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A disgruntled Montreal Canadiens season ticket holder says they will only be attending one game this season — when the Habs take on P.K. Subban's new team.
In a full page newspaper ad, which costs roughly $20,000, the self-described "lifelong fan" said the trade that sent Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber this summer has changed the way they feel about the team.
"Now, I feel anger, disappointment and embarrassment over the treatment of P.K. Subban by team management: the same sentiments that many felt after the Patrick Roy trade," reads the anonymous ad posted in Thursday's Montreal Gazette, signed by "Dr. CK and Family."
from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,
Around 3 p.m. EST on June 29, right before the news struck like claps of thunder—or, in one particular case, a bolt of Lightning—P.K. Subban was sipping red wine and studying the dinner menu at an upscale restaurant in Paris. North of his off-season home, Steven Stamkos had just teed off on the 15th hole at Goodwood Golf Club in Stouffville, Ont., and judged that it was his best drive of the summer. Across the continent, in British Columbia, Shea Weber was busy catching waves on the waters of Okanagan Lake. His cellphone, stashed away ashore, was starting to buzz.
Consider this: Had the NHL simply returned to its usual summer rhythm after the Oilers’ trade of winger Taylor Hall (the No. 1 pick in 2010) for Devils defenseman Adam Larsson (No. 4 in ’11) broke at 3:34 p.m., talking heads and fans would have considered themselves well-fed. Instead, six minutes before the hour, an even bigger blockbuster hit Twitter—Subban to Nashville, Weber to Montreal, a straight-up swap of the league’s two highest-paid defensemen, made even more intriguing by their divergent playing styles and dispositions. “People said it was a hockey trade,” Subban says. “I think it’s the furthest from that. I think it was a personality trade.”
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
Like anything else, the NHL works in cycles, and the current trend is speed. It came about as the rest of the league watched the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup this spring by blazing past their opponents, made possible in part by having a mobile, puck-moving defense.
Having designed their defense in such a way for years, the Predators are ahead of the curve in that respect. But by trading former captain Shea Weber for P.K. Subban on June 29 and buying out now-retired Barret Jackman the following day, the construction is complete.
The Predators don't have a crease-clearing, rugged defenseman on their roster because they don't need one. Instead, Nashville will use its slick-skating defense to steer play.
"There's no one skill in my mind that trumps skating now," Predators general manager David Poile said on the first day of training camp.
via the Nashville Predators,
As the Nashville Predators continue to make their push for their first Stanley Cup, General Manager David Poile made it clear he doesn't want anyone else behind the bench guiding them there.
Poile announced a two-year contract extension for Head Coach Peter Laviolette during the team's annual Skate of the Union address on Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena, a deal which will keep Laviolette in Nashville through the 2019-20 season.
Laviolette, who is beginning his third full season with the Preds, enters 2016-17 just 77 games shy of the 1,000 games coached mark, a milestone only 26 others have reached entering the season, and only 23 victories shy of the 500-win mark, a mark attained by just 23 other coaches entering 2016-17.
A native of Franklin, Massachusetts, Laviolette was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award in his first season with the Predators and guided the club to Game Seven of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the further Nashville has ever advanced in the postseason.
Laviolette has also been the head coach of the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers during his time in the NHL, winning the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Hurricanes and advancing to the Stanley Cup Final with the Flyers in 2010.
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.
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