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  • Subban, Josi remain focused on winning Cup with Predators "P.K. Subban knows the Nashville Predators are not guaranteed a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, not after the San Jose Sharks acquired Erik Karlsson to make a strong team even stronger in the already deep Western Conference. "I actually believe that you've got to come in..." September 16

  • Predators' Austin Watson suspended 27 games after domestic assault arrest

    The Score "The NHL has suspended Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson for the entire preseason and the first 27 games of the regular season, the league announcedWednesday. Watson pleaded no contest to a domestic assault charge in late July after..." September 13

  • NHL players respond to Jalen Ramsey: 'I think it's insulting to our league'

    The Score "Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey made waves in the hockey world recently, claiming in a tell-all interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes that he could probably crack the NHL with six months of training. Cue the outrage. With training..." September 07

  • Long Negotiation With Ryan Ellis Was Watched By Oilers, Maple Leafs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "One of the biggest contracts signed this summer in the NHL was an eight-year $50MM extension handed out to Nashville Predators defenseman and associate captain Ryan Ellis. That contract was filed on August 14th, six weeks after Ellis originally became eligible to add some years on to his..." September 06

  • Scheifele calls Josi one of top five NHL players "Mark Scheifele was asked to name the five NHL players who impress him the most and actually ended up listing six. The Winnipeg Jets center put linemate Blake Wheeler among his best, with perhaps an unexpected player from a Central Division rival. "I'd say probably..." August 22

  • Johansen: Kesler made a 'bit of a fool of himself' with tweet

    TSN "Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler reignited his feud with Nashville Predators centre Ryan Johansen with a tweet earlier this month, which Johansen believes he should regret. Kesler, who had been silent on Twitter dating back to February, tweeted at Johansen on Aug. 5, writing..." August 21

  • Why aren’t teams experimenting with 3-on-3 lineups?

    TSN "The National Hockey League introduced the 3-on-3 overtime rule in the 2015-16 season, which was designed to marginalize the frequency of shootouts resolving games during the regular season. The league struck a bit of unintended gold with the decision. The pace and talent on display..." August 20

  • Ellis says he took less to allow Predators to keep core together

    The Score "Ryan Ellis had more than just his own interests in mind when he agreed to an eight-year, $50-million contract extension earlier this week. "I'm getting paid more than enough to play hockey," the Nashville Predators defenseman told reporters Thursday. "It was just..." August 17

  • Why Ryan Hartman is betting on himself going into another contract year with Predators

    NBC Sports Chicago "Ryan Hartman has been through this before. Back in December of 2012, he sustained a torn labrum in his right shoulder but played through it because the Plymouth Whalers were in the middle of a playoff run. He waited until the offseason to have it surgically repaired and was cleared for contact..." August 17

  • Predators’ Ryan Ellis on Central Division rivalries: ‘Each game’s a war’

    Sportsnet "Iron sharpens iron and if you’re seeking proof of this in the hockey world look no further than the NHL’s most competitive division. The seven Central Division teams combined for 689 points in the standings in 2017-18, an average of approximately 98.4 points per team. By..." August 15

  • Ryan Ellis Signs Eight-Year Extension With Nashville Predators

    Pro Hockey Rumors "One of the biggest extensions expected this summer has finally dropped, as the Nashville Predators today announced an eight-year, $50MM ($6.25MM AAV) contract extension for Ryan Ellis. The deal will kick in for the 2019-20 season, and keep Ellis in Nashville through the 2026-27..." August 14

  • NHL not invested in the numbers when it comes to analytics

    Toronto Star "It was 15 years ago this summer that Moneyball, the groundbreaking book by Michael Lewis, began to make its mark on the curious minds of athletic power brokers around the world. And if the intervening time has taught us anything, it’s that the copycat tendencies of sports executives..." August 13

  • NBC's hockey schedule going where it hasn't been much before

    USA Today "NBC will televise the Vegas Golden Knights twice in the first week of the NHL season. The Nashville Predators will be featured three times in the first month. The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning will appear on NBC before Sidney..." August 13

  • Signing bonus issue lingers over next NHL labour deal

    TSN "To land superstar centre John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs exercised their financial might and structured a contract most teams around the league couldn’t possibly fathom. On the surface, Tavares’ contract isn’t that exotic. A seven-year, $77 million contract for..." August 07

