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Austin Watson Signs A Three-Year Deal With The Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (July 24, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed forward Austin Watson to a three-year, $3.3 million contract that will pay him $1 million in 2017-18, $1.1 million in 2018-19 and $1.2 million in 2019-20.

Watson, 25 (1/13/92), set career highs in goals (5), assists (7), points (12), penalty minutes (99) and games played (77) during the 2016-17 season as he established himself as an integral member of the Nashville roster. The 6-foot-4, 204-pound winger then added four goals and nine points in 22 postseason contests as the Predators advanced to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. Watson also appeared in 57 games for the Predators during the 2015-16 season, recording three goals and 10 points.

Previously, the native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, led Milwaukee and tied for 14th in the American Hockey League in goals (26) in 2014-15, in addition to tying for second among all AHL skaters in game-winning goals (8) while appearing in all 76 regular-season games for the Admirals.

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Viktor Arvidsson Gets A Seven-Year Deal With Nashville

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

Viktor Arvidsson received a new contract Saturday befitting a breakout star, with the Predators signing the energetic forward to a seven-year, $29.75 million contract, Arvidsson's agent told The Tennessean.

Few unheralded NHL players last season surprised more than Arvidsson. Expected to be a secondary contributor, Arvidsson erupted offensively with 31 goals and 61 points as part of Nashville's top line, tying for the team lead in each category. 

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Arvidsson had an arbitration hearing today.

added 8:04pm, Nashville release is below...

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Alexei Emelin Goes From Vegas To Nashville

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About The Nick Bonino Signing In Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (July 1, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has signed center Nick Bonino to a four-year, $16.4 million contract.

Bonino, 29 (4/20/88), is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion, having spent the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and recorded 18 goals and 37 points in 80 games in 2016-17 on his way to winning the Cup for the second consecutive season. Since 2009-10, the 6-foot-1, 196-pound centerman has posted 187 points (75g-112a) in 407 NHL games with Anaheim, Vancouver and Pittsburgh, including a career-high 22 goals and 49 points in 2013-14 with the Ducks. A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Bonino earned a bronze medal with Team USA at the 2015 World Championship, posting two goals and four points in 10 games.

Selected in the sixth round (173rd overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by San Jose, Bonino skated three seasons at Boston University, capturing an NCAA title in 2009 with the Terriers. Bonino was a point-per-game player at the collegiate level, recording 45 goals and 117 points in 116 NCAA games. Bonino was teammates with Predators defenseman Yannick Weber during the 2014-15 season in Vancouver.

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Scott Hartnell Returns To Nashville

Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Saturday that the club has signed forward Scott Hartnell to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Hartnell, 35 (4/18/82), returns to the city where his career began when the Predators selected him sixth overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound winger spent the first six seasons of his NHL career in Nashville, totaling 93 goals and 211 points in 436 games. From there, Hartnell spent seven seasons in Philadelphia, followed most recently by three seasons with Columbus. In total, Hartnell has skated in 1,187 career games, recording 314 goals and 683 points over that span to go along with 1,727 penalty minutes.

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Colin Wilson Goes To Colorado

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Cap Issues May Hit The Nashville Predators

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

So if it turns out the Predators do end up leaving James Neal exposed in the expansion draft, it won’t be because they don’t like him as a player. It will be more because he’s scheduled to make $5 million next season, while a player such as Calle Jarnkrok would be more valuable to them because he has four years left on his deal at just $2 million per season.

Prior to the Stanley Cup final, Predators GM David Poile was talking about how teams often get squeezed by the salary cap. “You can see it around the league,” Poile said, “and I’m not saying we’re not going to be there at some point. We’re going to be there very quickly. I mean, we re-sign (Ryan) Johansen and (Viktor) Arvidsson and we’re right there. We’re planning for it. Each year there are probably 10 or 12 teams that have cap issues that restrict them from doing certain things.”

And as Poile said, that day of reckoning is coming for the Predators. And soon. As it stands right now, the Predators have approximately $16.5 million in cap space remaining for next season. But that does not include contracts for restricted free agents Johansen, Arvidsson, Austin Watson, Pontus Aberg and Frederick Gaudreau. The Predators would also like to re-sign captain Mike Fisher, who’s an unrestricted free agent. So that money is going to go really quickly.

Let’s start with the two big fish, Johansen and Arvidsson. With Johansen, things are fairly straightforward. In his last contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, which came after long, ugly and protracted fight with the team, Johansen’s agent negotiated a deal that would see him make only $3 million in each of the first two years of the deal, a salary which went up to $6 million this season.

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Watching The Stanley Cup Final

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 12, 2017 – The six-game 2017 Stanley Cup Final featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators produced a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 4.762 million average viewers, making it the most-watched Stanley Cup Final on record without an Original Six team, according to Fast National Ratings from The Nielsen Company and digital data from Adobe Analytics.

Game 6 on NBC, which the Pittsburgh Penguins won by a score of 2-0 on Sunday night to become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998, averaged a TAD of 7.086 million viewers, up 29% vs. last year’s Cup-clinching Game 6 on NBC featuring Pittsburgh and San Jose (5.476 million).

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Video- Slowing Down The Stanley Cup Final

Nicely done.

 

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How Did You Do With Your SCF Pick?

A lot of hoping for the Predators...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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