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Nashville Predators re-sign Craig Smith to 5 year deal

The Nashville Predators have locked up yet another key piece for the upcoming season by re-signing Craig Smith to a 5 year, $21.25 million contract. The deal came as both sides were preparing for arbitration. Craig Smith Last season, Smith finished second in scoring on the team with 23 goals while also adding 21 assists, good for 44 points (fifth most on the team). His strong play...
Via isportsweb.com
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cody Franson To TSN: Bruins ‘One Of The Teams That We’re In Talks With’

Cody Franson hit the NHL’s free-agent market as one of the best defensemen available, but to the surprise of many, he’s still unsigned despite many teams still needing depth on the blue line. He said Tuesday in an interview with TSN 1040 in Vancouver that the Boston Bruins are among the teams he’s talking with. “There’s probably five or six teams right now that we’re...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Central Division Offseason Roundup: Nashville Predators

  After our analysis of the St. Louis Blues yesterday, our 2015 Central Division Offseason Roundup series continues with the Nashville Predators. The Predators’ biggest move in the 2014 offseason was undoubtedly the firing of veteran head coach Barry Trotz, who was replaced by former Philadelphia Flyers coach Pete Laviolette. Laviolette led the Predators to second place in the...
Via BSN Denver
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators sign forward Craig Smith to five-year deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators have avoided arbitration with Craig Smith by signing the forward to a $21.25 million, five-year contract. General manager David Poile announced the deal with the restricted free agent on Monday. "Craig Smith is an integral part of our team's young core and we are pleased to have agreed on a long-term contract that both parties are comfortable...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #28 Paul Gaustad

He has anchored the 4th line since arriving at the trade deadline before the 2012 playoff run. Gaustad is a player that divides opinion throughout the Nashville media and fans. Detractors claim he’s an overpriced bottom six veteran that is taking a roster spot from a prospect with a higher ceiling. Those in favor of Gaustad point to his terrific faceoff percentage, his size, and...
Via The Predatorial
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators offseason updates

The Nashville Predators busy offseason has continued this past week with a series of minor moves to build on the team’s depth for this upcoming season. Most recently, the Preds locked up forward Calle Jarnkrok to a one-year deal worth $735,000. Jarnkrok, who was acquired alongside Patrick Eaves in a deal with the Detroit Red Wings for David Legwand in 2014, played his first full...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators sign forward Calle Jarnkrok to 1-year deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed forward Calle Jarnkrok to a one-year contract worth $735,000. General manager David Poile announced the deal Friday. Jarnkrok has 27 points in 86 career NHL games since his debut with the Predators on March 21, 2014, and he scored five points in his first five NHL games after Nashville acquired him in a trade from Detroit...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #24 Eric Nystrom

A true fourth line type of winger. Nystrom followed up a slightly unexpected but productive first season in Nashville with an average one that ended too soon. He suffered a lower-body injury in early March that held him out of the lineup for the remainder of the year.   Nystrom chipped in offensively this season with seven goals. While there wasn’t an incredible four goal game...
Via The Predatorial
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cody Franson Among Best Unsigned 2015 NHL Free Agents (Photos)

Two weeks have passed since the NHL free agency began, and even though activity has died down a bit, there are still several quality players left on the market for teams to pursue from now until training camps open in September. With lots of signings over the last two weeks, it’s time to re-rank the best unrestricted free agents on the market. Click to for list of best unsigned...
Via NESN.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking Back and Moving Forward: #20 Anton Volchenkov

Not the best. Not a disaster, either. That’s the best way to describe the Russian defender’s season. Volchenkov came over after being bought out by the New Jersey Devils, and Nashville sought to squeeze the last bit of good hockey from the veteran. He showed signs of continuing to be a physical presence on the backend, but it wasn’t enough to really make his season a success...
Via The Predatorial
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators sign Kamenev, Trenin to three-year contracts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators have signed 18-year-old forwards Vladislav Kamenev and Yakov Trenin to three-year, entry-level contracts. The Predators selected Kamenev in the second round with the 42nd overall pick in the 2014 entry draft. Trenin was chosen in the second round with the 55th overall pick in this year's draft. Kamenev is expected to play his first season...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrei Kostitsyn interested in return to NHL

The last time we saw Andrei Kostitsyn, he was suspended for two games by the Nashville Predators during the 2012 postseason for missing curfew along with teammate Alexander Radulov. Shortly after the Predators were eliminated, both Kostitsyn and Radulov left the NHL and returned to Russia. Now, Kostitsyn is ready to return to the NHL and he’s not picky about where he plays...
Via Puck Drunk Love
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Longtime Blues D Jackman signs with division rival Predators

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators signed former St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman to a two-year free-agent deal worth $4 million. Jackman, 34, had played his entire career with the Blues since reaching the NHL in 2001-02. He has 28 goals and 153 assists in 803 career games. Jackman has missed just eight games over the last four seasons, and he has been an alternate...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Barret Jackman signs with the Nashville Predators

It didn’t take long for Barret Jackman to find a new team. After the Blues made it publicly known that they wouldn’t be signing the defenseman, numerous teams expressed their interest including a few from the Central Division. The Central is exactly where Jackman has landed as he has signed a deal with the Nashville Predators. Barrett Jackman is going to Nashville. — Elliotte...
Via Frozen Notes
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Predators draft four centers, seven overall at 2015 NHL Entry Draft

With the speculation abound that the Predators could try and move back into the first round of the draft, nothing ever seemed to come of it. Neither was the case for Nashville to make any sort of splash on the trade market, either. All in all, it was a very quiet and laid back weekend for the Preds. A bit different from last year when Nashville made plenty of noise, trading for forward...
Via Fox Sports Tennessee
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Poile Offers Contract to Ribeiro, Comes Under Fire

On the eve of the NHL Draft, a report came out that GM David Poile had offered a contract to unrestricted free agent Mike Ribeiro, the team’s number one center a season ago. While the terms of the proposal are unclear (it was rejected), what IS certain is the response from fans being appalled at the very thought he would ...
Via Predneck Nation
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Rumor: The Avalanche may be pursuing KHL star Alexander Radulov

In a recent article by the Denver Post’s Mike Chambers profiling the Colorado Avalanches possible pursuit of SEL leading scorer Derek Ryan, he dropped an interesting tidbit about a move which would make a big impact if it came into fruition, stating “I do believe the Avs are trying to sign/have signed Russian F Alexander Radulov.” For those not familiar with Radulov, he’s...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators “probably not” going to sign Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli

It looks like the Nashville Predators weren’t too happy with the trade they made with the Toronto Maple Leafs which brought Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the team back in February. The Predators sent a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Olli Jokinen and prospect Brendan Leipsic to acquire the duo in a late effort to improve Nashville’s Cup chances. Things didn...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Predators’ Pekka Rinne Gets Puck Stuck In Pads For The Longest Time (Video)

Pekka Rinne doesn’t just save pucks. He makes them disappear. The Nashville Predators goaltender was his usual stellar self in Game 4 of his team’s Stanley Cup playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks. With under six minutes remaining in the first overtime period, however, Rinne took his talents a bit too far. After trying to clear a puck behind the net, Rinne somehow managed...
Via NESN.com
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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