What We Must See From Certain Predators This Season

What We Must See From Certain Predators This Season

January 14th, 2021 After a long wait and much uncertainty, hockey is back. The season has been modified; teams will only play 56 games this year. The stands will be far from full. Fans will see the same team more than usual and possibly more than they would like. But who cares, hockey is back! The Nashville...
Prospects News & Rumors: Hoglander, Norlinder, Colangelo & More

Prospects News & Rumors: Hoglander, Norlinder, Colangelo & More

January 14th, 2021 The 2020-21 NHL season started on Wednesday night and one of the Vancouver Canucks’ top prospects found the back of the net for his first goal. A Montreal Canadiens’ recent draft returned to the ice and picked up right where he left off. A pair of prospects had big nights in the NCAA ranks and...
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December 26th, 2020
Washington Capitals

In today's NHL rumor rundown, the Edmonton Oilers have made good on buzz that they would be signing another left-shot defenseman. Meanwhile, the Columbus Blue Jackets are bringing in veteran blueliner on a PTO. Where are the Washington Capitals at with Alex Ovechkin's contract extension? And why did Mikael Granlund choose Nashville after speculation he wouldn't be back? Oilers Sign Slater Koekkoek As per TSN's Darren Dreger, the Edmonton Oilers have signed Slater Koekkoek to a one-year deal. Financials are that he signed for $850K and will be a UFA at the end of the term. He became a UFA after he did not receive a qualifying offer from the Chicago Blackhawks. TAMPA, FL - MARCH 8: Slater Koekkoek #29 of the Tampa Bay Lightning gets ready for the game against the New York Rangers...
December 23rd, 2020

The Nashville Predators have re-signed forward Mikael Granlund to a one-year contract worth $3.75 million. The 28-year-old will be back for at least one more season in Nashville after spending parts of the past two cities with the Predators. Though Granlund was able to produce at a very high level as a member of the Minnesota Wild, including consecutive seasons with 21-plus goals and 67-plus points, he'd fail to create the same impact after being acquired by the Predators. After scoring 15 goals and 49 points in 63 games during the 2018-19 season in Minnesota, the Predators would acquire him in a deal for Kevin Fiala. At the time, this deal was certainly an interesting one as Fiala appeared to be a blossoming talent...
December 23rd, 2020
Previews and Predictions

The Nashville Predators were recently given 6/1 odds at winning the National Hockey League’s new Central Division, which the league formed for the 2020-21 season slated to begin on Jan. 13. With several new divisional opponents from the southeastern United States to take on multiple times, the Predators are the proverbial fish out of water, joining a division made up largely of teams previously belonging to the Eastern Conference. With that said, the 6/1 odds provided by BetOnline put Nashville fourth, behind the Dallas Stars, Carolina Hurricanes, and defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Featuring a roster largely similar to last season’s squad, which underwhelmed in the qualifying round of the playoffs, this divisional re-alignment could be a benefit to the...
December 22nd, 2020
Nashville Predators

They say you have to spend money to make money, and scared money doesn’t make money. If these sayings are true and translated to the sports world, it may suggest that you must spend money to achieve ultimate success. If you want to be a contender and finish the season a champion, you must open up the checkbook. If that wasn’t the case, the 2020 Tampa Bay Rays wouldn’t have received as much praise as they did for eliminating the New York Yankees and their $83.5 million payroll and going toe-to-toe with the Los Angeles Dodgers and their league-leading, near $96.6 million roster. The Rays doing all this despite spending the league’s third-lowest total of $29.4 million. It’s also the reason why there was a movie made about Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics called...
December 20th, 2020
Predators Prospects

We're just under a week away from the 2021 World Junior Championship (WJC), and if you ask any hockey fan, the tournament is what really makes the holiday season special. It may be a little different this year, with no fans in the building and teams playing in a bubble, but that doesn't make it any less exciting. Games get underway on Christmas Day beginning with Switzerland and Slovakia at 12 p.m. EST, followed by USA and Russia at 4 p.m. EST. The Los Angeles Kings topped all other NHL teams with nine prospects representing them at the WJC. The Nashville Predators are in the middle of the pack with five prospects at the tournament this year, but they're still extremely well represented. Here's a look at who Predators fans can keep an eye on. Yaroslav Askarov (G) - Russia Let's...
December 19th, 2020
Predators History

On June 25, 1997, the NHL's board of governors approved new teams for four cities in an ambitious plan to expand to 30 clubs within three years. (from 'N.H.L. Names 4 Cities For Its New Franchises,' New York Times, 06/18/1997) Nashville was the first to join for the 1998-99 season, followed by Atlanta the next year and both Minneapolis-St. Paul and Columbus in 2000-01. The players available in the 1998 Expansion Draft show how exponentially harder it was for the Nashville Predators to assemble a team than it was for the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017. The same challenge awaited the Atlanta Thrashers, Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets. They may as well have been playing hockey with brooms. Related: All-Decade NHL Draft - 2010-to 2019 Teams were allowed to protect four more...