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When Ryan Johansen Became A Fan

from Ryan Johansen of the Nashville Predators,

I stared at the ceiling as I lay in my hospital bed.

Was this really happening to me? Was it all over just like that?

Only minutes before, I was surrounded by screaming fans as my teammates and I tried to tie Game 4 of the Western Conference Final, and now I was surrounded by medical equipment in the hospital with a freakish thigh injury. Even just moments after it happened, I knew coming back to play at any point in the playoffs was probably not going to happen. I was done for the year.

But I couldn't give up on my team either. We were in the middle of a battle with the Anaheim Ducks for the Western Conference crown. I made a decision right then to just forget about the injury and focus on being the best teammate I could be. I wanted the guys to think that I wasn't even injured, even if my crutches would probably give me away. What I lacked in mobility, I was determined to make up for in support.

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P.K. Subban On The Protest

i just tweeted this and as expected, it is getting a lot of attention.

 

 

What P.K. said, via Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo,

Subban performed at a fundraiser on Tuesday night at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville, to benefit Comedy Cares. He told the audience that he would “never” take a knee during the national anthem, because he has too much respect for the American flag. His comments were sent to us by two eyewitnesses, and confirmed by the Predators. Subban, who is Canadian, is considered the most prominent black player in pro hockey.

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Roman Josi Is The New Captain Of The Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (September 19, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that defenseman Roman Josi has been named the eighth captain in franchise history. Additionally, defenseman Ryan Ellis was announced as associate captain and Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg as alternate captains.

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Ryan Ellis Out Several Months After Off-Season Surgery

via the Nashville Predators,

Predators General Manager David Poile announced Thursday that defenseman Ryan Ellis is expected to miss several months due to recovery from offseason surgery to repair a lower-body ailment.

Poile is hopeful Ellis will be able to return around the start of the new year.

The 26-year-old blueliner tallied a career-high 16 goals and 38 points during the 2016-17 season and battled injuries during the playoffs while helping to guide Nashville to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

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Dynasty In The Making In Nashville

from Josh Cooper at ESPN,

...but one other organization has built itself as the main challenger to their dynasties: the Nashville Predators, last year's Western Conference champions who swept Chicago out of the postseason and lost to Pittsburgh in the Cup Final.

"They have a great core of young guys who are locked up," an Eastern Conference scout said of the Predators. "They're obviously enjoying it there and love it there, and obviously winning helps that. There are no guarantees in sports. That's why you play the games, but it seems like they've set themselves up for a good run over a handful of years here that they can be potentially Stanley Cup contenders."

Over the past several seasons, Predators general manager David Poile has aggressively inked his star players to long-term, salary-cap-friendly deals, and so far almost all his moves have paid off. In many respects these decisions have been more impactful than Poile's headline-grabbing trade of defenseman Shea Weber for blue-liner P.K. Subban last summer.

All-Star defenseman Roman Josi will make $4 million per year through 2019-20 on a seven-year deal he signed before 2013-14. Fellow blue-liners Mattias Ekholm ($3.75 million per-year through 2021-22 on a six-year deal) and Ryan Ellis ($2.5 million per year through 2018-19 on a five-year deal) are also locked up to smart contracts below current market value. 

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Mike Fisher Hanging Up His Skates

from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

The career of arguably the most recognizable player in Predators history ended Thursday when captain Mike Fisher announced his retirement in an exclusive for The Tennessean.

Fisher played 1,088 NHL games across 17 seasons with the Predators and Ottawa Senators. The 37-year-old became synonymous with the Predators franchise during six-plus seasons, totaling 237 points in 413 games. 

At the conclusion of the Predators’ season following a six-game loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final, Fisher cited “faith, family and then hockey” as his personal priorities

"Everyone wants to win in this game, no one probably more than me," Fisher said in June. "But there's other things. At the end of the day, this is a game. It's an important part of my life, but it's not everything."

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The Salary Structure In Nashville

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Ryan Ellis is a good second-pairing defenseman. Nashville’s right-side defender, who played mostly alongside Roman Josi, scored 16 goals and 22 assists in 71 games for the Predators in 2016-17.

The 26-year-old Ellis is Nashville’s equivalent of John Carlson (27), Tyson Barrie (26), and Justin Faulk (25). Last season, Carlson scored 37 points, one fewer than Ellis. Barrie tied Ellis with 38 points. Faulk (17-20—37) was one off Ellis’s pace.

The difference between Ellis and his cohorts is price. Nashville is paying the bushy-bearded defenseman $2.5 million annually for two more years. Barrie is coming off his first season of a four-year, $22 million contract. Carolina has Faulk under contract for three more years at $4,833,333 annually. Carlson is entering the final season of a six-year, $23.8 million extension.

In that context, the Predators are enjoying more value for Ellis than their competitors are for their right-shot defensemen. It’s something Nashville has done quite well.

The organization has offered an inviting mix of culture, opportunity, fit, and lifestyle. Its younger players have bought in.

Nashville’s latest example is Viktor Arvidsson.

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The Nashville Predators Sign Ryan Johansen To An Eight-Year Contract

Nashville, Tenn. (July 28, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the Predators have signed center Ryan Johansen to an eight-year, $64 million contract that will pay him an average of $8 million annually through the 2024-25 season.

Johansen, 24 (7/31/92), co-led the Predators in scoring during the 2016-17 campaign with 61 points while appearing in all 82 games, recording 14 goals and 47 assists. His 47 assists during the most recent campaign set a career high. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound native of Vancouver, British Columbia then added three goals and 13 points in 14 games during Nashville's postseason run before being sidelined in the Western Conference Final due to injury. 

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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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