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  • Top 10 entry-level players of the salary cap era

    The Score "With a ton of restricted free-agent chatter around the league - but little action - we thought it would be interesting to review which players performed the best while on their entry-level deals since the salary cap era began in 2005-06. Our list summarizes the 10 most productive..." August 22

  • NHL free agency 2019: Full list of signings, best available players

    Sporting News "Charles Dickens opened "A Tale of Two Cities" with: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" - or, what the hockey world calls, free agency. Some of the biggest names in the game will be..." August 22

  • The best (and worst) NHL teams of the past decade

    ESPN "A lot changed in the NHL standings during the past decade. There was an expansion team added, another that relocated and another that was renamed. There were six divisions when the decade began, with the top eight teams in each conference advancing to the playoffs; by 2014, we were..." August 21

  • NHL farm system rankings: Best, worst prospect pipelines for 2019-20, from 1 to 31

    Sporting News "The general managers who run NHL front offices, with support from their staff, use a variety of methods to identify, develop and assess the future talent within their own organizations. Unfortunately for the general public, they tend to keep us in the dark about the inner workings, which is why..." August 20

  • #NHLTopPlayers: Top 20 Defensemen "Whether it's breaking up a big play, setting up a goal, or scoring on the power play, some defensemen can do it all. NHL Network producers and analysts chose the top 20 defensemen in the League for a special program that premiered Sunday as the third in a nine-part series leading up to the..." August 19

  • The All-Decade Team for all 31 NHL clubs

    ESPN "In 2009-10, the New Jersey Devils were confident that 25-year-old Zach Parisewould help define their next decade in the NHL. Ditto the Washington Capitals, and their 25-year-old, 40-goal scorer Alex Semin. The Columbus Blue Jacketshad a 25-year-old franchise player..." August 19

  • Golden questions for Nashville Predators

    Pro Hockey Talk "Let’s examine three key questions for the Predators next season … 1. Is this really a better winning formula? The Predators could have a deeper offense by adding Matt Duchene, while still having one of the best defense corps in the NHL if Dante Fabbro can..." August 17

  • Will Peter Laviolette bring out best of Predators?

    Pro Hockey Talk "In the grand scheme of things, I’d rate Peter Laviolette as a very good coach, if not a great one. Even so, there have been times when the Predators haven’t felt optimized, and that inspires some questions about whether swapping out P.K. Subban for Matt Duchene will take..." August 17

  • Matt Duchene under pressure to make Predators Stanley Cup contenders

    Pro Hockey Talk "Few players enter the 2019-20 season with more to prove than Matt Duchene. He’d be under pressure for his fat new contract in any context. Frankly, there’s plenty of room for debate that Duchene will be worth his $8 million cap hit next season, let alone as the 28-year-old..." August 17

  • Forecasting Canada's roster for potential 2021 World Cup

    The Score "With news that the NHL is "cautiously optimistic" that current CBA talks might lead to a World Cup in February 2021, we've decided to predict what each team's roster could look like should the tournament take place. We adopted the NHL's format for the..." August 16

  • ‘Cautiously optimistic’ NHL CBA talks could result in 2021 World Cup

    Sportsnet "Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the direction of collective bargaining talks with the NHL Players’ Association and believes the sides are committed to staging the next World Cup in February 2021 if they can extend or renew the..." August 16

  • Ranking the NHL's top 5 defensive pairings

    The Score "After analyzing the NHL's best forward lines, our focus now shifts to the league's top defensive pairings. These pairings are weighed against each other through a series of advanced statistical categories that quantify their on-ice impact at even strength. Of course,..." August 16

  • 2019-20 NHL Fantasy Hockey Sleepers include goalie great Henrik Lundqvist

    CBS Sports "There are always tough decisions to make early on in Fantasy hockey drafts, but it's hard to go wrong when there are a plethora of superstars still on the board. However, things become much less straightforward in the mid-to-late rounds when big-name players become increasingly scarce...." August 15

  • Ranking the NHL's 5 best lines

    The Score "A really good line can start clicking for a number of reasons. Sometimes, it's simply due to the individual talent of the three forwards in question, but it isn't always that easy. Putting the best three players together doesn't always pay dividends. Often, it's more..." August 09

  • Predicting the NHL's latest 'lottery ticket' contracts

    ESPN "This may come as a shock, but National Hockey League teams are known to hand out a contract or two that they later regret. Sometimes it's because the signing was ill-advised in the first place. Sometimes it's because of unforeseen circumstances, like a player suffering through..." August 07

  • Nashville Predators Re-Sign Rocco Grimaldi

    Last Word On Hockey "The Nashville Predators have re-signed restricted free agent forward Rocco Grimaldi to a one-year contract worth $1 million for the next season. Both parties went to arbitration on Sunday with the two sides reportedly $350,000 apart on a new contract. Grimaldi..." August 07

