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PREDATORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #18 James Neal

The sign times were changing in Nashville. Once Peter Laviolette was hired, the system was going to be tweaked for a more offensive flair. The first step to this organizational turning point came on the day of the 2014 NHL draft when David Poile traded away the net front presence  of Patric Hornqvist and utility man Nick Spaling for the sniper James Neal.   This team was serious...
Via The Predatorial
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Predators sign forward Austin Watson to 2-year contract

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed forward Austin Watson to a two-year contract. Watson's contract includes a two-way deal for 2015-16 that pays him $575,000 when he's in the NHL and $100,000 when he's in the American Hockey League. Watson will have a one-way, $575,000 contract in 2016-17. The Predators announced the deal Monday. The 23-year-old Watson scored...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators offseason update

The 2015 NHL Draft has officially come to a close and the Nashville Predators are still attempting to bring back much of last year’s roster that brought such success. The Predators kicked off the off-season strong by making sure that center Mike Fisher does not hit the free agency market. The team locked up Fisher with a 2 year, $8.8 million dollar deal. Fisher scored 19 goals...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators draft four centers, seven overall at 2015 NHL Entry Draft

With the speculation abound that the Predators could try and move back into the first round of the draft, nothing ever seemed to come of it. Neither was the case for Nashville to make any sort of splash on the trade market, either. All in all, it was a very quiet and laid back weekend for the Preds. A bit different from last year when Nashville made plenty of noise, trading for forward...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators re-sign Mike Fisher

For the Nashville Predators, draft day wasn’t just about acquiring new players, it was also about maintaining ties with the old players. On June 26th, the Nashville Predators’ front office announced that Mike Fisher had signed a two-year deal worth $8.8 million. Fisher’s contract also includes a no-trade clause. Locking up the 35-year-old forward was certainly key for the Predators’...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Poile Offers Contract to Ribeiro, Comes Under Fire

On the eve of the NHL Draft, a report came out that GM David Poile had offered a contract to unrestricted free agent Mike Ribeiro, the team’s number one center a season ago. While the terms of the proposal are unclear (it was rejected), what IS certain is the response from fans being appalled at the very thought he would ...
Via Predneck Nation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Prednecknation Radio Summer Edition

Crazy Charlie & Dan Bradley Talk Nashville Predators & offseason moves – a ton of Summer Hockey Info for the masses!   https://soundcloud.com/nashsportsradio/prednecknation-radio-6-23-15
Via Predneck Nation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #15 Craig Smith

A prototypical top six forward who continues to be a model of consistency. With so many new storylines coming out of the bounce back year for the team, one remained the same. Craig Smith puts the puck in the net on a regular basis.   An outstanding freshman year in 2011-2012 did see a regression the following season, but the last two have been excellent. Smith notched 24 goals in...
Via The Predatorial
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #14 Mattias Ekholm

He’s not the first name that comes up when describing the Nashville defense core, but Ekholm has taken strides to be a top player at his position. A consistent presence on the left side of the second defensive pair this past year allowed him to perform at a new level. The 25 year old Swede has put all the physical attributes together to round a complete game on both sides of the...
Via The Predatorial
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nanny provides new details of alleged assault by Ribeiro

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A woman accusing Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro of sexually assaulting her has provided more details in an amended complaint. The complaint filed Thursday in the Eastern District of the U.S. District Court in Texas says the then-18-year-old woman was asked to help the Ribeiro family settle into their new Virginia home in August 2012 after working as...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators sign goalie Juuse Saros of Finland to 3-year deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Juuse Saros to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Finland native expected to play in North America next season. The Predators announced the deal Tuesday. Saros, 20, was the 99th selection in the 2013 draft by Nashville. He ranked in the top five of HPK's 60 Finnish Elite League this season with six shutouts...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators: Why re-signing Mike Ribeiro is a priority this offseason

