Predators Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Top 14 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 up...." July 07

  • 23 Players Elect Salary Arbitration "Twenty-three players have elected Salary Arbitration: Arizona Coyotes Mikkel Boedker Phil Samuelsson Brendan Shinnimin Buffalo Sabres Phil Varone Calgary Flames Lance Bouma Paul Byron Josh Jooris Colorado Avalanche Andrew Agozzino Mathew Clark Detroit Red..." July 06

  • Predators confident bolstered roster can compete

    Tennessean "Within the first few hours of the NHL's free-agency period, Predators general manager David Poile was done shopping. Following years of major roster renovations, Poile felt that only slight alterations were necessary. "We improved the team by keeping the team together," he said Wednesday...." July 04

  • Kostitsyn hoping for another chance in NHL

    Sportsnet "It’s a long shot. It might even be longer than that. But the odds haven’t kept Andrei Kostitsyn from clamouring for an opportunity to return to the NHL. He isn’t picky about where it happens. He’s willing to sign a cap-friendly, one-year deal. All he’s really asking for is a chance. “I’m..." July 04

  • Predators re-sign Gabriel Bourque to 1-year contract

    Tennessean "The Predators re-signed one of their restricted free agents Thursday morning, announcing that forward Gabriel Bourque accepted his one-year, $866,250 qualifying offer. Bourque appeared in 69 games last season, scoring three goals and 13 points in a predominantly fourth-line role. He had been..." July 02

  • Rangers Acquire Magnus Hellberg from Predators

    Blueshirt Banter "With Mackenzie Skapski out of the picture until November or December, the Rangers pulled the trigger on a deal for minor league goaltender Magnus Hellberg (yes, that is his name). Hellberg is currently an RFA and joins Desjardins and Skapski as the goalies competing for starts in Hartford with the..." July 02

  • Jackman leaves Blues, signs with Nashville

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Barret Jackman is leaving St. Louis, but he isn’t going very far. Blues fans already were aware that the club wasn’t expected to re-sign Jackman, 34, who became an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday, unless there weren’t any other attractive offers that came his way On the first day that..." July 02

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    The #preds get Max Reinhart from Calgary for a conditional fourth-round pick.

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    Frank Seravalli @frank_seravalli

    Cody Hodgson has agreed to a one-year deal in Nashville. Working on terms. #TSN

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Barrett Jackman has signed in nashville

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Shea Weber receives a $13M signing bonus from the #preds today.

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    Aaron Ward @TSNAaronWard

    Mike Ribeiro headed back to Nashville on a 2 year deal with an AAV 3.5M #TSN

  • Predators waiting on Mike Ribeiro's response

    Tennessean "The NHL's free-agency period opens at 11 a.m. Wednesday, and the Predators face a decision regarding forward Mike Ribeiro. General manager David Poile said Tuesday that he gave Ribeiro a firm deadline to accept Nashville's latest offer or the team would move in another direction. "We have..." July 01

  • Barret Jackman signs 2-year deal with Predators

    Sportsnet "Free agent defenceman Barret Jackman has signed a two-year deal with the Nashville Predators worth $4 million. " July 01

  • Nashville Predators re-sign Mike Ribeiro, dodge free agency

    Sportsnet "One of the most productive forwards believed to be available as an unrestricted free agent will not hit the open market. After gauging interest from competing teams, Mike Ribeiro decided to re-sign with the Nashville Predators Wednesday, inking a two-year deal worth $7 million." July 01

  • Leafs, Flames among teams in on Franson?

    TSN "Leading up to the open of free agency on Wednesday, Cody Franson has heard from a number of interested teams. According to a report from ProHockeyTalk, that number is at a half dozen one day before he can sign. “Pending unrestricted free agent Cody Franson has spoken with “half a dozen” teams,..." June 30

  • Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger lead 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame class

    CBS Sports "The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the 2015 class of inductees and is it ever a good one. Former NHL defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were all elected this year, as was forward Sergei Fedorov. Angela Ruggiero, a member of the U.S. Women's Olympic Team and one of..." June 29

  • Predators stock up on centers

    Tennessean "The frenzied anticipation that accompanied Friday's first round of the NHL draft was missing from Saturday's more businesslike proceedings as teams plowed through the final six rounds. The Predators, who were completely inactive Friday, made seven selections Saturday, starting with Russian..." June 28

  • Preds' Clune clears waivers, buyout coming

    Pro Hockey Talk "Predators forward Rich Clune cleared unconditional waivers on Sunday and will likely be bought out by Nashville. Clune has one year remaining on his two-year, $1.7 million deal with a cap hit of $850,000. According to, the buyout will cost the Preds $283,333 in each of the..." June 28

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    Thomas Willis @TomAWillis

    Per @brooksbratten, GM Poile says #Preds are fielding a few trade offers for Stalberg and will likely buyout Clune.

  • Predators have mined gems later in draft

    Tennessean "For the third time in five years, the Predators did not have a first-round pick in the NHL draft. When the remaining six rounds begin Saturday morning, they will have seven opportunities to select prospects that could eventually make an impact at the NHL level. The likelihood of that..." June 27

  • Mike Ribeiro rejects Predators’ offer

    Sportsnet "Mike Ribeiro has rejected a contract extension offer from the Nashville Predators, reports Adam Vingan of The Tennessean Friday. While general manager David Poile locked up his other priority forward, Mike Fisher, on draft day, Ribeiro wishes to gauge his value elsewhere. The forward’s..." June 26