  • Top available NHL free agents by position

    The Score "With free agency underway, here's a roundup of all the best players still available. The biggest names are off the board, but some potentially helpful talent remains up for grabs. Left wing Thomas Vanek Patrick Marleau Pat Maroon Jamie..." August 06

  • Eeli Tolvanen hoping to accelerate development with Predators "Eeli Tolvanen may soon become a mainstay for the Nashville Predators in their top six forwards. A crowded roster could make that unlikely this season, but the 20-year-old is undeterred. "It's just motivation to be here," Tolvanen said during Predators development camp in..." August 01

  • One month into NHL free agency, who’s left on the market?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL free agent market opened one month ago today and there was plenty of cash thrown around and faces headed for new places. While there were 126 signings of different varieties on July 1 there have been 167 total in the 30 days since. Even with all those contracts signed, there..." August 01

  • Fighting in NHL hit record lows during 2018-2019 season, continuing downward trend

    CBS Sports "If you've been watching the NHL over the past handful of years, you likely don't need numbers to tell you what's pretty obvious: The league and its product is not quite the same as it once was, say, in the 80s, 90s or even early 2000s.  Plenty about the game has..." July 30

  • 5 players likely to regress next season

    The Score "It's incredibly difficult to stay consistent at the NHL level; some players experience regression, unable to carry over their success from one campaign to the next. Regression doesn't necessarily result in a poor season or a downward trend that will last for the rest of a..." July 26

  • Signing depth players long-term is usually losing move for NHL teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators’ decision to sign Colton Sissons to a seven-year contract earlier this week certainly raised a lot of eyebrows around the NHL. As PHT’s James O’Brien argued immediately after the signing, the salary cap hit is pretty..." July 26

  • Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the NHL

    The Score "Nearly every general manager in the NHL has a contract they'd like to get rid of. Not including LTIR-eligible players or players signed this summer, here are the current 10 worst deals in the league based on cap hit, term, and expected value over the duration of the..." July 25

  • 5 players poised for bounce-back seasons

    The Score "Some years, things just don't go as planned. The NHL season is a grind, and even some of the top talents are bound to endure a mediocre year or two. Several factors can result in a player taking a step back, including injuries, coaching, or just sheer bad luck. Here are..." July 24

  • Predators are being bold with term; are they being smart?

    Pro Hockey Talk "If nothing else, the Nashville Predators aren’t afraid to be bold. In a vacuum, the Colton Sissons signing isn’t something that will make or break the Predators’ future. That seven-year, $20 million contract has inspired some fascinating debates, but the most..." July 23

  • Colton Sissons Re-Signs With Nashville Predators

    Last Word On Hockey "The Nashville Predators and center Colton Sissons agreed to a new seven-year contract worth $20 million according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. Sissons will carry a salary hit of $2.86 million. Sissons was one of 40 players to file for salary arbitration back on..." July 23

  • Is there too much offence from the defence in today’s NHL?

    TSN "One of the questions I’ve wrestled with over the years is how to value individual offensive contributions from defencemen, particularly when it comes to goal scoring. It’s an important subject because, much like forwards, there is a strong correlation between two..." July 22

  • Philip Tomasino brings speed to Predators "Philip Tomasino is hoping his speed puts him on the fast track to the NHL with the Nashville Predators. The Predators selected the 17-year-old forward in the first round (No. 24) of the 2019 NHL Draft. "I'm a guy who likes to drive the play with his speed, makes..." July 21

  • Death of former Red Wing Greg Johnson likely a suicide, police say

    Detroit News "Former Red Wing Greg Johnson died of an apparent suicide, according to a Rochester Police report obtained by The Detroit News. Johnson was found by his wife, Kristin, shortly before 10 a.m. on July 7 in a storage room in the couple's basement. A gun and a single bullet were..." July 18

  • There’s now a tool to compare NHL players to Pokemon and it’s absolutely incredible

    Newark Star-Ledger "The tool you never knew you needed has arrived. Thanks to CJ Turtoro, a hockey analytics writer and contributor for All about the Jersey, you can now find every NHL player’s best Pokemon comparable with a new generator, which takes stats from hockey..." July 18

  • Predators improve center depth with Matt Duchene signing "The Nashville Predators shook things up this offseason by signing free agent forward Matt Duchene and trading defenseman P.K. Subban to the New Jersey Devils. They did so after winning the Central Division the past two seasons followed by two quick exits from the Stanley Cup Playoffs,..." July 17

  • 5 players who could still be traded this summer

    The Score "The NHL offseason has slowed down considerably since July 1. Outside of Jake Gardiner, the list of remaining unrestricted free agents is uninspiring. However, that doesn't mean there won't be any more exciting movement, as a handful of intriguing players could still be dealt..." July 16

  • Where should the best remaining NHL free agents sign?

