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  • NHL’s ‘Smart Puck’ will enhance fan experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe. The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we..." May 24

  • Predators restructure front office following Fenton departure

    Yardbarker "After long-time assistant GM Paul Fenton left for the Minnesota Wild this week, the Nashville Predators have restructured their front office with several promotions. Jeff Kealtyhas been promoted to AGM and Director of Scouting, Brian Poile to AGM and Director of..." May 22

  • Wild to name Paul Fenton general manager

    The Score "The Minnesota Wild are set to name Nashville Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton as the team's third general manager in team history, according to Michael Russo of The Athletic. Fenton was reportedly offered the job nearly two days ago and sources confirmed to Russo on..." May 21

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Predators GM told by players to keep roster intact for next season

    NHL.com "The Nashville Predators don't expect to make many changes to their roster for next season coming off a loss in the Western Conference Second Round to the Winnipeg Jets. The Predators won the Presidents' Trophy with 117 points and the Central Division for the first time...." May 15

  • Alexei Emelin, Scott Harnell Unlikely To Return To Nashville Predators

    Pro Football Rumors "The Nashville Predators are starting their offseason a little earlier than they expected, after being eliminated by the Winnipeg Jets in the second round. Now they have to face the tough decisions of who to bring back, including those who are scheduled to become unrestricted free..." May 14

  • Fenton, Fitzgerald expected to get second interview for Wild GM job

    Sportsnet "The Minnesota Wild are set to begin the second round of interviews for their vacant general manager position next week. Among the remaining candidates expected to get a second chance at the job are Nashville Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton and New Jersey Devils assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald,..." May 13

  • Blackhawks get No. 27 pick in NHL Draft with Predators loss

    NHL.com "The Chicago Blackhawks will have the No. 27 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft after the Nashville Predators were eliminated from the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Chicago acquired the pick Feb. 26 in a trade that sent forward Ryan Hartman to Nashville. The Blackhawks (33-39-10) also hold..." May 13

  • Predators' Turris to join Canada at World Championship

    The Score "Nashville Predators players are heading to Denmark in flocks like the swallows of Capistrano. On Friday, the team announced seven of its players would head overseas to take part in the World Championship, but TSN's Ryan Rishaug is reporting one more player is on his way. New Westminster,..." May 12

  • Predators believe Cup window remains open despite playoff loss to Jets

    NHL.com "The Nashville Predators believe their window to win the Stanley Cup will remain open following a second-round loss to the Winnipeg Jets in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Predators won the Presidents' Trophy with 117 points in the regular season but couldn't solve the Jets. Nashville..." May 12

  • Predators' Fisher announces retirement, again

    The Score "Mike Fisher is hanging up his skates - for real this time. The Predators forward announced Saturday that his playing days are over following Nashville's second-round exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "This cow has been milked as much as it can," Fisher told Predators radio reporter Jeremy..." May 12

  • If any team is bold enough to trade Pekka Rinne, it's Nashville

    The Hockey News "Deal away your franchise goalie in what will probably be his Vezina year? Sacrilege! Or is it? The Predators haven't gotten the clutch goaltending they need – and they have a history of wild, unexpected trades. The fact the Nashville Predators lost Game 7 of the Central Division final at home..." May 12

  • Several Nashville Predators Heading To IIHF World Championship

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After facing elimination at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets last night, several Nashville Predators players will be heading to the IIHF World Hockey Championship. We learned earlier today that Eeli Tolvanen would continue his whirlwind season with Team Finland, while Nick Bonino will join Team USA...." May 11

  • Carrie Underwood offers her national anthem services to Golden Knights

    Larry Brown Sports "Carrie Underwood’s husband may have officially played his last game in the 2018 NHL playoffs, but the award-winning country singer is willing to sing the national anthem for a new team in the next round. After the Winnipeg Jets defeated Mike Fisher’s Nashville Predators in Game 7 on Thursday..." May 11

  • Preds’ Rinne says he let his teammates down: ‘It’s a terrible feeling’

    Sportsnet "“It’s a terrible feeling.” That’s what Nashville Predators starting goalie Pekka Rinne told reporters Thursday after a disappointing Game 7 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Rinne was pulled less than 11 minutes into the opening period after giving up two soft goals on seven shots. “It’s the..." May 11

  • PK Subban gives passionate defense of Pekka Rinne

    Larry Brown Sports "PK Subban gave a passionate defense of teammate Pekka Rinne, who has come under fire for struggling in the Nashville Predators’ series against the Winnipeg Jets. Rinne was pulled just over 10 minutes into a 5-1 Game 7 loss to the Jets after allowing two soft goals out of the seven shots he..." May 11

