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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.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
In the end, it was Weber and Radulov who played key roles in the victory.
“We really wanted to win it for those guys,” said Max Pacioretty, who scored the winning goal with less than 30 seconds remaining in the overtime on a feed from Radulov. The Russian, who was banished from these parts after he and Andrei Kostitsyn broke curfew during the 2010 playoffs, also assisted on Weber’s tying goal in the third period.
“That was nice,” Radulov said of Weber’s goal. “I know he really wanted to win. He jumped into the play and I saw him all the way. I actually didn’t see the shot because I was right in the lane behind the net in case he missed. When I saw the celebration, I knew it was in.”
Earlier in the day, Radulov accurately predicted the way the crowd would react to the return of the former Predators. He said Weber would be cheered, but he didn’t expect the same reaction. He was right because he was booed each time he touched the puck. There were some half-hearted cheers when Weber’s goal was announced and hearty boos when Radulov’s assist was noted.
“It’s just a game,” said Radulov when asked whether he took any motivation from the jeers. “I can’t really control it. They’re fans and they buy tickets so they can do whatever they want.”
Below are the game highlights of Montreal's 2-1 OT win...
Weber received a standing ovation from the fans too.
The Canadiens play in Nashville tonight.
from Eric Engels of Sportsnet,
Weber’s shadow still looms large in Nashville, where his return is highly anticipated by his former teammates.
“It will be, probably, an emotional return for him but also for us players,” said Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne, whose days alongside Weber date back to their time with Nashville’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.
From 2005 until last summer, Rinne had a front row seat to Weber’s maturation. He marveled at his quick transition from impactful young player into a sort of father figure for up-and-comers.
The goalie couldn’t help but chuckle as he reminisced about how protégés took cues from Weber on everything—from how to play the game to when it was (or wasn’t) appropriate for them to go out on the town.
“He had that presence, and had that respect from all of his teammates,” said Rinne. “Some of the younger guys—anything he said they’d listen. He’s also a guy you don’t want to upset; you want to earn his respect and be loyal to him as your leader.”
As 25-year-old Predators defenceman Ryan Ellis said, “[Weber] mentored almost all the guys we have here, we’ll always respect him.”
via the Nashville Predators,
The Nashville Predators have placed defenseman P.K. Subban on Injured Reserve with an upper-body injury, and his status will be reevaluated in approximately two to three weeks.
Viktor Arvidssson beats Jay Bouwmeester then Jake Allen. The Predators defeated the Blues 4-0.
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
During an appearance on 102.5-FM on Thursday morning, Predators general manager David Poile updated the status of defenseman P.K. Subban, who will miss his sixth and seventh consecutive games Thursday and Friday because of an upper-body injury.
"The update, unfortunately, is minimal," Poile said. "We had hoped and thought with the injury that P.K. might be close to playing and we thought he might be on the ice (Wednesday), but that didn't happen. We're still on a day-to-day situation. ... Where I sit today, I'm hoping that P.K. in the next couple of days will be in a position where he'll want to be getting on the ice.
"Hopefully after these two games, he actually could be playing Tuesday against Montreal. If that's not the case, then we'll have another update at that time."
from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
Predators defenseman P.K. Subban won't play against the Wild on Tuesday, the fifth consecutive game that he will miss because of an upper-body injury.
"A little disappointing," Predators general manager David Poile told 102.5-FM on Tuesday afternoon. "We all thought that there was a good chance that he would skate today with the idea of maybe playing later this week, but that didn't happen. We're going to have a little meeting tonight with P.K. and the doctors just to see where we are."
Although Subban hasn't played since Dec. 15, the Predators haven't placed him on injured reserve.
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