    ESPN "While hundreds of free agents have signed with NHL teams this summer (at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in total), some notable names remain on the market. Will they re-sign with their 2018-19 clubs, or move on to new opportunities? Our panel debates the 2019-20 destinations for..." July 15

  • An early look at the NHL's UFA class of 2020

    The Score "Most marquee names in 2019 unrestricted free agency are off the board, so the majority of offseason excitement is behind us, aside from potential trades, offer sheets, and big-ticket RFA signings. Without an idea of when said transactions may come, the hockey world doesn't have..." July 12

  • Matt Duchene excited to finally make Nashville his home "Matt Duchene got a present during his first visit to Nashville since signing a seven-year, $56 million contract with the Nashville Predators on July 1. In addition to his No. 95 Predators jersey, the forward received a custom-made Predators-themed guitar from Nashville mayor David..." July 09

  • NHLPA announces arbitration dates

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players Association announced the dates for salary arbitration on Tuesday, beginning with Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Jordan Binnington scheduled for July 20. Binnington is among 40 players who filed for salary arbitration last week. Teams have..." July 09

  • Greg Johnson, who played for Nashville Predators and three other NHL teams, dies at 48

    USA Today "Former Nashville Predators captain Greg Johnson, known for his soft-spoken, affable demeanor, died Monday morning at his home in Michigan. He was 48. The Chronicle Journal in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Johnson's hometown, first reported the story. No cause of death was..." July 09

  • Eeli Tolvanen adjusting to new game: Year in AHL 'helped me a lot'

    The Score "Eeli Tolvanen feels his game has already significantly improved in just his second year in North America. Arguably the Nashville Predators' top prospect, Tolvanen spent the majority of the 2018-19 campaign with the Milwaukee Admirals. The 20-year-old credits his AHL stint for his..." July 08

  • NHL’s restricted free agents have proven to be untouchables

    Pro Hockey Talk "Some of the NHL’s best, young players are available. Technically. Mitch Marner, Brayden Point and Jacob Trouba are just a few of the restricted free agents in a bumper crop. Every team in the league would like to add any of those players..." July 04

  • Predicting a home for 5 key remaining free agents

    The Score "The initial wave of the 2019 free agency period has come and gone, but there are still some good players available. Below, we pick out destinations for five of the biggest names left. Jake Gardiner, D, 28 2018-19 cap hit: $4.05 million Top..." July 03

  • Winners and losers from Day 1 of NHL free agency

    The Score "The opening day of NHL free agency didn't disappoint, with several clubs making franchise-altering moves that might shift the league's balance of power. Some of Monday's deals were undoubtedly shrewd, but others left something to be desired. Here's who won..." July 02

  • Devils sign winger Wayne Simmonds to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The New Jersey Devils have signed winger Wayne Simmonds to a one-year, $5-million deal, the club announced Monday. " July 01

  • AHL MVP Daniel Carr to sign one-year deal with Predators

    Sportsnet "AHL regular season MVP Daniel Carr is signing with the Nashville Predators, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman is reporting. Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest reports the contract is for one-year and $700,000. " July 01

  • Matt Duchene expected to sign with Predators: report "Matt Duchene is expected to sign with the Nashville Predators on Monday, Sportsnet reported. The 28-year-old center had 70 points (31 goals, 39 assists) in 73 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators this season, including 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in..." June 30

  • PHR’s 2019 Top 50 NHL Unrestricted Free Agents

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The end of June is finally here, meaning July and the start of NHL free agency is right around the corner. On Monday at 11am CDT, a huge number of players will become unrestricted free agents allowed to negotiate and sign a contract with any team in the league. Teams will be allowed to offer..." June 30

  • Oilers, Sabres reportedly among teams interested in Brian Boyle

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Five to six teams have reached out to free agent forward Brian Boyle according to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, who lists the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres as two interested parties. Boyle is coming off a two-year $5.1MM contract that he signed with the New Jersey Devils but finished with..." June 28

  • Will Predators prove that trading P.K. Subban was worth it?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators made a bold move in trading P.K. Subban to the New Jersey Devils during draft weekend. While the initial package is downright pitiful, the logic is that it opens up space for future moves, with all signs pointing toward serious..." June 28

  • NHL free agency rumors: Matt Duchene drawing interest from Predators, Canadiens

    Newark Star-Ledger "Columbus Blue Jackets center Matt Duchene is one of the top NHL free agents available this summer, and the star forward has already drawn plenty of interest during this week’s interview period for teams and unrestricted free agents. After meeting with the..." June 27

  • Wayne Simmonds Drawing Interest As Free Agency Nears

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Things didn’t work out for Wayne Simmonds last season. After recording just 27 points through his first 62 games for the Philadelphia Flyers, he was flipped to the Nashville Predators at the deadline and absolutely fell off a cliff. In 17 games for the Predators, Simmonds..." June 26

  • Wayne Simmonds drawing interest as free agency nears

    Yardbarker "Things didn’t work out for Wayne Simmonds last season. After recording just 27 points through his first 62 games for the Philadelphia Flyers, he was flipped to the Nashville Predators at the deadline and absolutely fell off a cliff. In 17 games for the Predators, Simmonds recorded just..." June 25