Predators Rumors & News

  • Predators ponder best path for prospect Kevin Fiala

    Tennessean "With Kevin Fiala and the Predators, it's patience vs. excitement, skill vs. maturity. Most importantly, it's weighing whether the 18-year-old forward can come in immediately and produce, or whether he should be given more time to mature. "Could he play, like a lot of other 18-year-olds?..." July 11

  • Mattias Ekholm, Predators not going to arbitration

    Tennessean "The Predators and defenseman Mattias Ekholm have come to terms on a two-year, $2.075 million, one-way contract. Last season as a rookie, Ekholm had one goal and eight assists for nine points. He was a minus-8 and averaged 16:09 of ice time." July 09

  • Anthony Bitetto re-signs with Predators

    Tennessean "The Predators continued to bolster their young defensive depth by re-signing 2010 sixth- round pick Anthony Bitetto to a one-year, two-way contract. It's worth $605,000 at the NHL level and $60,000 at the AHL level. The Oceanside, N.Y., native had 36 points in 73 games last season with..." July 08

  • Predators lose Mike Fisher, sign Anton Volchenkov

    CBC Sports "The Nashville Predators said on Monday that Mike Fisher suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during a training session. Fisher, 34, underwent surgery and is expected out four to six weeks. The centre scored 20 goals and 29 assists in 75 regular season games, with a minus-4 rating, four..." July 08

  • Jokinen ‘wanted to start playing tomorrow’ after talk with Laviolette

    Pro Hockey Talk "When the Nashville Predators signed Olli Jokinen to a one-year contract, it gave the Preds an offensive player up the middle the team was sorely lacking. While the Preds aren’t exactly a team known for its goal scoring, Jokinen said there was one major factor that led him to sign there: New..." July 06

  • James Neal expects fresh start with Predators

    Tennessean "New Predators winger James Neal understands that he needs an image reboot in Nashville. Known as gruff, being difficult to deal with, and even a risk on the ice during his four years in Pittsburgh, Neal comprehends that he needs to make some changes to both his game and his attitude. “Your..." July 05

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    Ken Campbell @THNKenCampbell

    With a day to go, J. Reimer, C. Franson, M. Bartkowski and M. Ekholm have filed for arb. Teams have filed for R. O'Reilly, M. Frolik.

  • Nashville Predators Sign Joe Piskula to a One-Year Contract

    NHL.com "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Joe Piskula to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 at the AHL level. Piskula, 29 (7/5/84), played a pair of games for the..." July 05

  • Predators watch division foes dive into free agency

    Tennessean "The goal for the Predators at the start of free agency Tuesday was simple: land a first-line center to play with newly acquired winger James Neal. That didn't happen. While the rest of the Central Division dived into free agency, the Predators stood pat. But they aren't worrying yet. "To me..." July 02

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Olli Jokinen signs a $2.5M, one-year deal with #preds, per @RealKyper.

  • Flyers nearly traded Lecavalier to Preds

    CSN Philly "The Flyers almost had a deal to unload Vinny Lecavalier at the NHL draft this past weekend with the Florida Panthers -- it didn't happen. And, on Monday, the Flyers nearly had a deal with Nashville that would have seen the Predators take Lecavalier's $4.5 million salary off the Flyers'..." July 01

  • Pressure’s on Poile to add a top center in Nashville

    Pro Hockey Talk "David Poile needs a top center to skate with newly acquired winger James Neal. He knows it. Everyone knows it. It’s just not clear how — or if — he’ll be able to do it. The Predators’ general manager has already tried to pick Jason Spezza out of Ottawa, only for Spezza to nix the..." June 30

  • Del Zotto becomes UFA after Preds don’t qualify him

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was not a good year for Michael Del Zotto. As a result, the 24-year-old defenseman will become an unrestricted free agent after the Nashville Predators decided against giving him a qualifying offer. Del Zotto started the season with the New York Rangers. However, not too long after his new..." June 30

  • James Neal deal could help Predators in free agency

    Tennessean "The Predators got their man this weekend. James Neal, who was acquired in a trade with the Penguins on Friday during the NHL Draft, will no doubt help Nashville's offense. Now the attention turns to free agents. Prior to the Neal deal, the Predators were not exactly an attractive option to..." June 29

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Preds GM David Poile confirms he had serious interest in dealing for Spezza but was told by Spezza camp he wouldn't go to Nashville

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    Predators are trying to trade Michael Del Zotto. #tvasports

  • James Neal traded to Predators for Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling

    CBSSports.com "In the first big trade of the actual draft, the Nashville Predators acquired James Neal from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Patrick Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. We were promised big trades at the draft and one of the GMs in a new job (Pittsburgh's Jim Rutherford) delivered. Neal, who..." June 28

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    2014 NHL Draft Day Rumors - Live Blog

    PSD Staff The 2014 NHL Entry Draft goes on Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia. While this year's NHL draft will certainly not be able to match the talent pool of Thursday's NBA Draft, or even most other NHL Drafts for that matter, there are still some extremely talented players available. The best part... June 28

  • Why is Jason Spezza no longer a Preds option?

