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Morning Line- Yannick Weber On The CBA Negotiations

"I'm very optimistic, seven years ago, the lockout before, there were bigger issues. ... There's not much the owners want to change (now). From the players' side, there's not much we complain about in our daily lives.

"This time around everybody seems fairly happy. The owners are definitely happy. Franchise values went up a lot. You see new franchises coming in, paying $650 million. Players make a lot of money."

-Yannick Weber, player rep for the Nashville Predators.  Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean has more.

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Video- Season Preview For The Nashville Predators

from Robby Stanley at NHL.com

The Nashville Predators hope bolstering their forwards will be enough to win the Central Division for a third consecutive season and make a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Predators signed center Matt Duchene to a seven-year, $56 million contract (average annual value $8 million) on July 1. In order to clear space under the NHL salary cap and sign Duchene, Nashville traded defenseman P.K. Subban to the New Jersey Devils on June 22.

"Let's call it like it is: If we don't make the Subban trade and get rid of his money ($9 million AAV), it's going to be much more difficult to get into the Duchene sweepstakes, if you will," Predators general manager David Poile said. "Maybe we could have, and we'd be over the [salary cap] today and we'd being having a player or players that we'd have to move. That really, I guess you would say, took the pressure off in terms of doing this.

"So Subban for Duchene sounds like a reasonable way to say it. The good news is with [defenseman Dante Fabbro] coming in, that we feel like maybe he can't replace [Subban] right away but he certainly has the potential of being a top-four defenseman. With [Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis] there as our top three, I think we still have a really good defense."


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A Seven-Year Contract For Colton Sissons In Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (July 22, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced Tuesday that the team has signed forward Colton Sissons to a seven-year, $20 million contract through the 2025-26 season.

"Colton will be an important part of our team for the next seven seasons, and we are happy he has made a long-term commitment to our organization and the city the Nashville," Poile said. "He's a heart and soul player who is versatile and can fill many important roles on our team, including on the penalty kill and power play. His offensive production has increased each season, and he remains an integral part of our defensive structure down the middle of the ice. Colton is also an up-and-coming leader in our organization, which is something we value strongly."

Sissons, 25 (11/5/93), is coming off a 2018-19 campaign that saw him set career highs in goals (15) and points (30) in 75 games with the Predators. He accumulated double-digit goals and assists (15) for the first time in NHL career and added eight multi-point games, a career best. Sissons recorded a +20 plus-minus, tied for the sixth-highest by a forward in Predators history, and was second on the team in face-off percentage, winning 53.1 percent of his draws. Additionally, he appeared in all six of Nashville's Stanley Cup Playoff games and notched his second career hat trick on Nov. 7, 2018, at Colorado.

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Matt Duchene Finally Lands In Nashville

Duchene was introduced in Nashville today...

from Robby Stanley at NHL.com,

Matt Duchene got a present during his first visit to Nashville since signing a seven-year, $56 million contract with the Nashville Predators on July 1.

In addition to his No. 95 Predators jersey, the forward received a custom-made Predators-themed guitar from Nashville mayor David Briley at Ford Ice Center.

"It's kind of surreal," Duchene said. "We talked for years of, 'If we end up in Nashville,' or that kind of thing over and over. Now we have and it's like all those things that we were talking about or dreaming and fantasizing about, we actually get to do now. It's really cool for us. We're trying to put some roots down here. It's a place that we've always thought would be a great place to raise a family. We're very excited for that prospect. We'll take care of all of that stuff so when the season comes around it's game on and all about the hockey."


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Welcome To Nashville Matt Duchene

Nashville, Tenn. (July 1, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced Monday that the team has signed forward Matt Duchene to a seven-year, $56 million contract through the 2025-26 season.

"Our objective this offseason was to bolster our offense, and signing Matt Duchene gives us another dynamic goal-scoring, playmaking center," Poile said. "We are excited to add his skill and experience to our top-six forwards and look forward to the next seven years of Matt and his family in Smashville. Matt's love of country music and passion for the city of Nashville make this partnership a perfect fit."