  • Kesler, Johansen exchange jabs over Twitter

    The Score "The dogs days of summer look to be getting the best of on-ice rivals Ryan Kesler and Ryan Johansen. The fun started on Sunday night after Kesler looked to challenge Johansen to a scrap ahead of the start of the season. Johansen seemed to respond with a shot of his..." August 06

  • Fabbro still hopes to play for Predators, unlikely to become free agent "Dante Fabbro hopes to add his name to a list of defensemen drafted and developed by the Nashville Predators who are thriving in the NHL. The Predators would like to see Fabbro, 20, join Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm as a homegrown mainstay on their blue line after..." August 03

  • P.K. Subban can empathize with what DeRozan is going through

    Sportsnet "If there’s any person who should be able to empathize with what DeMar DeRozan is experiencing at the moment, it’s Nashville Predators star defenceman P.K. Subban. Similarly to how DeRozan was shell-shocked when Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri pulled the trigger to..." July 30

  • Predators Sign Forward Miikka Salomaki to Two-Year Contract "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the team has signed restricted free-agent forward Miikka Salomaki to a two-year, $1.5 million contract that will see him earn $750,000 in both 2018-19 and 2019-20. Salomaki, 25..." July 30

  • Predators sign Dan Hamhuis to two-year deal

    TSN "The Nashville Predators bolstered their blueline Wednesday, signing Dan Hamhuis to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. Hamhuis, 35, scored three goals and 21 assists over 80 games with the Dallas Stars in 2017-2018. He will make $1.5 million in the first year of the deal and $1 million..." July 25

  • Predators forward Austin Watson pleads no contest to domestic assault charge

    USA Today "Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson pleaded no contest Tuesday to a misdemeanor domestic assault charge involving an incident with his girlfriend at a gas station last month.  He will be placed on probation, and if he violates it, he faces up to a year in jail. As a..." July 24

  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18

  • Predators sign Juuse Saros to 3-year, $4.5 million contract

    Tennessean "The Predators on Monday signed goaltender Juuse Saros to a three-year contract with an annual cap hit of $1.5 million. Saros, named to the NHL's all-rookie team last month, made 23 starts and 26 appearances this past season, compiling an 11-5-7 record, 2.44..." July 16

  • Predators sign Ryan Hartman to 1-year contract

    Tennessean "The Predators re-signed versatile forward Ryan Hartman on Monday to a one-year, $875,000 contract.  Hartman, a restricted free agent acquired in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 26 for two draft picks and a prospect, had five goals and..." July 16

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10

  • Predators Sign Colin Blackwell to Two-Year Contract

    Hockey Fights "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has signed forward Colin Blackwell to a two-year, two-way contract that will see him make $650,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level in 2018-19 and $700,000..." July 03

  • Nashville Predators Sign Connor Brickley, Rocco Grimaldi, Jarred Tinordi

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Nashville Predators watched the rest of the league throw money at many of the free agents available earlier today, but now have a few signings of their own. Connor Brickley, Rocco Grimaldi and Jarred Tinordi have all signed one-year two-way contracts worth $650K at the NHL level,..." July 02

  • Nashville Predators Sign Connor Brickley

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Nashville Predators watched the rest of the league throw money at many of the free agents available earlier today, but now have a signing of their own. Connor Brickley has signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $650K at the NHL level. " July 01

  • Top defensive prospect Dante Fabbro sees future with Predators, but should they be worried?

    Tennessean "Dante Fabbro said all the right things.  “I want to play in Nashville," said the Predators' top defensive prospect and 2016 first-rounder who idolized Shea Weber and whose older sisters played soccer at Austin Peay. "I want to be a..." July 01

  • Zac Rinaldo To Sign A Two-Way Deal With Nashville

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Nashville Predators continue to add depth to their team as Fox Sports Andy Strickland reports that unrestricted forward Zac Rinaldo will sign a two-way deal with the Predators. Terms of a deal have not been announced. With the team’s significant depth at forward at the NHL..." June 30

  • Domestic assault hearing for Nashville Predators player Austin Watson postponed

    Tennessean "The first court appearance for a Nashville Predators player accused of assaulting his girlfriend at a gas station earlier this month has been postponed to next month. Franklin police arrested team forward Austin Watson on June 16 and charged him with domestic..." June 28

