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via Jimi Russell at the Nashville Predators site,
After missing 51 games due to an infection in his surgically repaired hip, goaltender Pekka Rinne will start for Nashville on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rinne recently completed a two-game conditioning stint with the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals (Feb. 28-March 3). The Kempele, Finland won both outings, turning away 33-of-35 shots against to post a .99 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage.
In his last five NHL games prior to his injury, Rinne was 3-1-1 with a 1.60 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage – turning away 120-of-128 shots in those contests. The two-time Vezina Trophy finalist is just five wins shy of surpassing Tomas Vokoun's mark in all-time wins (157; Vokoun, 161), and has been among the League’s elite since becoming a full-time starter in 2008-09, ranking first in shutouts and among the Top 10 in wins, save percentage and goals-against average prior to his injury.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
I know Weber’s the face of the Predators, but I also know if the future Hall of Famer Pronger can be traded, so can Weber.
I also know Oilers president of hockey ops Kevin Lowe LOVES Weber. Weber is in his prime, he’s 235 pounds, only Zdeno Chara shoots the puck as hard, and Z stands in front of the net on the Boston powerplay now.
So Weber, who probably has at least seven more years as an elite defenceman, currently pounds it better than anybody else.
If you were the Oilers and Weber was in play, what would you be willing to give up?
Would you consider trading Taylor Hall or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for Weber? I can’t fathom the Predators not asking for either Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Taylor Hall, who might get 80 points this season, in any package for Weber.
Would that be a non-starter for the Oilers or is Weber, in his prime, too good to pass up, no matter the cost?
from Josh Coopler of the Tennessean,
Predators general manager David Poile said Thursday he currently has no sight in his right eye, the result of injuries suffered when he was struck by an errant puck earlier this month.
Poile, 64, spoke to reporters for the first time since the incident, which occurred at the team’s morning skate on Feb. 6 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. He has since undergone three operations on his eye, nose and face, two in St. Paul and one in Nashville at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
“I fractured my nose in three different places, the orbital bone was broken above and below the eye, they have taken the stitches out and done a fabulous job there,” Poile said during a brief press conference at Bridgestone Arena. “The downside at this point is the right eye, I have no sight in my right eye. The doctors are still holding hope that some sight will come back there, but at the moment, that’s where we are.”
continued with video of Poile talking with the media..
Below, watch Poile as he discusses the Predators, Team USA and his health...
via Kevin Wilson of the Nashville Predators,
The Nashville Predators issued the following medical update on General Manager David Poile, who was struck by an errant puck during the Predators morning skate at Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 6. He originally underwent two surgeries in Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., that afternoon before returning to his Nashville home on Feb. 9.
David underwent an eye-related procedure at Vanderbilt Medical Center on Friday, Feb. 14, designed to allow for further evaluation of his injury. He originally suffered a fractured orbital bone and fractures in his nose. He is wearing and will continue to wear a patch over his injured eye while remaining under observation as the medical team continues to assess his recovery.
via the Nashville Predators,
Predators’ General Manager David Poile returned to Nashville on Sunday and is recovering from injuries sustained when struck by a puck last Thursday morning during the team’s morning practice at the Xcel Energy Center.
Due to the injury and recovery, Poile, who is also General Manager of Team USA, will not travel to Sochi for the 2014 Olympics. He issued the following statement today:
“I first want to thank everyone who has reached out to me since suffering this injury. The outpouring of support and comfort has been overwhelming. My priority is to adhere to the advice and counsel of the medical team and, as a result, I will not be traveling to Sochi to be with Team USA during the Winter Olympics. Serving as GM of the U.S. Olympic Team has been the opportunity of a lifetime and I am forever grateful to USA Hockey. However, it is not possible for me to travel at this time, but I will remain in contact with Ray Shero, Brian Burke, Jim Johansson and our coaching staff during the Games. Team USA is in great hands and I will be there in spirit. I wish all the best for our players, coaches and entire group as they begin play in the 2014 Olympics and go for the gold.”
via the Nashville Predators PR department,
Predators General Manager David Poile underwent two successful surgical procedures in the nose and eye areas and received stitches to repair a facial laceration suffered yesterday when hit by an errant puck during the Predators’ morning skate at Xcel Energy Center. He is resting and recovering and will remain in the hospital for further observation. His return to Nashville is yet to be determined and is pending doctors’ evaluation and recommendation. At this point, he will not travel to Sochi as originally planned with Team USA on Sunday, but he does look forward to joining Team USA during the Olympics.
David and his family appreciate the inquiries and well wishes received, but there will be no further comment at this time and they appreciate everyone respecting their privacy.
via the Nashville Predators,
Predators’ television broadcaster Pete Weber underwent a successful heart procedure this morning in a St. Paul, Minn. hospital. He is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital recovering for the next couple days before returning to Nashville. He will miss tonight’s (at Minnesota) and Saturday’s (vs. Anaheim) Predators’ games.
Willy Daunic will work with Terry Crisp on the Fox Sports Tennessee telecasts tonight and Saturday while Milwaukee Admirals’ play-by-play broadcaster Aaron Sims will join Stu Grimson on the radio call tonight on 102.5 The Game.
The Predators and Predators’ fans wish Pete a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to play-by-play duties when fully recovered.
added 1:32pm, More from Russo...
Trotz said Poile was hit by a rocket while standing in tunnel. Says he thinks he'll be ok. Hit above eye, so thinks vision will be ok
added 2:32pm, Nashville release below...
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
The Predators traded forward Matt Henrdicks to Edmonton to bolster their goaltending situation on Jan. 15, but were underwhelmed by the condition of their new acquisition’s game.
“We got Devan from Edmonton, and what we realized very quickly was that Devan has a lot of… I’ll say bad habits he’s picked up this year,” Predators coach Barry Trotz told Nashville radio station 94.9 Game2 on Wednesday. “We started him at home, and you could really see he was out of sync in his game, so we wanted to spend some time with him working with [goaltending coach] Mitch Korn, just being able to get his game in order.”
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