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P.K. Subban Traded To The New Jersey Devils



added 12:57pm, Nashville release is below.

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The Off-Season For The Nashville Predators

Each day through the NHL Draft on June 21 and free agency on July 1, TSN.ca breaks down the latest news and rumours around the NHL.

Music City Moves?

In an interview with TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun published to The Athletic, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile did not rule out making changes to his roster this summer.

"I don’t know what’s going to happen exactly," Poile told LeBrun. "Last year I pretty well said we weren’t going to make any changes. I’m not saying that this year. I’m also not saying we’re going to totally re-make our team. I’m just going to do my job, see who’s available, make some inquiries. If there’s opportunities to make our team better, I will do that. But certainly not in the mode of making a change for the sake of making a change.’’

Poile added that he believes the team needs to add more "secondary scoring" this summer, and LeBrun reports that has renewed speculation that the Predators will chase centre Matt Duchene should he hit free agency on July 1. The Predators were linked to Duchene in 2017 before acquiring Kyle Turris in the three-team trade that sent Duchene to the Ottawa Senators from the Colorado Avalanche.

The Predators top off-season priority, Poile said, is extending captain Roman Josi who is entering the final year of his contract.

continued at TSN...

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The Dallas Stars Move On, The Nashville Predators Wonder What Went Wrong

from Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas News,

The playoffs are a minefield, scattered with ways to fail on the path to the Stanley Cup. There's off nights from goaltenders and more from power plays, a dominant top line or a dormant one. There are also ways to make heroes in the playoffs, the contributions from trade deadline acquisitions or from rookies, the games from third-liners and once-healthy scratches.

It's difficult and surprising and expectedly unpredictable, and this is how it's supposed to go.

On Monday, in the Stars' 2-1 overtime win in Game 6 over the Predators, there was a thriller after a heart-stopping third period and up-and-down extra frame, a gasp for air from Nashville via Pekka Rinne and a suffocation from Dallas and Ben Bishop.

Now, the Predators have been extinguished. A new challenge awaits the Stars later this week....

"We've had some good teams in here, but we haven't been able to show our stuff and get in those big moments because we haven't been in the playoffs," Stars forward Tyler Seguin said. "We had a lot of changes this year and a lot of uncomfortable conversations throughout the year. Guys came out of their comfort zones and that's what has made us a closer team, and that's why we won tonight."

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from Paul Skrbina of The Tennessean,

The sound of tape being ripped from pads was accompanied by silence and long faces.

In the end, the Predators were left shaking the Stars' hands and shaking their own heads. Their hearts broken abruptly deep in the heart of Texas.

A season that began with pomp and circumstance and banners and boundless expectations ended abruptly Monday night for the Predators with 2 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in overtime.


Below, watch the game highlights and Peter Laviolette post-game.

added 12:02pm, Handshakes below.

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Dallas Stars Advances To Round 2 To Face The St. Louis Blues

Dallas defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 in OT.

Series winning goal from John Klingberg.



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Dallas Stars/Nashville Predators Series Tied 2-2

from Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas News,

In the delirium of the green-tinted, laser-spewing, euphoria-inducing American Airlines Center on Wednesday night, the Stars authored a story of redemption.

In their most important game of the season, a 5-1 win in Game 4 over Nashville that evened the first-round series at two games apiece, the Stars removed the doubt that followed them after Monday night's loss to the Predators.

Redemption called Ben Bishop's name. Bishop is the Stars No. 1 goaltender, and potentially the best one in the league, maligned by an uncharacteristically leaky performance Monday night when he surrendered two soft goals in an otherwise strong game from Dallas.

On Wednesday night, when coach Jim Montgomery showed faith in starting him again, Bishop responded with a 33-save victory. It was Bishop's return to the normally steady goalie he's been all year, when he led the league in save percentage and goals against average.


Watch the game highlights below.

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