Predators Rumors & News

  • Snagging Predators castoff could become a coup for Rangers

    New York Post "Viktor Stalberg was just halfway through his contract with the Predators when they let him go this summer, buying out the remainder of his deal. For Nashville, saving money was assured. Reviving Stalberg’s career was less certain. Signed by the Predators to a four-year, $12 million contract..." September 30

  • Commissioner: No timetable for NHL expansion "The NHL continues to explore the possibility of expansion but no firm timetable has been set for the process, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the fall Board of Governors meeting. Earlier Tuesday, the Board's executive committee heard presentations from representatives from the Quebec..." September 30

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    Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten

    Coach Laviolette says defenseman Barret Jackman, who had an upper-body injury, likely to play in #Preds 2 remaining preseason games.

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva


  • Vegas odds for every NHL team’s playoff chances

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s often interesting to see how Vegas odds line up to your own expectations when it comes to the NHL (and various other interests, naturally). Brovada shared its odds for every single NHL team making the playoffs in 2015-16, and some of them provide some rather interesting insights. Here..." September 23

  • Preds captain Weber (dislocated kneecap) returns tonight

    Pro Hockey Talk "There will be a welcome sight for Preds fans in Wednesday’s tilt against Tampa — Shea Weber will be back in the lineup for the first time since dislocating his kneecap during Game 2 of last year’s opening-round playoff loss to the Blackhawks. Weber, who underwent surgery in the offseason, will..." September 23

  • Veteran G Mason retires, transitions to radio boot

    Pro Hockey Talk "Longtime NHL netminder Chris Mason has hung up his skates. Mason, 39, announced his retirement this week by revealing the next chapter in his career — starting this season, he’ll be providing color commentary for Nashville Predators radio broadcasts. “I am excited and happy to be back in..." September 22

  • Quebec and Las Vegas to officially discuss expansion with NHL’s executive committee

    Puck Drunk Love "NHL expansion is getting a bit more official. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN wrote that while it’s unlikely a decision on expansion will come this month, two prospective NHL expansion locations, Quebec and Las Vegas, will officially present to the league’s board executive committee later this..." September 17

  • Blackhawks remain favorites to win 2016 Stanley Cup

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks opened as early favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup just one week after capturing their third title in six years, and oddsmakers haven't wavered on that. In fact, Bovada slightly increased the Blackhawks' chances to 13/2 odds after initially pegging them at 7/1 in..." September 16

  • NHL players survey: 34 of 35 say they'd accept an openly gay teammate

    USA Today "The NHL never has had an openly gay player, but if a player does come out, he will be accepted, according to results of an anonymous survey conducted by USA TODAY Sports at the NHL/NHL Players' Association Media tour Sept. 8-9, 2015, in Toronto. Thirty-five NHL players were asked whether they..." September 16

  • NHL has instructed teams to play 3-on-3 hockey in preseason even if games aren't tied

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format begins this season and the league wants to make sure teams are ready for the change. In order to make sure teams have a chance to practice the concept in a competitive setting, the NHL has instructed all of their teams to play 3-on-3 hockey at least three times..." September 15

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    John Shannon @JSportsnet

    NHL will make move to Adidas official tomorrow. Replaces Reebok as sweater supplier.

  • Report: NHL introducing spotters to look for signs of concussion during games

    The Score "The National Hockey League appears to be taking steps toward improving its concussion protocol. The league will reportedly introduce spotters for every game this season, whose role will be to determine visible signs of concussion among players, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA. The spotter..." September 14

  • Cody Franson on his free-agent nightmare, faith in agent

    Yahoo! Sports "Cody Franson didn’t have time to think of his still unrestricted free agent status on his 28th birthday. Instead, he tried to relax at his family’s annual fish fry at their home in Sicamous, B.C. on Aug. 8. “We get all our family friends up with people who we’re close to back home. We have them..." September 13

  • Bettman: overwhelmingly players do the right thing

    Pro Hockey Talk "This off-season presents a slew of bad headlines for the NHL, something its players and commissioner both notice. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with some of the league’s biggest movers and shakers to find out how they feel about these situations. In the case of the players, stars like Tyler..." September 12

