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Nashville scored, Edmonton challenged offside, goal stands.
It would have taken minimal effort to flash a picture of Johansen on the Jumbotron and have the PA announcer say, "Fans, welcome back Ryan Johansen," before the game, or during an intermission. It would have drawn some cheers and a few boos, and it would have been done, no sweat.
Johansen's contention: He received no "thank you" because Jackets management is still hot about the vicious contract negotiations that took place in the summer of 2014. If he is right, it speaks to a certain pettiness on the Jackets' part. I would hope that management here is not so small-minded. It would be bad for business.
Yet, Johansen's plea for martyrdom does not come off well, either. He has the size and skill to do his talking on the ice, he should have been supremely motivated, and he played one of his average games — which is why he was traded in the first place.
-Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch where you can read more on this...
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
On Sunday afternoon, Johansen, drafted by the Blue Jackets at No. 4 in 2010, said that "it feels like everyone’s forgotten about (the trade)," remembering his four-plus seasons in Columbus fondly.
At no point during Sunday’s game, however, did the Blue Jackets recognize Johansen, which he noted afterwards.
"I was a little disappointed they didn't put anything on the (scoreboard) to say thank you or anything like that," Johansen told reporters. "I think we all know who made that call, but whatever."
It’s unclear as to whom Johansen is referring to, though his Blue Jackets career wasn’t always sunny.
"You go into a third period with a 3-1 lead with your lives on the line, and that's the effort and the result that we get? It's unacceptable. We're fighting for our lives, and that's what we put out there for 20 minutes."
-Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars after a 5-3 loss to the Nashville Predators. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News has more.
Watch the game highlights below...
Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has acquired forward Vernon Fiddler from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2017 Entry Draft.
Fiddler, 36 (5/9/80), has appeared in 857 NHL games over parts of 14 seasons with Nashville, Phoenix (Arizona), Dallas and New Jersey. He has recorded 260 points (103g-157a) in his career, including three points (1g-2a) in 39 games with the Devils this season. The Edmonton, Alberta, native earned an assist on a third-period goal on Dec. 3, 2016, against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena.
Originally signed by Nashville in 2002 as an undrafted free agent, Fiddler spent six seasons with the Predators from 2002-09, totaling 93 points (45g-48a) in 305 games. He earned a career-high 32 points (11g-21a) with the Preds in 2007-08.
via the Nashville Predators,
The Nashville Predators activated defenseman P.K. Subban from Injured Reserve on Friday and expect him to play tonight in Edmonton.
The 27-year-old blueliner has missed the previous 16 games with an upper-body injury. Subban had 17 points (7g-10a) in the Predators' opening 29 games before exiting with what he described as "a new injury."
Adding Subban back into the mix will be welcome addition for the Preds, who are also missing another franchise defenseman in Roman Josi (Injured Reserve; upper-body).
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
A lengthy review ensued despite such a play not being reviewable by NHL rules, making the situation even more peculiar. The explanation of the overturned call — or lack thereof — didn't set well with Predators coach Peter Laviolette.
“I don’t know understand myself,” Laviolette said. "I don’t understand any explanation I got tonight. None. It’s frustrating. We’re in a playoff battle, so we need every point. We’re walking away with none tonight.”
a bit more
It would have looked a lot better if the ref waved off the goal instead of pointing out the puck crossed the line since it was probably his intent to blow the play dead.
Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the club has acquired forward Cody McLeod from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Felix Girard.
McLeod, 32 (6/26/84), has appeared in 659 games over 10 NHL seasons, all with Colorado, amassing 1,359 penalty minutes and 117 points (66g-51a). The Binscarth, Manitoba native has played in 28 games for the Avalanche this season and recorded 52 penalty minutes. He notched his first point of the season on Dec. 31 vs. the Rangers with a goal at 1:59 of the first period.
Originally signed by Colorado in 2006 as an undrafted free agent, McLeod has recorded eight fighting majors this season, fourth-most in the NHL. He led the League in fighting majors in 2015-16 with 12.
The game-winner by Calle Jarnkrok.
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