Preds acquire Max Reinhart

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The fax machine is definitely working today, am I right? In a trade with the Calgary Flames for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Predators acquired 23-year-old Max Reinhart, a strapping young forward. Here’s a bit about the young man from the official Preds release:

Reinhart, 23 (2/4/92), has appeared in 23 career NHL games with the Flames over the past three seasons, posting a goal and four assists. Since scoring a pair of goals in his first professional contest with the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat on April 15, 2012, the 6-1, 185-pound center has amassed 125 points (45g-80a) in 203 AHL contests. In 2013-14, his assist total ranked ninth in the AHL (42), while his point total tied for 11th (63).

Preds sign Center Cody Hodgson

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In more of a “didn’t see that coming” move, the Predators organization nabbed 25-year-old Cody Hodgson from the Buffalo Sabres on a one-year, $1M deal.

Hodgson is a young, rather broad center that could be of some good use to the Predators. Of course, that one-year, $1M deal is pretty nice, too.

Preds sign Defenseman Barret Jackman

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Afraid the Predators wouldn’t do anything after re-signing Mike Ribeiro? Well, you’d be wrong. Nashville snagged a heck of a deal with former St. Louis Blues defenseman Barret Jackman for a two-year, $4M contract.

34-year-old Barret Jackman is a hard-hitting blue liner that the Predators have been searching for and hey, he’s one of those players you are going to learn to love (because you despised him with St. Louis).

Also, we have been given hockey .gif gold once again. Hopefully, he will not curse the Predators like a one Olli Jokinen did.

Preds re-sign Mike Ribeiro

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Whether you like it or not, the Predators organization and Mike Ribeiro have agreed on a two-year, $7M contract.

GM David Poile mentioned yesterday in his press conference with the media that the news of Ribeiro’s contract agreement would be made either last night or early this morning.

Highlights from Today’s Presser

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile answers questions at a news conference Monday, April 14, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators announced earlier in the day that head coach Barry Trotz's contract won't be extended and they will begin looking for a new head coach. Trotz is the only head coach the NHL hockey team has had. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Source: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

Predators General Manager David Poile met with the media today regarding free agency, the recent draft, and… you know, little stuff here and there. I’ve compiled some of the thousand tweets from media and condensed them for your reading pleasure:

In case you missed it, the NHL passed the new 3-on-3 overtime. As Poile mentioned, there’s a good chance we’ll see less shootouts now.

If you needed official word on Clune and Stalberg’s departure, here it is straight from the horse’s mouth. Stalberg’s buyout will cost the Predators $4.67M over the next four years. Yay.

As you recall (or if you missed it), Austin Watson was just signed to a two-year deal yesterday. It’s been a long time coming for the 2010 draft pick and it will be interesting where he’ll mesh in as far as the lineup goes.

Again, straight from the horse’s mouth himself. Take a deep breath and remember: patience is a virtue.

Yes, the Predators and David Poile have extended an offer to Mike Ribeiro. Please also remember the whole “innocent until proven guilty” motto. You know, the law.

Not much to commentate on as this information was made known much earlier.

We should all expect to hear whether or not Ribeiro accepts the Predators’ offer by this evening or early tomorrow morning.

Okay, here’s the statement everyone should read and set down their pitchforks. The NHL is involved, along with law enforcement. Poile would not have moved forward with offering Mike Ribeiro a new deal if he felt like this was going to continue imploding. This isn’t Poile’s first rodeo as GM, my friends.

Be ready for an explosion on Twitter and the Predators’ Facebook account.

No surprise that Volchenkov will be left to wander to greener pastures.

Another no surprise, Poile mentioned that the organization is actively seeking a trade involving goaltender Magnus Hellberg. Hellberg is definitely ready to move up to the NHL (or somewhere he’ll get the chance) and Nashville is overrun with netminder potential at this point. You know, especially after signing Saros the other day.

Honestly, I forgot he was injured. Good news – he’s doing well.

And, last but not least, Adam Vingan has this statement regarding the Ribeiro civil lawsuit. Maybe it will help lower the amount of torches and pitchforks a little, yes?

