contract

    Tennessean "The Predators signed heralded prospect Eeli Tolvanen to a three-year, entry-level contract Thursday. Tolvanen, who is expected to make his NHL debut this weekend, will receive the maximum allowable contract for entry-level players — $925,000 in total salary and up to $2.85 million in potential..." March 29

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Peter Laviolette explains ejection from Predators' loss to Minnesota Wild

    Tennessean "Incredulous over a late penalty assessed to forward Scott Hartnell, Predators coach Peter Laviolette received an ejection near the end of Nashville's 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Hartnell checked Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek below the Minnesota goal line in the third period,..." March 25

  • Predators prospect Eeli Tolvanen's KHL season ends, free to sign with Nashville

    Tennessean "Predators forward prospect Eeli Tolvanen's KHL season concluded Saturday, freeing him to sign with the team as is expected. Jokerit was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs after a Game 6 loss. Tolvanen's KHL contract includes a clause that allows him to opt out of the deal after one..." March 24

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Housley sees Predators as model for Sabres "Nine months after coming two wins shy of hoisting the Stanley Cup, Phil Housley once again will be behind the bench for a Nashville Predators game. Only this time, he'll be trying to beat them. Having served as a Predators assistant from 2013-17, Housley, 54, was named as coach of the..." March 18

  • Predators rode Rinne, depth, balance to clinch playoff berth "The Nashville Predators arguably have the most talented roster in their history, leading to the NHL's best record (47-14-10) for 104 points in 71 games. The Predators are going to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, becoming the first team to clinch a berth into the..." March 17

  • Predators AGM Paul Fenton withdraws from Hurricanes GM search

    Sportsnet "The Carolina Hurricanes‘ search for a new general manager narrowed slightly again Friday as another candidate bowed out from the race. Nashville Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton has withdrawn his name from consideration, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Fenton was..." March 16

  • Jarnkrok to miss rest of regular season for Predators "Calle Jarnkrok will miss the rest of the regular season for the Nashville Predators with an upper-body injury. The 26-year-old center was injured by a hit from Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Copp in the third period of a 3-1 win Tuesday. Jarnkrok has 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) in 68..." March 15

  • Predators’ Fenton, Kings’ Futa among Hurricanes GM candidates

    Sportsnet "The search for the Ron Francis’s replacement as the next Carolina Hurricanes general manager is on and there are already a handful of intriguing candidates. “We believe that there are five people that Carolina has contacted about beginning the search for the position,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte..." March 11

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • Johansen handed game misconduct for spearing Gudbranson between legs

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ryan Johansen, what were you thinking? The Predators forward let his emotions get the better of him during Friday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. With Vancouver leading 2-1 midway through the third period, Johansen decided to spear Canucks blue liner Erik Gudbranson. Johansen..." March 03

  • How will Mike Fisher fit back in with Predators?

    Pro Hockey Talk "If you’re a fan of the Nashville Predators, you’ve probably been wondering if Mike Fisher can return from retirement and still be as effective as he was last season. Maybe you wonder if he’ll take minutes from a younger player with more to offer at this point, whether it be Colton Sissons, Austin..." March 02

  • Predators' Fisher to make season debut against Canucks

    Tennessean "Mike Fisher will make his return to the Predators' lineup Friday against the Vancouver Canucks. Fisher, who ended his retirement Jan. 31 in order to rejoin the team for its playoff push and another opportunity at the Stanley Cup, signed a prorated $1 million contract Monday. “I know it’s..." March 02

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Predators acquire Ryan Hartman from Blackhawks

    Sportsnet "The Nashville Predators have acquired forward Ryan Hartman from the Chicago Blackhawks. Hartman has eight goals and 25 points in 57 games this season. " February 26

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Predators to sign Fisher to 1-year, $1-million deal

    Sporting News "The final step in Mike Fisher's return may be around the corner. The Predators are expected to announce a one-year deal for Nashville's former captain ahead of Monday's 3 p.m. trade deadline, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. Fisher retired last summer but shocked some at the end of..." February 25

  • Predators Acquire Bollig, Grosenick from Sharks "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Sunday that the club has acquired forward Brandon Bollig and goaltender Troy Grosenick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Bollig, 31 (1/31/87), has 10 points..." February 25

  • Letestu traded to Nashville for Aberg, flipped to Columbus for pick

    Sportsnet "Mark Letestu has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets by way of the Nashville Predators, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports. The Edmonton Oilers acquired forward Pontus Aberg from the Nashville Predators in exchange for the veteran Letestu. Nashville then traded Letestu to Columbus for a..." February 25

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23