  • Predators’ Fisher out for Game 7 against Jets with injury

    Sporting News "Predators center Mike Fisher has been ruled out for Game 7 against the Jets with a lower-body injury, Nashville announced Thursday. The 37-year-old returned from retirement in February to earn one more shot at a Stanley Cup, but he will be unable to help the Predators advance on the ice in Game..." May 10

  • Home ice hasn’t been huge advantage for Predators, Jets

    Pro Hockey Talk "NHL teams grind through an 82-game season to make the playoffs, but also to try to gain home-ice advantage, particularly if a Game 7 is needed. Sometimes playing in front of a roaring crowd, getting that home cooking and the final change (plus a friendly call or two, depending upon who you ask)..." May 10

  • Nashville Predators Sign Carl Persson

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Nashville Predators have dipped their toes back into the European free agent market, signing Carl Persson to a two-year entry-level contract. " May 09

  • Nashville Predators Sign Filip Pyrochta

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Nashville Predators have added another undrafted European free agent, signing defenseman Filip Pyrochta to a two-year entry-level contract. Pyrochta has spent the last two seasons in the Czech professional league, and is on the roster for the current IIHF World Championships. Pyrochta is an..." May 07

  • Predators down to Plan C trying to figure out Jets

    Sportsnet "This is the dragon that the Winnipeg Jets are dealing with now, with a series-clincher set for Monday night back home in Frantic-toba. “We’re going to go there, we’re going to win a game, we’re going to come back here. It’s that simple,” spelled out Nashville’s P.K. Subban. “We’re going to wake..." May 06

  • Predators' Subban guarantees Game 6 win

    ESPN "After a deflating Game 5 home loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, the Nashville Predators are down 3-2 and facing elimination in the Stanley Cup playoffs. But instead of a somber Predators postgame locker room, it was one of strong confidence and promises. Predators defenseman P.K. Subban is..." May 06

  • Predators defense won't rest against Jets in Game 5

    NHL.com "For the Nashville Predators to have success defensively, some of it just boils down to commitment. After allowing at least four goals in each of the first three games of the Western Conference Second Round against the Winnipeg Jets, the Predators made sure to shore up their defensive-zone..." May 05

  • Predators coach Peter Laviolette stays one step ahead — Kevin Fiala is back for Game 5

    Tennessean "Another day, another Peter Laviolette chess move. Raise your hand if, like me, you’ve been playing checkers and can’t keep up with the lineup decisions Laviolette is making from game to game in the Western Conference semifinals. Raise your hand if, like me, you’re done questioning them until..." May 05

  • Fiala could be out for Predators in Game 4 against Jets

    NHL.com "Kevin Fiala could be out of the Nashville Predators lineup when they play the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round at Bell MTS Place on Thursday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS). The 21-year-old forward, who scored the winning goal in a 5-4 double-overtime victory in..." May 03

  • Sedin twins, Subban, Zucker named finalists for King Clancy Trophy

    NHL.com "Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators, and Jason Zucker of the Minnesota Wild were named finalists for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a..." May 02

  • Predators' Calle Jarnkrok: Absent from warmups

    CBS Sports "Jarnkrok (undisclosed) wasn't on the ice for warmups and won't play Game 3 against the Jets on Tuesday, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports. Fantasy owners shouldn't be dismayed since Jarnkrok's stat line has been limited to one assist, five shots on goal and a minus-3 rating..." May 01

  • Predators' Viktor Arvidsson accidentally breaks Bridgestone Arena's center ice scoreboard

    USA Today "Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson channeled his inner Roy Hobbs on Sunday night and was quite a natural at it. He scored a powerful second-period goal and also broke part of the Bridgestone Arena scoreboard in Game 2 of the Predators' second-round series against the Winnipeg..." April 30

  • Predators remain confident ahead of Game 2 against Jets

    NHL.com "The Nashville Predators are confident they can even the Western Conference Second Round with a win against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 2 at home on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS). The Predators spent large portions of a 4-1, Game 1 loss Friday in the offensive zone testing Jets goaltender..." April 29

  • Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis narrowly escapes serious injury after taking skate to face

    CBS Sports "Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis narrowly avoided a disastrous injury during Game 1 on Friday night. During the opener of the Preds' second round series against the Winnipeg Jets, Ellis caught an accidental skate to the face in the third period. The scary moment came as he fell to the ice..." April 28

  • Nashville Predators Sign Miroslav Svoboda

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Nashville Predators have some of the league’s best goaltending, with a duo of Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros that looks poised to challenge for the Stanley Cup this season. Still, they’re committed to strengthening the position by signing more international talent. The team has signed top Czech..." April 26

  • Wild GM front-runner Paul Fenton in town for initial interview

    Twin Cities "The search for the the next Wild general manager is officially underway, with front-runner Paul Fenton already in town for an initial interview, a source told the Pioneer Press. On Monday, Wild owner Craig Leipold announced he was not renewing the contract of longtime general manager Chuck..." April 25

  • 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

    NHL.com "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

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