So, there you have it. Trust me, this is a condensed list of tweets from today’s presser. Free Agency starts tomorrow, July 1st. It should prove for an interesting day. I hope.

 

 

Vote for Lady Preds!

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Holy moley! This was exciting to come across this afternoon! Lady Preds has been nominated for the Tennessean’s Toast of Music City’s Best Sports Blog! Okay, so even if I have zero chance of winning, I am just grateful and speechless to be nominated. Especially to be nominated with the likes of Penalty Box Radio and On the Forecheck.

I know I am not “first on the scene” with all the Predators news, but I definitely do try my darnedest and I love every single minute of it. I love being able to write about the best sport on earth. I hope to one day take it even farther!

Okay, so voting – You can find the Best Sports Blog ballot under the People & Places tab! Please vote often! I believe it’s once a day. Click here to get to voting!

And, thank you to everyone who nominated Lady Preds! I am grateful for my followers and thank you for sticking with me!

Qualifying Offers extended to 8 RFAs

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Fear not, Preds fans! The Predators extended qualifying offers to eight Restricted Free Agents all before the 4PM deadline this afternoon. Those eight players? Colin Wilson, Craig Smith, Gabriel Bourque, Anthony Bitetto, Calle Jarnkrok, Taylor Beck, Taylor Aronson, and Magnus Hellberg.

In a nutshell, by extending these qualifying offers, the Predators are still given the opportunity to continue negotiations with these particular players. This doesn’t stop these players from signing other contracts, but it does give Nashville the right to match or exceed these potential competitive offers. If the Predators do not choose to match or exceed an offer, they will be compensated for the player’s departure from the organization. If the Predators had not given these RFAs qualifying offers, these players would’ve become Unrestricted Free Agents on Wednesday, July 1st.

So, who didn’t receive qualifying offers? Well, that would be Zach Budish and Josh Shalla; two players that will hit the UFA market come July 1st.

Preds sign Watson to Two-Year Contract

Source: Frederick Breedon

Source: Frederick Breedon

Welp, free agency has begun and I may be a little busy with these posts for a while (hopefully). First to be signed is forward, Austin Watson, Nashville’s first round draft pick back in 2010. Here’s a little info from the official press release:

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed forward Austin Watson to a two-year contract. The deal is a two-way contract in 2015-16 paying him $575,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level, and a one-way, $575,000 contract in 2016-17.

Buyout Updates:

  • Sorry, Clune fans – it’s official (as of yesterday): Rich Clune’s contract will be bought out by the Predators. Clune tweeted this heartfelt thanks last night:

  • Also on the chopping block is Viktor Stalberg, who was just added to the unconditional waivers list along with Cody Hodgson of the Buffalo Sabres. If he clears, the Predators will also buyout his contract.

Preds ink deal with Fisher

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Source: Frederick Breedon

Speculation has been running wild about when (not if) the Predators and Mike Fisher would come to an agreement on a new deal. And boy, did Fish get a raise! This morning, news was announced that the 35-year-old forward inked a two-year, $8.8M contract to remain in Nashville. Fisher will receive $4.8M of that deal in this upcoming 2016-15 season then the remaining $4M in the 2016-17 season.

So, breathe a sigh of relief, all you Fisher fans. He’s back.

2015-16 Nashville Predators Regular Season Schedule

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As promised, the NHL released the 2015-16 regular season schedule for all teams this morning. Feast your eyes on the schedule below:

OCTOBER –

  • Thursday, October 8th – Hurricanes, 7PM
  • Saturday, October 10th – Oilers, 6PM
  • Tuesday, October 13th @ Devils, 6PM
  • Thursday, October 15th @ Islanders, 6PM
  • Saturday, October 17th @ Senators, 6PM
  • Tuesday, October 20th – Lightning, 7PM
  • Thursday, October 22nd – Ducks, 7PM
  • Saturday, October 24th – Penguins, 7PM
  • Wednesday, October 28th @ Sharks, 9:30PM
  • Saturday, October 31st @ Kings, 3PM

