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from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
This is where the defenseman has spent his NHL career — in the glare of the spotlight. It has followed him from Montreal to Nashville, where he was traded June 29 for former Predators captain Shea Weber.
The hockey world will be watching as Subban fully begins the process of adjusting to his new, significantly different surroundings.
"It's been a lot of ups and downs emotionally, for sure," Subban said of his frenzied offseason. "Playing in Montreal for six years, being drafted in 2007, a lot of great moments in that organization. The positive moments outweigh the negative ones, so it was a positive experience for me playing in Montreal, but now it's just time for me to turn the page. It's a new chapter. A swap was made and now I've got to look forward to the rest of my career here in Nashville.
"Coming into a new dressing room, it's exciting. Meeting new players, new management, new staff, it's an exciting time. For me, at 27 years old with no family or any children or anything like that, it's like you get a bunch of new brothers."
Nashville, Tenn. (September 8, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that forward Mike Fisher has been named the seventh captain in franchise history.
“It is the right time for Mike to be the captain in our history,” Poile said. “In my mind, he could’ve easily been the captain many times in his career, but this is his time. It’s the perfect fit. You look for the characteristics you want in a captain in terms of the personal life, how he conducts himself, the role model part of it, and it’s A-plus with him.”
Fisher, 36 (6/5/80), was a full-time alternate captain for the previous four seasons. He has been the Predators nominee for the King Clancy Award in four of the last five seasons, which is given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution in the community. The Peterborough, Ont., native became the franchise’s second-ever NHL Award winner in 2012 when he was the recipient of the NHL Foundation Award, which recognizes a player who applies the core values of hockey -- commitment, perseverance and teamwork -- to enrich the lives of people in his community.
“It will be really special to wear the ‘C’,” Fisher said. “There’s no question it’s an honor, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to wear it for a great organization, great people and a great team. I believe they’ve given it to me for a reason, and I want to continue to do what I’ve always done, but more because I want to help this team win a Stanley Cup.”
from Robby Stanley at NHL.com,
The Predators have plenty of talent and are a team on the rise, but will they be able to break through in a competitive Central Division?
Here are four reasons for optimism entering this season:
Top four defensemen could be special
Subban adds to a top four that is arguably one of the best in the NHL. Subban, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis excel in moving the puck quickly and are sound defensively.
"I think the game is definitely trending in that direction where mobile, puck-moving defensemen are, first of all they're hard to find," Subban said. "To have four of them on your [defense] corps, I mean it's tough. You don't see that in very many teams in the National Hockey League. It always seems that Nashville has been able to produce and have great defensemen, and I'm just happy to be a part of that [defense] corps."
Full season with Ryan Johansen
For the first time in Predators history, they will enter a season with a true No. 1 center. That's been a hole they've had annually had in their lineup, but Johansen has the talent to be a difference-maker.
Johansen had 34 points in 42 games with the Predators last season after being traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman Seth Jones on Jan. 6. Johansen, 24, had instant chemistry with forward James Neal, and that could be a potent combination for Nashville this season.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Despite promising not to, P.K. Subban couldn’t resist taking a few shots at Canadiens’ management and coaching staff at Monday night’s final Just For Laughs gala.
“I’ve got some jokes and I’ve been working with some writers,” the former Canadien said during a Monday morning news conference about the P.K. Subban All-Star Comedy Gala at Place des Arts as he sported a limited-edition Just For Laughs “Subban” hockey jersey. “But if you’re expecting me to bash my (former) teammates or the management, it’s not going to happen.”
But once the flamboyant defenceman hit the stage in front of a rapturous crowd, it seems he couldn’t quite help himself. Among other jabs on the night, Subban dedicated a couple of cheeky country and western songs: Take This Job and Shove It was aimed at general manager Marc Bergevin and Good Luck with That was sent to his former teammates trying to win the Stanley Cup under head coach Michel Therrien’s system.
Nashville, Tenn. (July 26, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has signed forward Calle Jarnkrok to a six-year, $12 million contract. The contract will pay him $1.7 million in 2016-17, $1.8 million in 2017-18, $2.1 million in 2018-19, $2.2 million in 2019-20 and 2020-21, and $2 million in 2021-22.
from Josh Lile at WFAA,
The discussion that will never die keeps…not dying. This time we can blame Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens for lighting the cigarette near the gas leak by trading P.K. Subban for the probably washed up Shea Weber. (Special shout out to the man who traded Tyler Seguin for also trading Taylor Hall at almost the exact same time. What a stroke of good fortune for Peter Chiarelli.)
Today’s choose-your-own-adventure is built around the word “culture.” Culture is important. Culture isn’t important. Maybe culture is important, but overrated. You can’t measure culture, so leave the narrative-building to the neophytes. Narrative, analytics, culture, character, suffering, hammer, thumb, pain: the rabbit hole has no recognizable end point.
What do we actually know about culture?
We know culture as this mysterious “other” dimension that somehow dictates the inner-workings of major organizations. It’s often portrayed as something that just exists. “Hey the culture is here guys. Wait…you. You’re messing it up. Go away.” Culture is grossly oversimplified or misunderstood often, I think, largely because most people will never have to actively think about how to establish or tweak an environment for a large group of rotating people.
from Nate Rau of The Tennessean,
Attorneys for Nashville Predators part-owner David Freeman argued Wednesday that his lawsuit seeking to recoup the hockey club and Chairman Tom Cigarran should stay in a Nashville court — not be sent to the NHL for arbitration.
In fact, Freeman's case for keeping the lawsuit in Nashville hinges at least in part on the complicated legal argument that he's not technically an owner, but rather an investor in a trust that owns a portion of the Predators.
It's a critical point for Freeman, because he and others who buy an NHL franchise sign agreements dictating that their business disputes will be considered in arbitration hearings overseen by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
Check this out, as Predators GM David Poile introduces P.K. Subban to the Nashville media, as the franchise takes it’s next step to a Stanley Cup.
"If I put myself in a situation to have success where my body's in the shape I want it to be in and I gain that confidence over the summer with all of the work I've put in, I feel like the sky's the limit for me and I can do some great things."
-Ryan Johansen of the Nashvile Predators. More on Johansen from Adam Vingan of the Tennessean.
“I love Montreal. I’ve always loved the city, and when it really comes down to it, I never envisioned myself playing for any other team.”
In his first television appearance since being traded to the Nashville Predators, former Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban sat down with Sportsnet's Eric Engels for a two-part interview to talk about the trade, his time in Montreal, and his career so far.
Below, watch the full one hour interview and you can read Engels' column here from two days ago.
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