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Mike Ribeiro and David Poile answered questions from the media after Ribeiro signed a one-year contract with the Nashville Predators.
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Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Derek Roy to a one-year, $1 million contract.
“Derek brings us added depth, playmaking ability and experience at center, helping complement our young, developing wingers,” Poile said. “He has played in a number of roles, averaging about 19 minutes of ice time throughout his career, and is effective on the power play. He provides our coaching staff with some added skill and maturity down the middle when putting together our lineup for the coming season.”
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.
“Mike is a talented veteran center who has produced offensively everywhere he has played,” Poile said. “We have done our due diligence and believe Mike has a lot to offer to our team, improves us at our center ice position and will fit in with our group and contribute.”
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile released the following statement today regarding forward Mike Fisher.
“Predators forward and alternate captain Mike Fisher sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon during a training session and underwent successful surgery on Thursday, July 3. We expect Mike to make a full recovery in four-to-six months, and look forward to his return to the ice.”
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent defenseman Anton Volchenkov to a one-year, $1 million contract.
“Anton provides a strong veteran presence that will complement our young, talented defensive corps nicely,” Poile said. “He is a physical, left-handed shooting defenseman who can match up with top-line forwards and effectively kill penalties.”
Volchenkov, 32 (2/25/82), has suited up for 650 games for New Jersey and Ottawa (where he played with both Matt Cullen and Mike Fisher) since the 2002-03 campaign, posting 126 points (19g-107a) and 424 penalty minutes. Since 2005-06, the 6-1, 225-pound blueliner has the second-most blocked shots among all skaters (1,395) and the 10th-most hits among defensemen (1,313).
from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
Why do players not want to come to Nashville? It’s a tough question to answer. This place has a lot of elements going for it. For one, this is a growing hockey market that plays to big crowds at Bridgestone Arena on most nights.
There’s no state income tax, it’s an inexpensive place to live in, the winter weather is mild (a big deal for Canadians), and the team has a few good players in defenseman Shea Weber, forward James Neal and goaltender Pekka Rinne, and younger talents in defensemen Seth Jones and Roman Josi.
Yet, Poile must grimmace when he hears this from players — since he has basically built this franchise from the ground up.
Three posible reasons why the Predators may be on players’ no-go lists.
1. FEEL OF AN EXPANSION TEAM
A former player joked with me on the phone during a recent interview “are the Predators still rebuilding?” It was said in jest, but players talk, and if that’s the vibe about here from other players, then that’s not good.
from David Climer of The Tennessean,
With Peter Laviolette now in place as coach, the Preds have shifted gears. General manager David Poile dealt for skilled forward James Neal and has added veteran center Olli Jokinen in free agency. And Poile keeps hinting he’s not done.
It’s about time the Preds rolled the dice. Changing coaches and systems was a start. Acquiring players that don’t treat the goal like a no-fly zone is the next step.
Look, I have nothing but respect for the job Trotz did with the Preds. He consistently got more out of his team than the sum of its parts. The Preds’ failure to make the playoffs in the last two seasons was due to shortcomings on the roster and injuries, not Trotz’s strategy.
But things had grown stale. It was time for a fresh start and a new philosophy, one that doesn’t begin and end with strong defense and quality goaltending.
Del Zotto is 24 years old and shoots from the left side.
from Josh Cooper of the Tennessean,
The Predators and Michael Del Zotto appear to be done with each other.
Calling the 24-year-old defenseman “not a fit” for Nashville, Predators general manager David Poile said he had not yet given the restricted free agent a qualifying offer, which is due by 4 p.m. Monday.
That leaves three options for Del Zotto: He either will be traded, signed to an extension or left without a qualifying offer, thus making him an unrestricted free agent.
The last option seems the likeliest possibility. Last week, Del Zotto’s agent, Mark Guy, said he and the Predators had no discussions on an extension, and nothing appeared to have changed as of Sunday.
“Del Zotto is a good player. He’s a good offensive player. He couldn’t get ahead of (Roman) Josi, (Shea) Weber, (Seth) Jones and (Ryan) Ellis in the offensive situations,” Poile said Sunday. “We have all these balls in the air. We’ll see what happens.”
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