NOVEMBER –

  • Sunday, November 1st @ Ducks, 7PM
  • Thursday, November 5th @ Wild, 7PM
  • Saturday, November 7th – Blues, 7PM
  • Tuesday, November 10th – Senators, 7PM
  • Thursday, November 12th – Maple Leafs, 7PM
  • Saturday, November 14th – Jets, 6PM
  • Tuesday, November 17th – Ducks, 7PM
  • Friday, November 20th @ Blue Jackets, 6PM
  • Saturday, November 21st @ Wild, 7PM
  • Monday, November 23rd @ Rangers, 6PM
  • Wednesday, November 25th @ Sabres, 6PM
  • Friday, November 27th @ Flyers, 2PM
  • Saturday, November 28th – Sabres, 7PM

DECEMBER –

  • Tuesday, December 1st – Coyotes, 7PM
  • Thursday, December 3rd – Panthers, 7PM
  • Saturday, December 5th @ Red Wings, 6PM
  • Monday, December 7th @ Bruins, 6PM
  • Tuesday, December 8th @ Blackhawks, 7:30PM
  • Thursday, December 10th – Blackhawks, 7PM
  • Saturday, December 12th – Avalanche, 7PM
  • Tuesday, December 15th – Flames, 7PM
  • Thursday, December 17th @ Blues, 7PM
  • Saturday, December 19th – Wild, 7PM
  • Monday, December 21st – Canadiens, 7PM
  • Saturday, December 26th – Red Wings, 7PM
  • Monday, December 28th – Rangers, 7PM
  • Tuesday, December 29th @ Blues, 7PM
  • Thursday, December 31st @ Stars, 7:30PM

JANUARY –

  • Saturday, January 2nd @ Hurricanes, 6PM
  • Tuesday, January 5th – Jets, 7PM
  • Friday, January 8th @ Avalanche, 8PM
  • Saturday, January 9th @ Coyotes, 8PM
  • Tuesday, January 12th @ Blackhawks, 7:30PM
  • Thursday, January 14th @ Jets, 7PM
  • Saturday, January 16th – Wild, 7PM
  • Tuesday, January 19th – Blackhawks, 7PM
  • Thursday, January 21st @ Jets, 7PM
  • Saturday, January 23rd @ Oilers, 9PM
  • Tuesday, January 26th @ Canucks, 9PM
  • Wednesday, January 27th @ Flames, 8:30PM

FEBRUARY –

  • Tuesday, February 2nd – Blues, 7PM
  • Thursday, February 4th – Flyers, 7PM
  • Saturday, February 6th – Sharks, 7PM
  • Tuesday, February 9th – Capitals, 7PM
  • Friday, February 12th @ Lightning, 6:30PM
  • Saturday, February 13th @ Panthers, 6PM
  • Monday, February 15th – Stars, 7PM
  • Thursday, February 18th – Bruins, 7PM
  • Saturday, February 20th – Kings, 7PM
  • Monday, February 22nd @ Canadiens, 6:30PM
  • Tuesday, February 23rd @ Maple Leafs, 6:30PM
  • Thursday, February 25th @ Blackhawks, 7:30PM
  • Saturday, February 27th – Blues, 7PM

MARCH –

  • Tuesday, March 1st – Stars, 7PM
  • Thursday, March 3rd – Devils, 7PM
  • Saturday, March 5th @ Avalanche, 2PM
  • Tuesday, March 8th @ Jets, 7PM
  • Wednesday, March 9th @ Flames, 8:30PM
  • Saturday, March 12th @ Canucks, 9PM
  • Monday, March 14th @ Oilers, 8PM
  • Thursday, March 17th – Islanders, 7PM
  • Friday, March 18th @ Capitals, 6PM
  • Monday, March 21st – Kings, 7PM
  • Thursday, March 24th – Canucks, 7PM
  • Saturday, March 26th – Blue Jackets, 7PM
  • Monday, March 28th – Avalanche, 7PM
  • Tuesday, March 29th @ Stars, 7:30PM
  • Thursday, March 31st @ Penguins, 6PM

APRIL –

  • Saturday, April 2nd – Sharks, 7PM
  • Tuesday, April 5th – Avalanche, 7PM
  • Thursday, April 7th – Coyotes, 7PM
  • Saturday, April 9th @ Stars, 7PM