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Predators' Pekka Rinne to play in world championships

Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne hoped a healthy summer and a strong training regimen would yield results for next season. His offseason will also involve playing hockey at the world championships. Rinne, who missed 51 games this season after surgery for a hip infection, will play for Team Finland in the worlds, which begin May 9 in Minsk, Belarus. The Predators approved of their...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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About-face! Rinne to play for Finland in Worlds after all

What a difference a week makes. We spoke with Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne last Monday and asked him whether or not he’d be suiting up for his native Finland at the 2014 World Championships. His response: “I saw the doctor this morning and he wasn’t too excited about it. I still have to kind of discuss it [with him] but he’s not recommending that.” On Tuesday...
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Pekka Rinne, Matthias Ekholm To Play In World Championships by   Steven Ellis

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne and defenseman Mattias Ekholm have been named to Finland and Sweden respectively for the 2014 World Championship in Belarus in May. Rinne’s decision to go was an interesting one. There was no question that he had the skill to play in a tournament that will likely see every team missing a big majority of their star players, but with [...]
Via The Hockey House
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Off-Season Fun: Best pre-game intro video ever?

The Nashville Predators have put together some amazing intro videos in the past but this… this may set a new standard to which any and all intro videos will be measured. In every league. Ever. The Halifax Mooseheads are not only the defending QMJHL Champions but they’re the defending Memorial Cup Champions, having beat Seth Jones, Brendan Leipsic and the rest of the Portland...
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Ex-Nashville Coach Barry Trotz Takes Out Newspaper Ad To Thank Fans (Photo)

Following last week’s announcement that the Nashville Predators would not renew longtime head coach Barry Trotz’s contract for another season, Trotz took out a full-page ad in The Tennessean to formally thank the fans and the Predators organization for their years of support. “It has been an honor to coach the Nashville Predators for the last 16 seasons,” Trotz wrote. ...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Del Zotto may fit into Predators plans

Predators defenseman Michael Del Zotto didn't provide too much clarity when asked about his summer. He's a pending restricted free agent. "I have no idea what's going to happen," he said this week. "Obviously I'm not too happy with how this year has gone for me. I have high expectations for myself, and being traded here I wanted to prove I could play...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Predators expect great things from defense next season

When he announced Barry Trotz's firing and wrapped up a disappointing season, general manager David Poile also offered some optimistic statements about the future of the Predators. He noted the number of younger players on the roster and looked forward to the return of a top-notch Pekka Rinne. And then Poile — a man not known to deal in hyperbole — delivered this impressive...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville’s Coaching Mistake

One of the most important rules that teams often violate regarding coaching is never fire your coach if he will immediately become the most sought after unemployed coach on the market.  The Nashville Predators have broken this rule in firing Barry Trotz. Trotz had been the only coach in Nashville Predator history and had done a good job with limited talent.  The Predators...
Via Kukla's Korner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

News & Notes: Jarnkrok to Ads, Girard signs ELC and Preds picking 11th

Despite the season being over, the Nashville Predators were involved in quite a bit of news on Tuesday. JARNKROK TO ADS Calle Jarnkrok has been reassigned to Nashville’s top minor league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. The 22-year old forward was the key piece in the David Legwand deal on March 5 and he paid immediate dividends, both in Milwaukee and Nashville. With the Ads...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Weber talks about Trotz, future

Shea Weber speaks at his end-of-season press conference...
Via Smashville 24/7
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Has Del Zotto received a fair chance since his trade to the Predators?

When defenseman Michael Del Zotto was traded to the Nashville Predators, David Poile touted him as a player who could help Nashville “get back into the playoff race” and that the trade was “more for the long term”. With how he was utilized him in the final weeks of the regular season, now that season is over and the playoffs are an afterthought, it will be a fairly interesting...
Via The Predatorial
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators dismiss Barry Trotz

Barry Trotz is a name only familiar to hard-core hockey fans or Nashville residents. Yet he has been one of the mainstays in the world of professional sports — until Monday. The Nashville Predators relieved Trotz of his job after he had served as the team’s head coach since its inception in August 1997, which was a full year before the expansion team even played its first game...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators say goodbye to Barry Trotz with billboard

It’s not shocking that Barry Trotz was relieved of his coaching duties today (and offered a spot in the Predators organization). The Preds have missed the playoffs the past two seasons, and it appears Trotz has squeezed all of the water from the stone that is the Nashville offense. It’s time for some new blood. Trotz is also the only coach that the Predators franchise has ever...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators News: Barry Trotz will not return as coach

The Nashville Predators will not extend the contract of head coach Barry Trotz. Trotz has been the only head coach in the history of the Nashville franchise. Word out of Nashville is that Trotz has been offered another position within the hockey operations department with the club.Barry Trotz has been behind the Predators bench for 15 NHL seasons which was until today the longest...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nashville Predators Announce Barry Trotz’s Coaching Contract Will Not Be Extended

Nashville, Tenn. (April 14, 2014) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager announced today that Barry Trotz’s coaching contract will not be extended and that the organization will immediately begin a search to identify a new head coach for the 2014-15 season. Trotz has been offered a position within the organization’s hockey operations department...
Via Kukla's Korner
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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