Predators Rumors & News

  • Predators' Filip Forsberg among top NHL rookies

    Tennessean "The Filip Forsberg factor on the Predators' scoresheet is evident through the first six games this season. He's second among NHL rookies in scoring (1 goal, 4 assists) and has played well enough to be moved back to the top line with center Mike Ribeiro and winger James Neal. "Mike is a..." October 23

  • Preds beat Coyotes 4-3 in shootout

    Tennessean "The Predators' streak of gaining a point in the standings in every game this season continued Tuesday night against the Arizona Coyotes. This time it came in the form of a 4-3 shootout victory at Bridgestone Arena, the first shootout win for the Predators this season. Derek Roy and Ryan..." October 22

  • Toews scores in OT as Blackhawks top Predators

    CSN Chicago "For a while, it was looking like Wednesday night all over again. The Chicago Blackhawks had a ton of shots on Saturday, this time against the Nashville Predators, but not much to show for it. They had a lot of power plays for the second consecutive game — five, after seven on Wednesday — and..." October 19

  • Predators shut out Jets

    Tennessean "James Neal's first goal as a Predator came at a key moment during Friday's 2-0 victory over Winnipeg. His score with 12:29 remaining in the third period gave Nashville insurance as the Jets were pressing for a tying goal in their home opener at MTS Centre. Filip Forsberg assisted on the..." October 18

  • Ramo’s highlight-reel save keys Flames’ shootout win over Predators

    Calgary Herald "Joe Colborne made it clear who deserved the credit in a 3-2 shootout win over the Nashville Predators. Yes, the lanky Calgarian had netted the lone goal on Pekka Rinne — a carry-over level of success in from the 2013-14 season which saw Colborne net four of nine shootout attempts. And prior..." October 15

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    John Shannon @JSportsnet

    Friday, the NHL will announce Nashville as host city of the 2016 All-star Game.

  • Style of play suits Predators just fine

    Tennessean "Predators coach Peter Laviolette and Stars coach Lindy Ruff are no strangers to NHL competition — or each other. They have a lengthy competitive history as head coaches in the Eastern Conference and will meet five times this season as Central Division rivals. So the style of Saturday's game..." October 12

  • Predators beat Stars for second win

    Tennessean "The Predators found a way to finish for the second straight game. Paul Gaustad and Eric Nystrom scored 81 seconds apart midway through the third period to give the Predators a 4-1 victory over Dallas on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. "It's something where we don't want to start from..." October 12

  • Predators rally to beat Senators 3-2 in opener

    Tennessean "The Predators needed a couple of periods and a pair of power plays to find the offensive spark in Thursday night's season opener against Ottawa at Bridgestone Arena. Eric Nystrom provided the eventual game-winning goal midway through the third period in the Predators' 3-2 victory, Peter..." October 10

  • NHL's fighters finding themselves unemployed

    USA Today "Unemployed NHL tough guy Krys Barch fondly recalls a few seasons ago when he was considered essential to the Dallas Stars, especially against a fighting team like the Boston Bruins. "We had Sean Avery and we had a bunch of line brawls," he said. "I've probably fought Shawn Thornton 10 or 12..." October 09

  • Top 10 NHL breakout candidates for the 2014-15 season

    Sports-Kings "Every year, there’s a crop of new faces that make their mark on the NHL landscape. In the upcoming season, these 10 players should breakout and put their name on the hockey map. Honorable mentions: LW Sam Bennett, Calgary Flames; C Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; D Jamie Oleksiak, Dallas..." October 08

  • Predators test goaltenders with shootout drills

    Tennessean "It took a game of paper-rock-scissors in the locker room to figure out which goalie was on the winning team of Friday's competition at Predators practice. And the winning team earned a prize: lunch on the losing team. The highlight of the competition was a shootout, with Pekka Rinne and..." October 04

  • Preds send ’14 first-rounder Fiala back to Sweden

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators got their active roster down to 25 players on Friday, sending 2014 first-round selection Kevin Fiala back to HV-71 of the Swedish league in the process. Fiala, the 11th overall pick at this year’s draft, had some solid moments during preseason action but was always a..." October 03

  • Predators sign Taylor Beck to one-year contract

    On The Forecheck "The last of the loose ends has been tied up, as the Predators announced this afternoon that the team has signed Taylor Beck to a one-year contract worth $550,000. Five players need to be axed before the season opener on October 9th. Nashville has only one more preseason game left to play, so..." October 01

  • Complete Preview for the Nashville Predators' 2014-15 Season

    Bleacher Report "For the first time since the franchise entered the NHL way back in 1998-99, Barry Trotz will not be behind the bench of the Nashville Predators. For 15 years Trotz was at the helm, but Stanley Cup champion bench boss Peter Laviolette, formerly of the Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes..." September 30

  • Nashville Predators Agree to Terms with Defenseman Ryan Ellis "Nashville, Tenn. (September 25, 2014) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Ryan Ellis. Full contract terms will follow on Friday, when Ellis is expected to arrive in..." September 25