  • Ellis the key to Predators' offseason: report "Ryan Ellis needs a contract extension before the Nashville Predators will pursue other players, general manager David Poile told The Athletic on Saturday. "I don't see us doing anything with our club in terms of big changes until we know the status of Ryan," Poile told..." June 24

  • Scott Hartnell Intends To Play An 18th Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While the Nashville Predators told Scott Hartnell nearly three weeks ago that they will not bring him back, that didn’t mean the 17-year veteran’s career is over. While he admitted at the time that he would be OK if his career ended, TSN’s Frank Seravalli reports that Hartnell..." June 24

  • PK Subban named cover athlete for NHL 19 video game

    Larry Brown Sports "PK Subban will grace the cover of the latest edition of EA Sports’ popular hockey video game. It was revealed during this year’s NHL Awards on Wednesday that the Nashville Predators defenseman received the nod to appear on the cover of NHL 19. Subban took the..." June 21

  • Predators' Pekka Rinne wins first Vezina Trophy as NHL's best goalie

    Tennessean "It's only fitting that Pekka Rinne is the Predators' first recipient of a major individual award.  Rinne, the franchise pillar, won the Vezina Trophy on Wednesday, recognized as the NHL’s best goaltender in his fourth time as a finalist. Predators..." June 21

  • NHL Announces 2017-18 All-Rookie Team

    Hockey Fights "The National Hockey League announced today the 2017-18 NHL All-Rookie Team, including the three players voted as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s top rookie: forwards Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders, Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks and Clayton Keller..." June 21

  • NHL Announces 2017-18 First and Second All-Star Teams

    Hockey Fights "NHL MVP Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils, voted to his first career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players on the 2017-18 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Hall, who received the Hart Trophy as the League’s most valuable player at the 2018 NHL..." June 21

  • Trade rumors aside, P.K. Subban wants to remain with Predators

    ESPN "In two seasons, P.K. Subban has become the face of the Nashville Predators. He's one of the best defensemen in the NHL, with a nomination for the Norris Trophy this season. But he turns 30 next season. He carries a $9 million cap hit through 2022, and the Predators declined to..." June 20

  • Nashville Predators player Austin Watson arrested on domestic assault charge

    Tennessean "Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has been charged with domestic assault, Franklin police said Wednesday. Watson, 26, of Nashville, was arrested at 7:20 p.m. on Saturday in the 1400 block of Murfreesboro Road, said police Lt. Charles Warner. As of Wednesday..." June 20

  • No big moves needed as Predators primed for another Cup run

    Pro Hockey Talk "Another summer is here, and the warm months wouldn’t be complete without hearing fresh P.K. Subban trade rumors. This isn’t exactly all that surprising, of course. The Nashville Predators’ defenseman is one of the league’s premier rearguards and comes..." June 14

  • Nashville Predators Will Not Trade P.K. Subban

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Somehow P.K. Subban is always the subject of trade rumors. Despite another good season for the Nashville Predators that has him as a finalist for the Norris Trophy, there has still been speculation about whether the team would move on from their superstar defenseman, mostly to ensure..." June 13

  • Oddsmakers peg Lightning, Knights as 2019 Cup favorites

    The Score "The Vegas Golden Knights fell just short of taking home the 2018 Stanley Cup title in the club's inaugural season, but that isn't getting in the way of hometown oddsmakers naming the Knights as the second favorite to take home the 2019 crown. Bookmakers in Vegas have..." June 08

  • Lindsey Vonn, P.K. Subban are sports' newest power couple

    USA Today "Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban and U.S. Olympic champion skier Lindsey Vonn walked the red carpet at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday in what appears to be their first official acknowledgment that they are dating. According to a person with knowledge of the..." June 07

  • Poile: Preds' top offseason priority is locking up Ryan Ellis

    The Score "The Nashville Predators have arguably the NHL's best defense core, and general manager David Poile intends to keep it that way beyond the 2018-19 season. Ryan Ellis is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019, but Poile said signing him to a contract extension..." June 02

  • NHL projects salary cap to be around $80M for 2018-19 season

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly confirmed during a press conference Monday that the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season is projected to be around $80 million, up from $75 million this season. A set number for next season has not yet been agreed upon..." May 29

  • Hartnell says he wants to continue playing "Scott Hartnell said he wants to continue his NHL career after completing his 17th season this season with the Nashville Predators. "If there's a team that's the right fit for [my family], we are 100 percent going," the 36-year-old forward told Sportsnet in remarks..." May 26

  • 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 "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