    Tennessean "Ottawa's Jason Spezza will not be joining the Predators. Per a report by TSN's Darren Dreger earlier in the week, the playmaking center submitted his list of teams he would prefer to not be traded to. The Predators are on the list. It also includes all Canadian teams, as well as the Islanders,..." June 20

  • Predators set high price for trading first-round pick

    Tennessean "Predators general manager David Poile did not mince words about his first-round pick in the upcoming NHL Draft. He has been approached about Nashville’s selection — 11th overall — and is dangling it out there for a top-six, offensive-type forward. The draft is June 27-28 at..." June 17

  • Predators say they won't trade captain Shea Weber

    Toronto Sun "There are 30 NHL general managers who consider rock ’em, sock ’em blueliner Shea Weber to be the foundation of an NHL franchise. Unfortunately for the other 29, one of them is the Nashville Predators’ David Poile. And with trade rumours around the league accruing momentum with the NHL draft..." June 17

  • Predators name Vanderklok goaltending coach

    NHL.com "Ben Vanderklok has been named goaltending coach of the Nashville Predators, the team announced Thursday. The native of Welland, Ontario served as the Predators assistant goaltending coach for the past five seasons. Since 2009, Vanderklok has worked with nearly every goalie within the..." June 13

  • Shea Weber not on trade market: Predators GM

    NHL.com "Nashville Predators general manager David Poile is doing his best to put to rest any rumors that he might be looking to trade captain Shea Weber, who is a Norris Trophy finalist this season. "We're keeping him, we're building our franchise around him," Poile said from the NHL general managers'..." June 11

  • Preds submit bid for 2016 NHL All-Star Game

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nashville wants to host one of the NHL’s marquee events, and has submitted a bid to get it. According to The Tennessean, the Preds have thrown their hat the ring to host the NHL’s All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in either 2016, 2017, 2018 or 2019. Reports of the bids broke following a recent..." June 07

  • Predators re-sign goalie Carter Hutton

    Tennessean "The Predators appear set in goal for the next two seasons. Backup goaltender Carter Hutton was re-signed Monday to a two-year deal worth $700,000 in 2014-15 and $750,000 in 2015-16. Starter Pekka Rinne is under contract for the next seven years. The Predators signed Hutton last offseason on..." June 04

  • Former players on Barry Trotz: ‘He taught me how to be a pro’

    Washington Post "Barry Trotz had always recognized the power that comes with being a hockey head coach, so to test his players he sometimes floats balloons — not literal balloons, just something to see if they can tell whether Trotz is messing with them. “You look like you were out all night,” Trotz might tell..." May 31

  • Predators Seth Jones, Craig Smith endorse new coach

    Tennessean "Predators defenseman Seth Jones was pointed and direct. When asked whether he enjoys playing for Peter Laviolette, Jones — a blueliner on Laviolette's Team USA World Championship squad — gave a ringing endorsement. "He has been great," Jones said of the recently hired Predators coach. "He's..." May 15

  • Nashville Predators Name Peter Laviolette Head Coach

    NHL.com "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has hired 2006 Stanley Cup-winning coach Peter Laviolette as the second head coach in team history and signed him to a multi-year contract. Also joining the coaching staff is Kevin..." May 06

  • Chara, Keith, Weber voted Norris finalists

    NHL.com "Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2013-14 James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the..." April 28

  • Predators' Pekka Rinne to play in world championships

    Tennessean "Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne hoped a healthy summer and a strong training regimen would yield results for next season. His offseason will also involve playing hockey at the world championships. Rinne, who missed 51 games this season after surgery for a hip infection, will play for Team..." April 23

  • Bettman: Salary cap now estimated in $69 million-$70 million range

    CBSSports.com "The Stanley Cup playoffs have only just begun but it's never too early to look forward to next season, particularly for those teams who are already done and can do nothing but figure out how to get better. Essential to the offseason planning is knowing what the salary cap will be next season so..." April 23

  • Predators ink Noonan, Rissling

    NHL.com "The Nashville Predators on Tuesday signed defensemen Garrett Noonan and Jaynen Rissling each to an entry-level contract. Noonan signed a two-year contract; Rissling signed a three-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed. Noonan, 23, was a fourth-round pick (No. 112) in the 2011 NHL..." April 22

  • Michael Del Zotto may fit into Predators plans

    Tennessean "Predators defenseman Michael Del Zotto didn't provide too much clarity when asked about his summer. He's a pending restricted free agent. "I have no idea what's going to happen," he said this week. "Obviously I'm not too happy with how this year has gone for me. I have high expectations for..." April 20

  • Predators Acquire D Rissling From Capitals

    TSN.ca "The Washington Capitals have traded the rights to defenseman Jaynen Rissling to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft." April 19