  • Predators have high hopes for goalie prospect Juuse Saros

    Tennessean "Pekka Rinne represents the present for the Predators in goal, but his countryman Juuse Saros could be their future. Saros, Nashville's 2013 fourth-round draft pick, combined with Rinne on the Finnish team during May's IIHF World Championship tournament to set a modern-day shutout record by..." September 11

  • Cody Franson To Sign With Buffalo

    The Hockey Writers "Defenseman Cody Franson has finally found a new home for the upcoming season. After waiting all summer for a deal with an NHL club, the 28-year old blue liner will sign a contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Franson’s deal with Buffalo will be for..." September 10

  • World Cup of Hockey announces schedule, format

    Sportsnet "The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have announced the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. The two-week tournament, featuring eight teams and more than 150 NHL players, will progress from the preliminary round to the..." September 09

  • NHL players look ahead to World Cup – and, hopefully, future Olympics

    The Globe and Mail "Sidney Crosby is not certain if NHL players will be able to compete in future Olympics, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star would surely like to. The league has yet to decide if it will send players to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, or to Beijing in 2022. Concerns include the vast..." September 09

  • How hockey analytics forecast future success and failure

    TSN "One of the big reasons hockey analytics have really exploded in recent years is their ability to forecast mean reversion well in advance of the rest of the industry. The two most prominent examples of that were the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings and the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs. That Kings team..." September 03

  • 2015-16 NHL trade deadline set for February 29

    CBS Sports "Well, mark your calendars, folks. The National Hockey League has set its trade deadline for the 2015-16 hockey season and it falls on a rather odd day according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The last day NHL teams will be able to make trades in the upcoming season is February 29, 2016 at 3 p.m...." September 02

  • Barret Jackman feels 'like a rookie again' after signing with Predators

    The Score "Barret Jackman has a new lease on his hockey life. When it became apparent that the St. Louis Blues would not renew his contract upon its expiry earlier this summer, Jackman, for the first time in his career, explored his options on the open market, and landed with division-rival Nashville..." August 29

  • NHL free agent class of 2016 strong

    TSN "With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman. Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to..." August 25

  • Who's the best player in the NHL for 2015-16?

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hockey News released its 2015-16 NHL Yearbook, which our own Sean Leahy carries around like a kid at seminary school clutching his Testaments. Within its pages is the annual Top 50 player ranking, and SwissHabs has captured part of the list for 2015-16; we’re guessing it caught their eye..." August 19

  • Adidas lands NHL jersey deal

    TSN "The National Hockey League appears poised for radical changes to its team jerseys in the wake of a deal that may pave the way for advertising on team uniforms. Adidas has won a long-term deal to make uniforms for the 30 NHL teams, beginning in the 2016-17 season. Adidas takes over from its..." August 17

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12

  • NHL unveils ‘historic’ digital media rights deal with MLBAM

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a way, baseball will power the way hockey fans consume a ton of digital NHL-related media going forward. More specifically, MLBAM will be doing the heavy lifting, as the NHL announced a “historic” six-year deal with the service, which also apparently powers streaming services for companies..." August 04

  • Don Sweeney confirms Bruins in talks with free-agent defenseman Cody Franson

    The Score "As the Boston Bruins look forward to hosting the Winter Classic, the team's 2015-16 roster may not yet be set. While attending a press conference at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney was asked whether he is indeed in talks with free-agent defenseman Cody Franson,..." July 30

  • New big NHL contracts appear to have protection from potential upcoming lockout

    TSN "NHL lockout. It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day. Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign. While another hockey work..." July 29

  • Predators sign Colin Wilson to a four-year contract "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed restricted free agent Colin Wilson to a four-year, $15.75 million contract. Wilson will be paid $3.75 million in 2015-16, then $4 million in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 for an..." July 27

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Wilson (NASH) asks $4.25M. Team offers $3M

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25

  • Predators sign Jack Dougherty to entry-level contract

    Tennessean "The Predators signed 2014 second-round draft pick Jack Dougherty to a three-year, entry-level contract Friday. The 19-year-old defenseman is expected to play for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League next season." July 25

  • Post expansion, could NHL realign with eight divisions?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After the NHL received just two bids for expansion teams — one for Las Vegas, the other for Quebec City, but nothing for Seattle or Portland — could the league be headed for another realignment? From the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek: When the NHL last realigned, the commitment was only..." July 22

  • Can young NHLers be trusted?

    TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22

  • Predators, Craig Smith pleased with new contract

    Tennessean "As the Predators negotiated with restricted free agent forward Craig Smith, there was a mutually held belief that the two sides would agree to a new contract. They really had no choice, since an arbitrator would make a decision for them if they couldn't reach one themselves. "At the time, it..." July 22

  • B’s among five or six teams in on Franson, who’s ‘sick of doing one-year deals’

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the biggest fish left in free agency says more than a few lines have been cast his way. Cody Franson, the 27-year-old UFA defenseman that’s still yet to sign, says he’s been speaking with five or six teams about possibly signing — a group that includes the Boston Bruins. “With the..." July 21

  • Quebecor submits expansion bid for NHL franchise in Quebec City

    The Score "The company hoping to bring NHL hockey back to Quebec City has formally applied for an expansion franchise. Quebecor, the media conglomerate that operates Sun Media, TVA, Videotron, and Canoe, confirmed the bid in a brief statement Monday. A new arena in Quebec City, the Videotron Centre,..." July 20

  • Predators, Craig Smith agree to five-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Nashville Predators and forward Craig Smith agreed to a five-year contract worth $21.25 million. The two sides had an arbitration meeting Monday and were able to come to terms on a new deal." July 20

  • Lack of cap room has made for ‘really difficult’ summer for some free agents

    Columbus Dispatch "It's been nearly three weeks since NHL free agency opened, and there are still plenty of good players on the market. There will be a second wave of signings, but one longtime NHL agent told The Dispatch that the market has never been this stagnant. "It's tough," the agent said. "There are..." July 20

  • Predators, Craig Smith nearly $2M apart in contract talks

    The Score "Nashville Predators forward Craig Smith is reportedly asking for $4.75 million per year, while the team is offering only $3 million, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports. Smith made $2 million last season. He has an arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday if the two sides are unable to come..." July 18

  • Mike Riberio settles sexual assault case

    Nashville Post "Predators forward Mike Ribeiro and his wife have settled out-of-court with a former nanny who made graphic sexual assault claims against the 35-year-old center, some of which allegedly occurred when she was a teenager. The court-appointed mediator filed a report with the court late Wednesday..." July 16

  • Ex-Predator Matt Cullen 'excited' for 18th NHL season

    Tennessean "When former Predators forward Matt Cullen's season ended in April, he was in no rush to make a decision on his future. The veteran returned to his Minnesota home, where he spent time with his three young sons and relaxed by the lake. As the 38-year-old Cullen recovered from the rigors of..." July 15

  • Top 15 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped..." July 14

  • Predators trade Taylor Beck to Maple Leafs

    Tennessean "The Predators traded forward Taylor Beck to the Maple Leafs for minor-league forward Jamie Devane, the team announced late Sunday afternoon. In his first full NHL season, Beck scored eight goals and totaled 16 points in a fourth-line role. He was one of three Predators forwards that filed for..." July 13

  • Jimmy Vesey's plan: Harvard now, Predators later

    Tennessean "This past spring, Jimmy Vesey wrestled with an understandably difficult decision. The high-scoring prospect, who led the country with 32 goals last season, could either forgo his senior season at Harvard and join the Predators during their playoff push or remain in school and complete his..." July 10

  • Ducks, Capitals stand out as teams with best salary cap situations

    CBS Sports "When you're a good team in the NHL over an extended period of time it is inevitable that the salary cap is going to become an issue. The Chicago Blackhawks are still experiencing that this offseason (again), whiles teams like Pittsburgh, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Vancouver and San Jose..." July 09

  • Predators prospect Vesey opts to stay in school "Forward Jimmy Vesey feels that earning a degree from Harvard University will provide him with plenty of future opportunities outside of hockey, even though it pushed back his chance to make the Nashville Predators. When the Predators selected Vesey in the third round (No. 66) in the 2012 NHL..." July 09

  • Predators' Cody Hodgson feels Nashville is perfect fit

    Tennessean "Credit a Belmont student with helping recruit new Predators center Cody Hodgson to Nashville. OK, that's a slight exaggeration. Credit Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan for getting the center to decide to wear the gold, navy and white uniform. OK, that's a bigger..." July 09