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John Hynes Signs At Two-Year Contract To Remain In Nashville

via NHL.com,

John Hynes signed a two-year contract to remain coach of the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

The 47-year-old guided the Predators to a 45-30-7 record this season, earning the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. They were swept by the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference First Round.

"I think he's done a fantastic job -- and his staff," Predators general manager David Poile said. "... I am totally comfortable with John and his coaching staff to lead us to bigger and belter things moving forward."

Hynes is 92-64-10 in three seasons with Nashville since replacing Peter Laviolette on Jan. 7, 2020. The Predators have clinched a playoff berth in each of those seasons but have not won a series.

Prior to joining Nashville, Hynes coached the New Jersey Devils for five seasons, going 150-159-45 and guiding them to the playoffs in 2018, a five-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round.

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Videos- A Win And An Injury For The Colorado Avalanche

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche’s quest for the Stanley Cup won’t get derailed by Nashvegas, so long as a stooge in a Predators sweater doesn’t gouge somebody’s eye out. Colorado lost goalie Darcy Kuemper on Saturday to the dangerously reckless mayhem committed by Nashville knucklehead Ryan Johansen, but emerged from this NHL playoff game with a 7-3 victory.

“You’re always worried when you see a guy holding his eye and heading off,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said after the Predators tried to goon it up with a Colorado team they have zero shot of beating at hockey.

In an odd way, maybe the classless Predators are helping to build the championship character of the Avs, who didn’t blink when Kuemper got poked in the eye by Johansen late in the first period. Colorado refused to let the unnerving sight of its No. 1 goalie crumpled on the ice in pain deter them from their mission.

Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog said every team that has won the NHL championship has discussed how “you’re going to have to go through adversity on the way.”

Try to stay classy, Smashville, hard as it might be for sore losers like Filip Forsberg and Johansen to deal with the frustration of three consecutive losses to a vastly superior Colorado team without throwing a tantrum like petulant children.

This opening-round series is over except for the goonery.


Below watch the highligts and the injury to Kuemper.

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Nashville Predators Are No Match For The Colorado Avalanche

from Paul Skribina of The Tennessean,

Nashville Predators goalie David Rittich started his first NHL playoff game, replacing All-Star Juuse Saros, who will miss at least the first two games of the series with a lower-body injury.

Rittich lasted 15 minutes, 4 seconds before he was pulled in favor of Connor Ingram, making his first Stanley Cup playoff appearance, after the Predators allowed five goals on 13 shots in what turned out to be a 7-2 Colorado Avalanche victory in Game 1 of their first-round meeting at Ball Arena.

The Avalanche scored early, every which way and often, recording goals via the power play, at even strength and shorthanded during the first 9½ minutes. Oh, and another during a 5-on-3 during the second period on what appeared to be an own goal by Nashville.


Catch the game highlights below.

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Juuse Saros Out Through The Regular Season

Below, watch him limp off the ice last night.

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Video- Tanner Jeannot Fined For Kneeing

NEW YORK (March 30, 2022) – Nashville Predators forward Tanner Jeannot has been fined $2,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for kneeing Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk during NHL Game No. 1064 in Nashville on Tuesday, March 29, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 1:12 of the third period. Jeannot was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.

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What A Show In Nashville

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

"The entrance was so cool to see a football stadium full of people," Predators captain Roman Josi said. "It was pretty impressive. It was unbelievable, and Nashville always shows up and supports us. We're definitely very grateful for that."

Nashville was in party mode from dawn until the horn sounded on a 3-2 win for Tampa Bay. This was the first time it had hosted an NHL outdoor game, and the theme was Smashville meets Music City. It was part hockey game and part music festival.

"If these events are for the fans, the League hit it out of the park," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "Just, what a show. I'm dating my time in the League now, but I've been extremely fortunate to be a part of three Stanley Cup Finals, and nothing will ever top that."

Bridgestone Arena, the Predators' home, sits in the heart of the Broadway entertainment district across the Cumberland River from Nissan Stadium. Thousands of fans in Predators and Lightning jerseys packed the hotels, the honky-tonks and the streets hours before game.

The fans listened to live music at the Winter Park fan fest the Predators held near Bridgestone Arena, walked across the river on a pedestrian bridge and listened to more live music at the Truly Hard Selzer PreGame fan fest the NHL held near Nissan Stadium.

The Lightning and Predators arrived in party buses and slapped five with the fans, the Lightning in cowboy hats, cowboy boots and Canadian tuxedos of denim jackets and jeans, the Predators in custom hats and leather jackets by designer Travis Austin. Rinne led the Predators. The sleeve of his jacket said, "THE GOAT."


Game highlights are below.

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John Hynes Fined $25K

NEW YORK (Feb. 17, 2022) – Nashville Predators head coach John Hynes has been fined $25,000 for inappropriate conduct at the conclusion of NHL Game No. 1095 in Nashville on Tuesday, Feb. 15, the National Hockey League announced today.

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Video- A Hearing Today For Mark Borowiecki


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Mattias Ekholm’s New Contract Is Official With The Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (October 13, 2021) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today the team has signed defenseman Mattias Ekholm to a four-year, $25 million contract that will keep him in Nashville through the 2025-26 season. The contract will begin in the 2022-23 season and carries an annual average value of $6.25 million.

"When you think about foundational pieces on our hockey team, Mattias Ekholm is certainly at the top of the list, and we couldn't be happier to get this deal done with the start of the regular season upon us," Poile said. "An alternate captain who leads both vocally and by example, Mattias brings stability and size to our defense corps and has embraced serving as a mentor to the younger players on our team. We have a group of young, right-shot defensemen that includes Alexandre Carrier, Philippe Myers, Dante Fabbro and Matt Benning who all have the opportunity to learn from and play with Mattias on the side opposite him, and we're excited about the stability that will provide us on the blue line."

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What Direction Will The Nashville Predators Go With Filip Forsberg And Mattias Ekholm?

from Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,

Left wing Filip Forsberg and defenseman Mattias Ekholm have spent their entire NHL careers with the Nashville Predators. However, uncertainty hangs over their futures entering the final season of their respective contracts.

The 31-year-old Ekholm told The Tennessean's Paul Skrbina he wants to stay in Nashville, remaining hopeful his agent and general manager David Poile can work out a new deal “I'd rather have it done yesterday,” he said.

Forsberg, however, told Robby Stanley of 102.5 The Game Nashville he's in no rush to sign. “I mean I still have a full year. I don't know, I feel like you have to play your contract out, “ he said. The 27-year-old winger also said he loved Nashville, believing the Predators have “a great opportunity to make something great” now and going forward.

Ekholm was the subject of trade speculation last season but it died down as the Predators surged in the standings leading up to the trade deadline. Forsberg, meanwhile, surfaced in recent conjecture as some pundits mull his role on a roster undergoing what Poile called a “competitive rebuild”.

The cost of re-signing both will also determine if they remain in Nashville beyond this season. 


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