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  • NHL draft: The best player ever picked at every spot from 1-31

    USA Today "While it’s indisputable that NHL teams are more likely to find a superstar in the first few picks of the draft than they are later on, USA TODAY Sports research shows that quality picks can be found deep into the first round. In many cases, we found multiple desirable..." June 20

  • Wayne Simmonds wins 2019 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award

    Sons of Pen "Former Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has been named the recipient of the 2019 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, which is presented “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season and who plays a leading..." June 20

  • Three reasons why the NHL salary cap could get tighter

    Sportsnet "I have a theory. And, after the Rangers/Winnipeg trade involving Jacob Trouba, I’ve decided to lay it out. That deal was a surprise because the Jets were asking for more, and, on paper, Trouba is worth a greater return. So, why didn’t it happen? I think..." June 18

  • Report: Multiple teams fear that salary cap will be less than $82M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2019-20 NHL season could come in below the $83-million upper limit that was initially estimated. The NHL and NHLPA are meeting Tuesday, and many teams reportedly told TSN's Bob McKenzie that they're concerned about the current forecast for the..." June 18

  • Bruins’ Zdeno Chara, Predators’ P.K. Subban Have Classy Exchange On Instagram

    NESN "Defensemen Zdeno Chara and P.K. Subban have been on-ice foes for many years now, and it’s clear there is mutual respect between the two. With the Boston Bruins’ season now complete, coming to a bitter end with a loss to the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup..." June 18

  • Predators Add Scuderi, Bordeleau, Rook to Hockey Operations Staff "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the team has hired Rob Scuderi as a Defense Development Coach, Sebastien Bordeleau as a Forward Development Coach and Dave Rook as a Goaltending Development Coach. In their roles,..." June 18

  • NHL draft: Six of the worst picks in league history

    USA Today "The NHL draft will be held Friday night and Saturday in Vancouver. Here's a look at some of the worst draft decisions NHL teams have made through the years: In 1993, the Ottawa Senators drafted Quebec Major Junior Hockey League star Alexandre Daigle with the No. 1..." June 17

  • Jay Bouwmeester finally won the Stanley Cup. Who are the other notable veterans seeking their first?

    The Hockey News "It took 764 career regular-season games with three teams for Jay Bouwmeester to finally make the playoffs. At 35, with 75 post-season games under his belt, Bouwmeester can finally call himself a Stanley Cup champion. Bouwmeester sat third in games played by an active player without a..." June 15

  • Tampa Bay Lightning trade Connor Ingram to the Nashville Predators

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded goaltender Connor Ingram to the Nashville Predatorsfor a 2021 seventh round pick. The news has not been confirmed by either team but is posted on the trade tracker, which lists confirmed transactions. Ingram was..." June 14

  • Gary Bettman's War and Peace: The cases for, against a lockout-free CBA

    ESPN "Putting Gary Bettman in charge of hockey labor peace is like putting a cat in charge of rodent safety. There are just some things that are inherently, instinctually part of an individual's comportment, and there's nothing they can do to suppress the urges. For Bettman,..." May 30

  • Nashville Predators Re-Sign Jarred Tinordi

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Nashville Predators, home to arguably the deepest blue line in the NHL, nevertheless value having a wealth of options on defense and have agreed to terms to retain one of their many defensemen. TVA’s Renaud Lavoie reports that the team has re-signed AHL captain Jarred..." May 29

  • Predators GM: Roman Josi extension is No. 1 priority

    The Score "Nashville Predators general manager David Poile knows the top item on his summer to-do list is to sign star defenseman Roman Josi to a new contract, as it will make shaping the rest of the roster that much easier. "When and if we do that, that checks off a lot of boxes for what..." May 25

  • Jonne Tammela, Filip Pyrochta Placed On Unconditional Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Two players find themselves on unconditional waivers today according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The Nashville Predators have placed Filip Pyrochta and the Tampa Bay Lightning have placed Jonne Tammela on waivers, indicating that contract terminations are coming for..." May 24

  • Nashville Predators Ink New ECHL Affiliation

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Nashville Predators have entered into an affiliation agreement with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. The partnership is only for the 2019-20 season, but will give the Predators another minor league affiliate to send their prospects for development purposes. Everblades..." May 24

  • Full List Of 2019 Expiring Draft Rights

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When drafting a player out of North America or more European countries, a team acquires their exclusive negotiating rights for a set amount of time. Each year on June 1, a long list of players see those rights expire and they become unrestricted free agents. While this doesn’t always..." May 24