  • Predators' Viktor Stalberg out 2-4 weeks with lower-body injury "The Nashville Predators may be without forward Viktor Stalberg when the season opens in two weeks. The veteran forward is out 2-4 weeks after suffering what the team is calling a lower-body injury during practice Monday. Of all the players on the Predators roster, Stalberg may be one that..." September 25

  • Watson hopes to convince Predators he's NHL ready

    Tennessean "First-round picks face high expectations, but in hockey it's rare that a player can step in immediately and perform at the sport's highest level. Austin Watson, who heard his name called in the first round of the 2010 draft, is hoping to make that stride now with the Predators. The 22-year-old..." September 24

  • Predators' Poile addresses Ellis, Beck contracts

    Tennessean "Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile addressed the contract situations for unsigned restricted free agents Ryan Ellis and Taylor Beck Saturday at Predators training camp. There have been discussions of varying contract lengths in the Ellis negotiations and the main stumbling block..." September 21

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    Craig Custance @CraigCustance

    Another RFA negotiation going nowhere is D Ryan Ellis in Nashville. 27 points last year. Unless something changes, he'll miss start of camp.

  • Predators holding rookie showcase at Ford Ice Center

    Tennessean "The first step toward the 2014-15 season for the Predators has arrived. The rookies will scrimmage against first-year counterparts from the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers in the Nashville Predators Rookie Tournament. The four-day event, which begins Saturday, is..." September 13

  • Pekka Rinne happy to have hip woes behind him

    Tennessean "Pekka Rinne looked like a brand new goaltender on Tuesday at Centennial Sportsplex. Wearing shiny, unused pads, he stretched and moved as he tried to break in the leather mesh for the first time on the ice. Rinne’s new pads were more metaphorical than stylish. After two major hip operations..." September 10

  • James Neal's unique shot gives Predators a new weapon

    USA Today "Predators forward James Neal blasted down the wing, skated in on Carter Hutton and quickly zipped a wrist shot high to the goaltender's glove side for a goal. Granted, it happened during informal, player-run drills, but it offered a glimpse into what Neal — a former 40-goal scorer acquired from..." September 06

  • Barry Trotz looks forward, but keeps eye on Predators

    Tennessean "Barry Trotz has followed the Predators this offseason. He has analyzed their additions and formed his own critiques, but he plans on keeping them to himself. "I'll get to see how that plays out," the Washington Capitals coach said via phone. "I don't look back. I just look forward." From the..." September 02

  • Predators got value in James Neal trade

    Tennessean "Normally when a team trades for a big-name player, it takes on extra salary. It's the price you pay for adding an elite athlete. Strangely, when the Predators traded for forward James Neal from Pittsburgh, it proved a salary dump to some degree. Former forward Nick Spaling will make $2.2..." August 20

  • Lavy to stick with just two assistants in Nashville

    Pro Hockey Talk "In 2006, Peter Laviolette led Carolina to the Stanley Cup employing a pair of assistant coaches — Kevin McCarthy and Jeff Daniels. This season, he’s hoping to do much of the same in Nashville. The Preds won’t add a third assistant to Laviolette’s staff for this season, according to The..." August 15

  • Fisher on target for late-November return

    Pro Hockey Talk "Versatile Nashville center Mike Fisher likely won’t return from his torn Achilles tendon until late November, GM David Poile said on Wednesday. “He’s working out on a regular basis here,” Poile explained, per The Tennessean. “Everything is tracking to date, but the bottom line is still a four-..." August 14

  • Ryan Ellis, Predators still seeking common ground

    Tennessean "With the Predators and Ryan Ellis, it simply comes down to money. The 23-year-old defenseman is the lone remaining restricted free agent from last year's roster who has not come to contract terms. He is coming off a three-year, $4.5 million entry-level deal. General manager David Poile..." August 14

  • Predators to stick with two on-bench assistant coaches

    Tennessean "The Predators will go into the season with two on-bench assistant coaches. After Peter Laviolette was hired to replace Barry Trotz as head coach, there was some thought he would have three assistants – Kevin McCarthy, Phil Housley and Lane Lambert. Lambert then left to work for Trotz with..." August 13

  • Predators, Ryan Ellis still 'a ways apart' on new contract "Like a few teams around the NHL, the Nashville Predators are having a hard time getting one of their promising restricted free agents under contract. Defenseman Ryan Ellis is still in need of a new deal after finishing out the last year of his entry-level contract last season. According to Preds..." August 12

  • Would it make sense for Nashville to trade Weber?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Shea Weber is the face of the Predators’ franchise, the team captain, and one of the best defensemen in the league. So why would they trade him? If you asked Predators GM David Poile, his response would be rather simple: We wouldn’t. “We’re keeping him, we’re building our franchise around..." August 11

  • Michael Del Zotto signs 1-year deal with Flyers

    Broad Street Hockey "The Flyers have signed defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a one-year contract worth $1.3 million, the team announced late Tuesday afternoon. Contact terms via TSN. We discussed the potential of signing Del Zotto in a post just a few hours ago, and here's basically what we settled on: MDZ had a..." August 06