Mike Ribeiro was a new name to the lineup of the Nashville Predators to begin the season. The center was picked up by the Predators as they bought out his contract from the Arizona Coyotes. By the end of the season, Ribeiro was an integral part of the Predators’ offense, producing 62 points (15G, 47A), good for second most points among his team. The front office of the Nashville...
Via isportsweb.com
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Rumor: The Avalanche may be pursuing KHL star Alexander Radulov

In a recent article by the Denver Post’s Mike Chambers profiling the Colorado Avalanches possible pursuit of SEL leading scorer Derek Ryan, he dropped an interesting tidbit about a move which would make a big impact if it came into fruition, stating “I do believe the Avs are trying to sign/have signed Russian F Alexander Radulov.” For those not familiar with Radulov, he’s...
Via Puck Drunk Love
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators “probably not” going to sign Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli

It looks like the Nashville Predators weren’t too happy with the trade they made with the Toronto Maple Leafs which brought Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the team back in February. The Predators sent a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Olli Jokinen and prospect Brendan Leipsic to acquire the duo in a late effort to improve Nashville’s Cup chances. Things didn...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Andrei Kostitsyn wants to return to the NHL

A familiar name is reportedly interested in returning to the NHL. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, Andrei Kostitsyn is looking to come back to the NHL after spending the last four seasons skating in the KHL. Though he’s interested in a return, Kostitsyn is only pursuing a one-year contract. Andrei Kostitsyn wants to return to the NHL after four years in Russia. Believed...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Game Preview – Portland Thunder (3-4) At Orlando Predators (4-4)

The Portland Thunder, fresh off a win against the Los Angeles KISS, head to Orlando in search of their first road win of the season on Saturday, May 23. The Thunder are 3-0 against the worst two scoring defenses in the league and 0-4 against the rest of their schedule … which happens to have contained the top four defenses in the league. The Predators are the third-worst scoring...
Via Oregon Sports News
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 5 Offseason Moves For The Predators

View image | gettyimages.com It was yet again a disappointing playoffs for the Predators. This is a big offseason as some big name players that are free agents. They should have almost $29 million in cap space so some changes sure will be made. Here are the top 5 they need to make in the offseason. 5. Sign a winger who can shoot… maybe two. The have alot of playmakers but they...
Via Beyond The Benches
May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Pekka Rinne Sets Modern Day World Championship Shutout Record

After an astounding three straight shutouts heading into Monday’s game against Belarus,  Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has officially become the modern day shutout record holder at the World Championships, breaking the previous record after keeping the puck out for 206 minutes and 27 seconds. A year after winning the top goaltender award at the 2014 World Championships...
Via The Hockey House
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Juuse Saros Continues Finnish Shutout Streak, Take Down Slovakia 3-0

Finland’s incredible shutout streak continued today, as a 22 save shutout by tournament rookie Juuse Saros helped lead Finland to a 3-0 victory. As expected, the Finns began to pester the Slovaks early. With the chance that potentially just one of these two would end up making the quarter-finals, Finland worked hard early on to secure the first goal. Jan Laco seems to enjoy having...
Via The Hockey House
May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators’ Pekka Rinne Gets Puck Stuck In Pads For The Longest Time (Video)

Pekka Rinne doesn’t just save pucks. He makes them disappear. The Nashville Predators goaltender was his usual stellar self in Game 4 of his team’s Stanley Cup playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks. With under six minutes remaining in the first overtime period, however, Rinne took his talents a bit too far. After trying to clear a puck behind the net, Rinne somehow managed...
Via NESN.com
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Pekka Rinne delays OT searching for puck in equipment (Video)

  Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne was caught in an unusual situation when the puck got lost in his equipment, forcing a delay in overtime of Tuesday night's Game 4 against Chicago.Rinne went to stop the puck behind his net after the Blackhawks sent it down along the boards, but the puck disappeared as Rinne returned to the net. This led to some hilarious scenes as...
Via Holdout Sports
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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