  • Six contracts with cap concerns that could be traded this summer

    Sportsnet "As a rule, even rich people hate spending money on nothing. It’s just one of those things that irks the human soul on a fundamental level. Given that, there’s understandable hesitation when it comes to the potential of buying out players on cumbersome contracts. Sometimes..." May 23

  • Nashville Predators To Pursue Matt Duchene

    Pro Hockey Rumors "All that talk about not making too much of Matt Duchene’s property in Nashville? Forget about it, apparently. Pierre LeBrun writes for The Athletic that the Predators are expected to enter the bidding for the best center on the free agent market. The team would have to shed..." May 22

  • Dante Fabbro preparing to earn full-time role with Predators next season "Dante Fabbro traveled far and wide this season to best prepare himself to earn a full-time role with the Nashville Predators next season. Fabbro played 38 games in his junior season with Boston University, represented Canada at the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland in December,..." May 19

  • Five-alarm fire: NHL playoffs show officiating, review process need significant overhaul

    USA Today "It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not? This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required. What happened Wednesday, when..." May 16

  • Predators are hoping that Pekka Rinne can help them hoist the Stanley Cup next year

    On The Forecheck "In the postseason exit interviews conducted a little over three weeks ago, Pekka Rinne mentioned to reporters that he wasn’t looking past the next two seasons in terms of his future with the franchise. It’s pretty evident now that unless something unimaginable..." May 15

  • Artemi Panarin tops 2019 Free Agent Frenzy class

    TSN "The Bread Man is going to make cake. Artemi Panarin delivered the goods despite a circus swirling around him in Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in franchise history. Now, after fulfilling his contract, he’ll head to free agency as the No. 1..." May 10

  • Trading Jake Voracek for P.K. Subban makes sense for Flyers "There are reports that Nashville’s P.K. Subban is available. If so, he checks all the boxes surrounding one of the Flyers’ important needs. Someone who is righthanded, plays with an edge, and would complement Ivan Provorov on the Flyers’ top defensive pairing?..." May 03

  • Nashville Predators Sign Mathieu Olivier

    CBS Sports "Olivier inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Predators on Wednesday. Olivier didn't produce eye-popping numbers in the AHL this season, notching four goals and 12 points in 54 games, but the Predators don't expect him to develop into an offensive force, and are..." May 01

  • Should the Oilers Consider P.K. Subban?

    The Hockey Writers "The Nashville Predators are just one of many teams that fell victim to a surprising and early exit from the playoffs this season. The favorites in their series with the Dallas Stars, the Preds were bounced in six games and under-achieved with only 12 goals for and 18 goals..." April 25

  • Subban not surprised by trade speculation after Predators' playoff exit

    Sportsnet "The Nashville Predators were eliminated only three days ago and trade speculation has already begun to swirl around P.K. Subban. It’s not unusual for a team that’s been eliminated earlier than expected to be surrounded by armchair GMs looking for an answer to what went..." April 25

  • Josi contract priority for Predators, says GM "Roman Josi wants to stay with the Nashville Predators, and the feeling is mutual. Predators general manager David Poile said he plans on starting discussions on a contract extension with the defenseman and captain July 1. Josi is signed through next season. "I love it..." April 25

  • Predators call playoff elimination 'tough pill to swallow' "P.K. Subban sat in his stall sporting his Nashville Predators hat, trying to come up with the words to describe another disappointing moment for his team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "It's tough. It's a tough pill to swallow," Subban said after Nashville was..." April 23

  • Blues will play Predators or Stars in Western Second Round

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The St. Louis Blues advanced to the Western Conference Second Round and will play the Nashville Predators or Dallas Stars. The Blues defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in Game 6 on Saturday to end that first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series. The Stars lead the Predators 3-2 in..." April 21

  • Predators counting on 'battle-tested' group against Stars in Game 6 "The Nashville Predators will try to avoid being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round against the Dallas Stars on Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN1, TVAS2, FS-TN, FS-SW). Dallas leads the best-of-7 series 3-2. The Predators..." April 21

  • Predators aim to rebound against Stars in Game 5 "The Nashville Predators will look to bounce back from a lopsided loss when they host the Dallas Stars in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVAS). The Predators, who were defeated 5-1 in Game 4 at Dallas on Wednesday,..." April 19

  • Boyle uncertain for Predators against Stars in Game 5 "Brian Boyle and Wayne Simmonds practiced with the Nashville Predators on Friday as they prepared for Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVAS). Simmonds skated in drills but did not take part in line rushes..." April 19

  • Predators Are The Favorite To Sign Josh Wilkins

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Providence had a strong run to close the college season, making it to the Frozen Four semifinals before being ousted by the eventual champions at Minnesota Duluth.  They’ve lost defenseman Jacob Bryson and winger Brandon Duhaime in recent days and it appears they..." April 18

