Predators Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Del Zotto becomes UFA after Preds don’t qualify him

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was not a good year for Michael Del Zotto. As a result, the 24-year-old defenseman will become an unrestricted free agent after the Nashville Predators decided against giving him a qualifying offer. Del Zotto started the season with the New York Rangers. However, not too long after his new..." June 30

  • James Neal deal could help Predators in free agency

    Tennessean "The Predators got their man this weekend. James Neal, who was acquired in a trade with the Penguins on Friday during the NHL Draft, will no doubt help Nashville's offense. Now the attention turns to free agents. Prior to the Neal deal, the Predators were not exactly an attractive option to..." June 29

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Preds GM David Poile confirms he had serious interest in dealing for Spezza but was told by Spezza camp he wouldn't go to Nashville

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    Predators are trying to trade Michael Del Zotto. #tvasports

  • James Neal traded to Predators for Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling "In the first big trade of the actual draft, the Nashville Predators acquired James Neal from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Patrick Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. We were promised big trades at the draft and one of the GMs in a new job (Pittsburgh's Jim Rutherford) delivered. Neal, who..." June 28

    2014 NHL Draft Day Rumors - Live Blog

    PSD Staff The 2014 NHL Entry Draft goes on Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia. While this year's NHL draft will certainly not be able to match the talent pool of Thursday's NBA Draft, or even most other NHL Drafts for that matter, there are still some extremely talented players available. The best part... June 28

  • Why is Jason Spezza no longer a Preds option?

    Tennessean "Ottawa's Jason Spezza will not be joining the Predators. Per a report by TSN's Darren Dreger earlier in the week, the playmaking center submitted his list of teams he would prefer to not be traded to. The Predators are on the list. It also includes all Canadian teams, as well as the Islanders,..." June 20

  • Predators set high price for trading first-round pick

    Tennessean "Predators general manager David Poile did not mince words about his first-round pick in the upcoming NHL Draft. He has been approached about Nashville’s selection — 11th overall — and is dangling it out there for a top-six, offensive-type forward. The draft is June 27-28 at..." June 17

  • Predators say they won't trade captain Shea Weber

    Toronto Sun "There are 30 NHL general managers who consider rock ’em, sock ’em blueliner Shea Weber to be the foundation of an NHL franchise. Unfortunately for the other 29, one of them is the Nashville Predators’ David Poile. And with trade rumours around the league accruing momentum with the NHL draft..." June 17

  • Predators name Vanderklok goaltending coach "Ben Vanderklok has been named goaltending coach of the Nashville Predators, the team announced Thursday. The native of Welland, Ontario served as the Predators assistant goaltending coach for the past five seasons. Since 2009, Vanderklok has worked with nearly every goalie within the..." June 13

  • Shea Weber not on trade market: Predators GM "Nashville Predators general manager David Poile is doing his best to put to rest any rumors that he might be looking to trade captain Shea Weber, who is a Norris Trophy finalist this season. "We're keeping him, we're building our franchise around him," Poile said from the NHL general managers'..." June 11

  • Preds submit bid for 2016 NHL All-Star Game

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nashville wants to host one of the NHL’s marquee events, and has submitted a bid to get it. According to The Tennessean, the Preds have thrown their hat the ring to host the NHL’s All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in either 2016, 2017, 2018 or 2019. Reports of the bids broke following a recent..." June 07

  • Predators re-sign goalie Carter Hutton

    Tennessean "The Predators appear set in goal for the next two seasons. Backup goaltender Carter Hutton was re-signed Monday to a two-year deal worth $700,000 in 2014-15 and $750,000 in 2015-16. Starter Pekka Rinne is under contract for the next seven years. The Predators signed Hutton last offseason on..." June 04