  • Former NHLer Cote sentenced 30 months in jail for bank robberies

    Pro Hockey Talk "Former NHL enforcer Patrick Cote will be spending up to the next 30 months behind bars after being sentenced for his role in a pair of bank robberies. According to CJAD radio in Montreal, Cote, 39, confessed to robbing two banks in Quebec – one in Brossard and the other in Saint Constant. As..." July 28

  • Former NHLer confesses to robbing two banks in Quebec

    CJAD "A former NHL player has been sent to prison for 30 months after confessing to a pair of bank robberies on the South Shore. 39-year old Patrick Cote caught the eye of police in May when the car he was driving broke down in Candiac. When the patrol officers realized the car had been reported..." July 23

  • Evander Kane makes little sense for Predators

    Tennessean "If the Predators want to get more offensive via trade, there's one more player out there who could help them. Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets is a young scorer who would complement first-line winger James Neal on the second line. If character wasn't an issue, Kane, a former 30-goal scorer who..." July 22

  • After a decade, Preds finally draft another Russian player in Kamenev

    Pro Hockey Talk "It took the Nashville Predators a decade to draft another Russian-born player after Alex Radulov - a player who seemed to leave the franchise with some serious baggage – but they finally did so with second-rounder (42nd overall) Vladislav Kamenev. The Tennessean takes an interesting look at the..." July 21

  • Nashville Predators Sign Mike Ribeiro to a One-Year Contract "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million contract. “Mike is a talented veteran center who has produced offensively everywhere he has played,” Poile said...." July 15

  • Nashville Predators Sign Derek Roy to a One-Year Contract "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Derek Roy to a one-year, $1 million contract. “Derek brings us added depth, playmaking ability and experience at center, helping complement our young,..." July 15

  • Predators ponder best path for prospect Kevin Fiala

    Tennessean "With Kevin Fiala and the Predators, it's patience vs. excitement, skill vs. maturity. Most importantly, it's weighing whether the 18-year-old forward can come in immediately and produce, or whether he should be given more time to mature. "Could he play, like a lot of other 18-year-olds?..." July 11

  • Mattias Ekholm, Predators not going to arbitration

    Tennessean "The Predators and defenseman Mattias Ekholm have come to terms on a two-year, $2.075 million, one-way contract. Last season as a rookie, Ekholm had one goal and eight assists for nine points. He was a minus-8 and averaged 16:09 of ice time." July 09

  • Anthony Bitetto re-signs with Predators

    Tennessean "The Predators continued to bolster their young defensive depth by re-signing 2010 sixth- round pick Anthony Bitetto to a one-year, two-way contract. It's worth $605,000 at the NHL level and $60,000 at the AHL level. The Oceanside, N.Y., native had 36 points in 73 games last season with..." July 08

  • Predators lose Mike Fisher, sign Anton Volchenkov

    CBC Sports "The Nashville Predators said on Monday that Mike Fisher suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during a training session. Fisher, 34, underwent surgery and is expected out four to six weeks. The centre scored 20 goals and 29 assists in 75 regular season games, with a minus-4 rating, four..." July 08

  • Jokinen ‘wanted to start playing tomorrow’ after talk with Laviolette

    Pro Hockey Talk "When the Nashville Predators signed Olli Jokinen to a one-year contract, it gave the Preds an offensive player up the middle the team was sorely lacking. While the Preds aren’t exactly a team known for its goal scoring, Jokinen said there was one major factor that led him to sign there: New..." July 06

  • James Neal expects fresh start with Predators

    Tennessean "New Predators winger James Neal understands that he needs an image reboot in Nashville. Known as gruff, being difficult to deal with, and even a risk on the ice during his four years in Pittsburgh, Neal comprehends that he needs to make some changes to both his game and his attitude. “Your..." July 05

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    Ken Campbell @THNKenCampbell

    With a day to go, J. Reimer, C. Franson, M. Bartkowski and M. Ekholm have filed for arb. Teams have filed for R. O'Reilly, M. Frolik.

  • Nashville Predators Sign Joe Piskula to a One-Year Contract "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Joe Piskula to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 at the AHL level. Piskula, 29 (7/5/84), played a pair of games for the..." July 05

  • Predators watch division foes dive into free agency

    Tennessean "The goal for the Predators at the start of free agency Tuesday was simple: land a first-line center to play with newly acquired winger James Neal. That didn't happen. While the rest of the Central Division dived into free agency, the Predators stood pat. But they aren't worrying yet. "To me..." July 02

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Olli Jokinen signs a $2.5M, one-year deal with #preds, per @RealKyper.

  • Flyers nearly traded Lecavalier to Preds

    CSN Philly "The Flyers almost had a deal to unload Vinny Lecavalier at the NHL draft this past weekend with the Florida Panthers -- it didn't happen. And, on Monday, the Flyers nearly had a deal with Nashville that would have seen the Predators take Lecavalier's $4.5 million salary off the Flyers'..." July 01

  • Pressure’s on Poile to add a top center in Nashville

    Pro Hockey Talk "David Poile needs a top center to skate with newly acquired winger James Neal. He knows it. Everyone knows it. It’s just not clear how — or if — he’ll be able to do it. The Predators’ general manager has already tried to pick Jason Spezza out of Ottawa, only for Spezza to nix the..." June 30