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • Grimaldi stepping up for Predators in playoffs "Rocco Grimaldi hopes to continue making the most of his Stanley Cup Playoff opportunity with the Nashville Predators when they face the Dallas Stars in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at American Airlines Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS2, FS-SW, FS-TN). The..." April 16

  • Predators lose Simmonds, Boyle to week-to-week ailments

    The Score "The Nashville Predators will be without two veteran players for the foreseeable future. Wayne Simmonds is week-to-week with a lower-body injury and Brian Boyle was given the same timetable after having an appendix procedure, the team announced Monday. " April 15

  • Predators seek more from third line against Stars in Game 2 "The Nashville Predators will look for a bounce-back performance from their third line of Colton Sissons, Nick Bonino and Austin Watson when they host the Dallas Stars in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday (6 p.m. ET; CNBC, TVAS2, FS-TN, FS,..." April 13

  • The Real NHL Expansion Markets Are in Europe

    The Hockey Writers "For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and a new team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America. They need to look to..." April 08

  • Predators clinch back-to-back Central Division titles

    The Score "The Nashville Predators clinched first place in the Central Division for the second straight season Saturday after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks. The Preds will now face the Stars in Round 1 following Dallas' victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Scoring could..." April 07

  • Predators Closing In On Signing Lukas Craggs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Predators appear to be set to dip their toes into the college free agent waters.  Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports (Twitter link) that Nashville is closing in on signing winger Lukas Craggs to an entry-level deal. " April 03

  • Report: NHL, NHLPA agree not to change playoff format

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s current playoff format is reportedly sticking around, at least for one more season. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend the format, as well as the current divisional alignment, for one more year. Even..." April 03

  • Predators' Austin Watson looks to be back in line with Colton Sissons, Nick Bonino

    Tennessean "Being present was the best present Austin Watson could think of. So when the Predators forward returned from his conditioning stint in Milwaukee, he and his girlfriend celebrated their young daughter's birthday a little early during the weekend with a few..." April 02

  • Broken doors, missing nets: Ex-players reflect on NHL's obsession with neutral-site games

    The Score "Alan May can't recall every single game of his dizzying pro hockey career. After all, he skated for 16 teams across five leagues from 1986 to 1999. But he does remember the night in February 1994 when a players' bench inside Richfield Coliseum - a since-demolished arena near..." April 01

  • Predators Sign Dante Fabbro to Three-Year, Entry-Level Contract

    The Hockey Writers "On Monday, March 25, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported that the Nashville Predators have signed prospect Dante Fabbro to an entry-level contract (ELC). This is great news for the team and its fans as Fabbro, Nashville’s top defense prospect, decided to forego his senior season..." March 27

  • Predators assign Watson to AHL on long-term injury loan

    Tennessean "Austin Watson has left the Predators again, this time to work on his game. Watson stressed a "one day at a time" approach after he was reinstated March 18 from his indefinite suspension for alcohol abuse. The Predators forward, who spent six-plus weeks away from..." March 25

  • Dante Fabbro says he will be signing with the Nashville Predators

    On The Forecheck "It’s the moment you have all been waiting for. Right? There has been a lot of chatter since June of 2016 about when Dante Fabbro will finally get to Nashville, and the heralded defender is now here. Boston University’s season ended Friday with an overtime loss to Northeastern in the..." March 25

  • Gophers men’s hockey’s leading scorer Rem Pitlick signs with Nashville Predators

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "In an ideal world for the Gophers men’s hockey team, Rem Pitlick would be prepping to play in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday in Minneapolis. Instead, Minnesota’s leading scorer may be prepping to play his first NHL game in St. Paul. On Friday morning, the..." March 22

  • Nashville Predators' Austin Watson returned to available status

    Fox 17 "Nashville Predators' Austin Watson has been returned to available status as the Nashville Predators say he has entered the follow-up care phase of a substance abuse program. " March 18

  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18

  • Predators forward Filip Forsberg 'day-to-day' with upper-body injury

    Tennessean "Filip Forsberg spent Thursday and Friday off the ice, in an effort to be ready to go on the ice Saturday against the Hurricanes. The Predators forward did not practice the last two days for what coach Peter Laviolette called "maintenance" days, but he was on the ice Saturday..." March 10

  • Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be

    ESPN "Player X is in the NHL. After home games, he has a routine. Typically, he'll meet a few teammates at a local restaurant for a late dinner. He likes to order steak after games -- medium rare, with a side salad and mashed potatoes. Then he'll go home. Player X sometimes has a..." March 07