Predators Rumors & News

  • 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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

  • Nashville anthem singer done with Predators after ‘hurtful’ post-season

    Sportsnet "The Predators’ deep run during the Stanley Cup Playoffs was an exciting time for Nashville hockey fans—all but one, at least. Dennis K. Morgan has been belting out the national anthems at Predators game for about 17 years, but his gig ended fairly abruptly when he was replaced by country singer..." July 08

  • New Predators forward Nick Bonino eager to help Nashville 'get a little better'

    Tennessean "The last time Nick Bonino was inside Bridgestone Arena, he'd reached the pinnacle of the hockey world. A champagne shower poured over him and his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates, who'd just clinched the 2017 Stanley Cup over the Nashville Predators. Nearly a month later, with the glory of a..." July 07

  • Preds 2017 first-rounder Tolvanen will play in the KHL next season

    Pro Hockey Talk "The future of Nashville Predators prospect Eeli Tolvanen became a little more clear on Wednesday, as he decided to sign with Jokerit of the KHL. After playing each of the last two seasons in the USHL with the Sioux City Musketeers, Tolvanen had committed to playing at Boston College next..." July 05

  • Predators see Penguins role player Nick Bonino contributing more with Nashville

    Tennessean "A broken left tibia apparently wasn't enough to prevent new Predators center Nick Bonino from attempting to play in Nashville. His lower leg fractured by a P.K. Subban shot in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on May 31, Bonino, then with the Pittsburgh Penguins, briefly warmed up two games later..." July 02

  • Why bringing back Scott Hartnell was a great move for the Predators

    Pro Hockey Talk "Of the many reunions that took place on the first day of free agency the Nashville Predators’ move to bring back Scott Hartnell on a one-year, $1 million contract might have been the best one. It also might have been one of the better free agent signings — reunion or not — any team made on the..." July 02

  • Golden Knights sending Emelin to Predators

    TSN "The Vegas Golden Knights are in the process of trading defenceman Alexei Emelin to the Nashville Predators for a third-round pick, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. Vegas selected Emelin from the Montreal Canadiens in the expansion draft earlier this month. The 31-year-old..." July 01

  • Predators Sign Scott Hartnell to One-Year Contract

    NHL.com "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has signed forward Scott Hartnell to a one-year, $1 million contract. Hartnell, 35 (4/18/82), returns to the city where his career began when the Predators selected him sixth overall..." July 01

  • Predators trade Colin Wilson to Avalanche for fourth round pick

    TSN "The Nashville Predators have traded Colin Wilson to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2019. The 27-year-old finished with 12 goals and 23 assists in 70 games for the Predators last season. Wilson has two years left on his contract at $3.94 million per season. " July 01

  • Predators sign Nick Bonino to 4-year contract

    Tennessean "The Nashville Predators on Saturday signed free-agent center Nick Bonino, formerly of the Pittsburgh Penguins, to a four-year contract, according to TSN. Bonino's agent, Peter Fish, told The Tennessean on Saturday morning that the Predators were one of three teams that Bonino was choosing..." July 01

  • Predators Add O'Connor With One-Year Contract

    NHL.com "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has signed goaltender Matt O'Connor to a one-year, two-way contract for 2017-18 worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $75,000 at the AHL level. O'Connor, 24 (2/14/92), appeared in 37..." July 01

  • Preds' Ellis has knee surgery; Poile 'hopeful' of training camp return

    CBS Sports "Ellis recently underwent knee surgery and GM David Poile is hopeful that the defenseman will be prepared for training camp. The prolific two-way rearguard sustained an upper-body injury against the Penguins during the Stanley Cup Finals, but there hadn't been any talk of a knee issue for Ellis,..." July 01

  • Blue Jackets, Preds submit offers for Duchene

    TSN "The Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators have both made offers to the Colorado Avalanche for forward Matt Duchene, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. Dreger reports, however, that the Avalanche are continuing to play the waiting game until their price is met on the..." June 30

  • Predators not interested in trading defense to improve roster

    Tennessean "The Predators, as evidenced during the past year and a half, are unafraid to make newsworthy trades. Just don’t ask them about their defense. “We’ve traded enough defensemen in my recent history,” Predators general manager David Poile said Saturday at the conclusion of the NHL draft. “I..." June 25

  • Predators not interested in trading defense to improve roster

    Tennessean "The Predators, as evidenced during the past year and a half, are unafraid to make newsworthy trades. Just don’t ask them about their defense. “We’ve traded enough defensemen in my recent history,” Predators general manager David Poile said Saturday at the conclusion of the NHL draft. “I..." June 25

  • Predators interested in Duchene

    TSN "The Nashville Predators are interested in Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene, but not at a cost of a defenceman. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports the Predators would like Duchene, but if the asking price for Duchene is a defenceman, Nashville will likely not be a fit. TSN Hockey..." June 22

  • Losing Neal to Vegas was a ‘pretty big price to pay’ for Predators

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Vegas Golden Knights named their team on Wednesday, and it was no surprise that James Neal was among their selections in the expansion draft. Why not? Since entering the league in 2008, Neal has scored at least 20 goals in each of his nine seasons, hitting the 40-goal mark in 2011-12 as a..." June 22

  • Predators' David Poile wins NHL General Manager of the Year Award

    Tennessean "Predators general manager David Poile won the General Manager of the Year Award at the NHL Awards on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Poile, a first-time recipient of the award, was a finalist this season for the fourth time since the award's inception in 2010. The league's general managers as well..." June 22

  • Golden Knights likely to take Preds' Neal

    TSN "The Vegas Golden Knights are expected to take winger James Neal from the Nashville Predators as well as Ottawa Senators veteran defenceman Marc Methot in tonight's expansion draft, according to TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun. McKenzie notes that Vegas general manager George..." June 21

  • Predators sign prospect d-man Lyytinen to two-year entry-level deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "The hockey world marveled at the play of the Predators’ vaunted blue line during the playoffs. On Monday, Nashville added some depth on defense. The Predators announced the signing of Finnish blue liner Joonas Lyytinen to a two-year entry-level contract." June 20

  • Yes, Predators expose Neal instead of Jarnkrok to expansion draft

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators indeed chose to protect Calle Jarnkrok instead of James Neal from the expansion draft, as Sunday’s list confirmed. Once it became clear that GM David Poile hadn’t (yet?) convinced Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee to accept a trade not to take someone like Neal,..." June 18

  • Preds unable to strike deal with Vegas

    TSN "The Nashville Predators are at risk of losing James Neal or Calle Jarnkrok to the expansion draft. TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports the Predators have not been able to work out a deal with the Vegas Golden Knights to protect both forwards, despite their best efforts. LeBrun says the..." June 16