  • Predators expect great things from defense next season

    Tennessean "When he announced Barry Trotz's firing and wrapped up a disappointing season, general manager David Poile also offered some optimistic statements about the future of the Predators. He noted the number of younger players on the roster and looked forward to the return of a top-notch Pekka Rinne...." April 19

  • Pro Sports Daily's 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview
    PSD Staff, Featured Content Team

    This 1st round has the makings to be the best 1st round in the salary cap era, all 16 teams are strong, skilled and determined with no team having a huge edge over the other. If you enjoyed the regular season, let us remind you, you ain't seen nothing yet. April 16

  • Florida wins ’14 NHL draft lottery, will pick first overall

    Pro Hockey Talk "A year after losing out on the No. 1 pick, the Florida Panthers flipped the script. Florida won the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, edging out Buffalo for top spot despite the Sabres holding superior odds for the first overall pick. Last year, the Panthers were on the other end of this..." April 16

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    JoshuaCooper @JoshuaCooper

    #preds announce Calle Jarnkrok will return to the AHL for the playoffs

  • Sabres, Panthers have best odds for 2014 NHL draft lottery

    Pro Hockey Talk "With their seasons now complete, non-playoff teams can start looking forward to one of the biggest dates on their offseason calendars — the annual draft lottery. This year’s lottery will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, Apr. 15), determining the order of the first 13 picks of the ’14 Draft, which..." April 15

  • Barry Trotz out as Predators coach

    Tennessean "The only head coach in Nashville Predators history so far will not be back next season. Barry Trotz will not return for a 16th season with the team, according to sources familiar with the situation. Trotz has been with the Predators since the franchise's first game in 1998, hired by general..." April 14

  • Predators pour on offense in season finale

    Tennessean "The Predators finished strong, even if was for naught. Craig Smith had two goals and two assists, and the Predators used a second-period barrage against goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to beat the playoff-bound Minnesota Wild 7-3 on Sunday. The Wild wrapped up the first wild-card spot in the Western..." April 14

  • Predators beat Blackhawks with third-period flurry

    Tennessean "The Predators sent another season of hockey at Bridgestone Arena out in style with a 7-5 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions on Saturday. There was no shortage of action in the Predators' final home game, during which seven goals were logged in the final 16 minutes. Nashville..." April 13

  • Nashville Predators shut out Phoenix Coyotes

    Tennessean "A team that had nothing to play for played surprisingly inspired hockey on Thursday night. Two days after being eliminated from the playoffs, the Predators earned a 2-0 win over Phoenix — a team that had everything to play for — in front of 17,174 fans at Bridgestone Arena. Phoenix..." April 11

  • Predators Slim Playoff Hopes Officially Ended by the Stars

    Defending Big D "I hate the shootout in the NHL. I hate that two teams can go toe-to-toe for 65 minutes, and at the end have the winner determined by the hockey equivalent of a coin flip. I hate that an individual skills competition bearing zero relation to the hockey game that preceded it is the decider of said..." April 09

  • Predators stave off playoff elimination, beat Sharks 3-0

    Tennessean "The Predators continued to cause havoc in the Pacific Division on their West Coast trip. The Predators used a strong second period to beat down the San Jose Sharks 3-0 at the SAP Center on Saturday, staving off playoff elimination and keeping alive hope that the postseason isn’t just a pipe..." April 06

  • Preds think Jones will return from injury on Saturday

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators are probably just playing out the string at this point – at least if you believe Sports Club Stats, which gives them zero chance of making the playoffs – but that isn’t stopping them from letting players like Seth Jones return from injuries. Their 2013 first-rounder..." April 05

  • Predators tout Shea Weber for Norris Trophy

    Tennessean "The Predators have been touting the fact that Shea Weber is having probably the best season of his career. So it’s no major surprise that they have started a Norris Trophy campaign of sorts for the veteran defenseman. Weber is on pace for a career high in goals (he currently has 20) and..." April 05

  • Nashville Predators play like contender, beat Ducks

    Tennessean "The Predators are far from the postseason and have very little to play for the rest of the NHL season. But coach Barry Trotz has been adamant that his team has at least kept up its effort down the stretch of 2013-14. And it can play a role as a spoiler to teams jockeying for postseason..." April 05

  • Predators edge Capitals in shootout

    Tennessean "Coach Barry Trotz has turned into a realist when it comes to the Predators' playoff chances. "Our moons have to absolutely align for us to somehow get in," he said. That might be true, but the Predators still have some games to play. And Nashville proved that even in spite of tough playoff..." March 31

  • Stars get contributions from everywhere in key win over Predators

    Dallas Morning News "While it’s too early to be throwing around the term “must win,” the Stars on Friday had a ``really kinda need to win” type of game. The Nashville Predators are pretty much out of the playoff race and played in Nashville on Thursday. So, with Phoenix starting the night five points ahead in the..." March 29