Predators Rumors & News

  • Pekka Rinne encouraged by strong finish to season

    Tennessean "The final image of Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne's season was of him angrily cracking his stick against the post, hurling the broken remains into the corner as he stormed off the ice. Rinne's aggravation in that particular moment stemmed from the Predators' blowout Game 7 loss to the Sharks..." May 27

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Predators Contract Tracker gives fans what they want

    Sportsnet "A memo to the other 29 NHL teams: Follow the Nashville Predators‘ lead. In a salary cap world where so many teams refuse to reveal player salaries, and a few even keep term tight to the vest (dragging out the eye-roll-inducing “multi-year contract” phrase), the Predators have moved to the..." May 20

  • Predators working on Filip Forsberg contract extension

    The Score "Nashville Predators general manager David Poile updated the statuses of several pending free agents during his team's end-of-season press conference Wednesday, revealing that negotiations have begun on a contract extension for star forward Filip Forsberg. "The goal and intention is there on..." May 18

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Dan Lambert named new coach in Rochester, Randy Cunneyworth reassigned

    Die By The Blade "After a disappointing season for the Rochester Americans, the Buffalo Sabres have announced some changes down on the farm for next season. Dan Lambert has been named the new coach of the Amerks, while former head coach Randy Cunneyworth has been reassigned to a position in the team's department..." May 16

  • Predators Sign 2014 Third-Rounder Kirkland

    NHL.com "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed 2014 third round selection Justin Kirkland to a three-year, entry-level contract. Kirkland, 19 (8/2/96), amassed 67 points (31g-36a) in 69 games with the Western Hockey..." May 16

  • Predators' Ellis, Ekholm heading to worlds, but Weber unlikely

    The Score "A pair of Nashville Predators defensemen are bound for the World Championship. Ryan Ellis has been added to Canada's roster, the nation's governing body for hockey confirmed following a 5-0 win over Slovakia on Saturday. Mattias Ekholm told reporters Saturday that he will join Sweden at the..." May 14

  • Predators' Forsberg, Josi battled playoff injuries

    The Score "Playing injured in the Stanley Cup Playoffs isn't uncommon, just ask a pair of Nashville Predators stars. Regular-season leading scorer Filip Forsberg told reporters Saturday he suffered a back injury, and still isn't 100 percent healthy, while top-pairing defenseman Roman Josi played through a..." May 14

  • NHL prospect Jimmy Vesey has practiced patience

    Boston Globe "As a father and former NHL player, Jim Vesey has difficulty practicing patience when it comes to anticipating his son’s professional career. But as a father and former NHL player, Vesey understands a dream deferred has allowed his son to assume a powerful position. On May 26, Jimmy Vesey..." May 14

  • Sharks advance after dominating Predators in Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks ran the Nashville Predators out of the building on Thursday night, and right out of the playoffs as well. With goals from five different skaters -- all the big names, no less -- San Jose capped a second-round playoff victory with a 5-0 Game 7 thumping..." May 13

  • Predators' Rinne: 'This felt like our year'

    The Score "For Pekka Rinne, Thursday's Game 7 loss at the hands of the San Jose Sharks left heavy thoughts of what could have been. The 33-year-old saw his Nashville Predators reach the second round for the first time since 2011-12, but for Rinne it wasn't far enough." May 13

  • Predators earn another OT win, force Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Play, rest, play. Over and over, times 13. Worked harder than any NHL playoff team with 13 games in 25 days, plus four flights to California, the Nashville Predators earned something very valuable with their third elimination-game victory of the postseason Monday night:..." May 10

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Sharks move into series lead with 5-1 win

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks recovered fast from Thursday's triple-overtime loss for a decisive 5-1 win on Saturday night at SAP Center. The question now is can the Nashville Predators recover from the Game 5 disaster in time to save their season on Monday back at home? "It..." May 08

  • Predators outlast Sharks to tie series

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- How did Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher maintain the energy to play 37 minutes and 33 seconds of playoff hockey through Thursday night and early Friday morning? "Bananas, electrolytes and grapes," Fisher said. Vitamin C and liquid refreshment, teamed with a..." May 06

  • Ribeiro likely scratched, again, as Preds look to even series with Sharks

    Pro Hockey Talk "If it ain’t broke… We’ll spare you the rest, but the cliche does appear to be appropriate for the Predators — after getting their first series win against the Sharks with Mike Ribeiro healthy scratched two nights ago, the Preds look as though they’ll keep Ribeiro in the press box for tonight’s..." May 05

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Marcus Mariota: 'You've got to be a Predators fan'

    Tennessean "Marcus Mariota pulled the familiar “8” over his head, but the jersey was an unfamiliar color. Gold. The Tennessee Titans star quarterback stepped on the ice Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena and waved a rally towel to help hype the crowd before the Nashville Predators defeated the San Jose..." May 05

  • Predators pull out victory over Sharks

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Some might have assumed the Nashville Predators would wear an extra layer of pressure under their gold uniforms with a 2-0 series deficit staring them in the face prior to Game 3 Tuesday night. According to captain Shea Weber, those people assumed incorrectly. "We..." May 04

  • Pavelski sparks Sharks, who take 2-0 series lead on Predators

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks didn't win any style points Sunday night, but they won a playoff game they probably deserved to lose. Joe Pavelski's first goal of the series and sixth of the playoffs sparked San Jose to a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators. Joe Thornton's empty-net..." May 02

  • Predators recall Mazanec, raising questions about Rinne

    The Score "The Nashville Predators summoned goaltender Marek Mazanec from the AHL on Saturday night, leading to speculation about the health of starter Pekka Rinne. Rinne appeared to be in discomfort after allowing San Jose Sharks winger Joel Ward to score the go-ahead goal with about eight minutes..." May 01

  • Sharks open series with win over Predators

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sharks' patience and resolve were rewarded at about the same time the Predators' road luck ran out. Held scoreless for 40 minutes, the hosts exploded for five goals in the third period as San Jose beat Nashville 5-2 to open a second-round playoff series at SAP Center..." April 30

  • Radulov is playing in the NHL next year, says Radulov

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to multiple reports (including this one from Sport Express), on-again, off-again NHLer Alexander Radulov has confirmed he’ll be playing in the NHL next season. Radulov, who turns 30 in July, will be making his second North American comeback. The first came in 2012, when he returned to..." April 29

  • Predators send Ducks packing in Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After winning Game 6 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series Monday night, the Nashville Predators saw a message in their locker room: "Noon flight to Anaheim. Pack for six days." Colin Wilson, Paul Gaustad and Pekka Rinne ensured those instructions would..." April 28

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22

    NHL.com "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Uncharted terrirtory: Predators force Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Call it a new frontier for the Nashville Predators, one the Anaheim Ducks know all too well. Snapping a scoreless tie with second-period goals by Mattias Ekholm and James Neal, Nashville nursed its lead to the final horn in a 3-1 win over Anaheim on Monday night at..." April 25

  • Predators' Rinne: 'I'm getting outplayed'

    Tennessean "Late in the second period of the Predators' 5-2 loss to the Ducks in Game 5 on Saturday, Anaheim forward Ryan Garbutt forechecked hard, winning a battle along the end boards and stuffing the puck past Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne. Conversation on social media turned toward whether Garbutt's..." April 24

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Varlamov: Avalanche are ‘waiting’ on Radulov

    Pro Hockey Talk "Semyon Varlamov would love to have Alexander Radulov join the Colorado Avalanche for next season. The Avs’ starting goalie, over in Russia for the world championship, said so to Russian newspaper Sport Express." April 22

  • Ducks shut down Predators, even series 2-2

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With reporters surrounding him in the middle of the Anaheim Ducks' locker room, captain Ryan Getzlaf was asked if the home team would ever win a game in his team's Western Conference quarterfinal series with the Nashville Predators. "I hope it's us on Saturday," he..." April 21

  • Change in goal sparks Ducks to win in Nashville

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Frederik Andersen went down, but not out. So, too, did the Anaheim Ducks. With Andersen stopping all 27 shots he faced for his second career postseason shutout, Anaheim cut its Western Conference quarterfinal deficit against the Nashville Predators to 2-1 with a 3-0..." April 20

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • Predators head home with 2-0 lead over Ducks

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Nashville Predators are halfway to eliminating the preseason favorite for the Stanley Cup. Craig Smith and Shea Weber scored in the second period to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday in the second game of their Western..." April 18

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • Forsberg fluke the difference as Preds edge Ducks

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Exploiting mistakes can provide the key to success in the Stanley Cup playoffs, as the Nashville Predators demonstrated Friday night. Filip Forsberg scored with 9 minutes, 35 seconds to play to give the Predators a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in the first game of..." April 16

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

  • NHL refutes report that it’s banning fan-created GIFs

    Yahoo! Sports "Is the NHL about to ruin fans’ Playoff GIF Parties? Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reported on Tuesday that the “NHL is now not allowing anyone to post gifs. Huge news given playoffs are about to start.” Well, yes, it would be. This news was fueled by the ever-present concern about how..." April 12

  • Stars clinch top spot in West

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Jason Spezza only scored 17 goals for the Dallas Stars last season, his first in Dallas. However, with his seventh career hat trick in a 3-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday night at American Airlines Center, Spezza has almost doubled his total from last season with 33..." April 09

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    Mike Fisher, Shea Weber, Mike Ribeiro, Pekka Rinne and Roman Josi won't play tonight against Dallas.

  • Vesey says there's no favorite to sign him, father insists Leafs job won't impact choice

    The Score "Jimmy Vesey says no NHL team has the inside track to signing him, and his father doesn't expect his employment as a scout to affect his son's choice. The 22-year-old forward and his father, Jim Vesey, Sr., spoke to the media Friday for the first time since informing the Nashville Predators of..." April 09

  • Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey named 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner

    USCHO.com "Jimmy Vesey made his return for his senior season pay off with the Hobey Baker Award. Vesey, a Harvard senior who scored 24 goals and 46 points this season, was named the 2016 Hobey recipient Friday night at a ceremony at the Tampa Theatre. Vesey got the most votes from a 27-person selection..." April 09

  • Forsberg ties Predators single-season goal record with 33rd tally

    The Score "When Nashville Predators general manager David Poile traded for Filip Forsberg, he struck absolute gold. Poile snatched the 11th overall pick in 2012 from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta in April of 2013, a move that has paid huge dividends for the..." April 08

  • Predators celebrate records in OT win over Coyotes

    The Sports Xchange "By Bucky Dent, The Sports Xchange NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With nothing at stake except pride and contractual obligation, the Nashville Predators celebrated Thursday night's win as though it were one obtained in a more important game, such as the ones they'll play next week. Left winger..." April 07

  • Wayne Gretzky Laments Decline of Scoring (and Creativity) in N.H.L.

    New York Times "With 102 points in 80 games, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is poised to win the Art Ross Trophy as the N.H.L.’s top point scorer. His superlative season has evoked achievements from an earlier era. He is the first American-born player with a 100-point season in 20 years. His 26-game point..." April 06

  • Concussion case will get worse before better

    Sportsnet "A few of you have wondered (via Twitter) why I haven’t commented on the NHL email dump. It’s pretty simple: some of mine are included. I don’t have access to my old CBC correspondence. Tough to comment when you don’t know what’s there. The fight to unseal the documents is Lawyering 101, an..." April 05

  • Predators GM hopes Wilson uses scratch as 'wake-up call'

    Tennessean "The Predatorslost 5-2 to the Penguins on Thursday without forward Colin Wilson, who was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. It was a decision that was both intriguing and not entirely unexpected. Wilson, who scored a career-high 20 goals last season and signed a four-year contract..." April 01

  • Red-hot Penguins power past Predators

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Don't look now, all you playoff-bound NHL teams. The speeded-up and streaking Pittsburgh Penguins might be gaining on you. Phil Kessel scored Pittsburgh's first two goals and the surging Penguins neared their 10th consecutive playoff appearance, delaying the Nashville..." March 31