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from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
Predators defenseman Shea Weber’s offer sheet has been formalized into a contract, but it does not include a no-trade or a no-movement clause, his agent Jarrett Bousquet said Wednesday.
After Nashville matched Philadelphia’s 14-year, $110 million offer sheet on July 24, the Predators and Weber’s representatives had to decide on the terms of his contract for it to be official. Weber’s agents said they would ask Nashville for a no-movement or no-trade clause.
from Jerome Boettcher of the Nashville City Paper,
Status quo just won’t cut it for Tom Ciggaran anymore, particularly after a banner year.
As he addressed Nashville Predators fans at Bridgestone Arena on Monday night during the team’s annual Skate of the Union town hall meeting, the franchise’s chair revved up the crowd of 300 by rehashing the facts.
“By any measure last season was the best in the history of this franchise,” Ciggaran said. “We got to the second round of the playoffs for the second year in a row — the only team in the Western Conference to do so.”
But instead of building off the loud cheers and heavy applause, Ciggaran, in a soft tone, used this as a segway to expand on a well-known expectation within the Bridgestone Arena walls.
“The players and coaches and all of us expected more and were very unhappy with how the season ended,” Ciggaran said. “Their disappointment at only getting to the second round shows the kind of progress we are making on our hockey side. Our whole organization is not satisfied just with making the playoffs. We’re here to win the Cup.”
Nashville, Tenn. (August 20, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Mike Fisher to a two-year, $8.4 million contract that will pay him $4.2 million in both 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Nashville, Tenn. (August 17, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Scott Hannan to a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hannan, 33 (1/23/79), has amassed 197 points (33g-164a) and 522 penalty minutes in 908 regular-season games and 15 points (1g-14a) and 89 penalty minutes in 82 playoff games with San Jose, Colorado, Washington and Calgary since the 1998-99 season. The 6-1, 225-pound blueliner enters the 2012-13 season having played more games than any NHL defenseman in the last 10 seasons (798). Hannan dressed for 75-or-more games for the 11th consecutive season (78), and averaged more than 20 minutes of ice time for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons (20:21) with the Calgary Flames a season ago.
With the Hannan signing, the Predators now have two defensemen with more than 800 games of NHL experience for the first time in franchise history (Hannan, 908gp; Hal Gill, 1,070gp). Both veterans – in addition to top-four blueliner Kevin Klein – also perennially rank among the League leaders in average penalty kill time on ice and blocked shots. That trio joins the two-time Norris Trophy runner-up Weber and talented, offensively gifted under-23 NHLers Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis, giving the Predators both three left shooting and three right shooting defensemen among their balanced top-six corps.
from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
Jeff Cogen wants to make one thing perfectly clear: The decision to match defenseman Shea Weber’s offer sheet from the Flyers was an effort throughout the Predators organization, and he was just one part of the “most important hockey transaction in franchise history.”
With dust from the July 24 announcement finally settling, however, the team’s chief executive officer last week talked about rallying the organization for some challenges.
The Predators have to pay Weber $27 million over the next calendar year — as part of a 14-year, $110 million contract — so there is more pressure on the small-market franchise to bring in more money.
“It’s not about me,” Cogen said. “We come to work every day and we want to enhance the fan experience. We want to monetize some of the on-ice successes and re-invest it back into the team. …
“We hope to compete and not just survive in the NHL. I would argue we are (competing).”
from Duane Marsteller of the Tennessean,
A charter air service’s financial and legal problems could scramble the Nashville Predators’ travel plans as the season nears.
A spokeswoman said the NHL team is “exploring alternate travel options” in case Swift Air LLC is unable to fly players, coaches and equipment to and from away games starting this fall.
Swift Air filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in late June but has continued to operate, court records show. An airline also has filed a $50 million civil lawsuit accusing four Swift Air executives of fraud….
“The status of the debtor’s ability to perform under the contract … is of dire concern,” the Predators said in a court filing last month. “It is critical to know well in advance of the first preseason games whether the debtor will provide reliable transportation for the Predators.”
from Pierce Greenberg of the Nashville City Paper,
Local radio personality Adam Davis was running through a rehearsal of the Nashville Predators’ human hockey puck promotion last December when things went awry. Now, he’s suing the Predators organization and Bridgestone Arena management in Davidson County Circuit Court to recover medical costs totaling more than $25,000.
Davis, better known on WRVW-107.5 The River as Intern Adam, was supposed to be slung down the ice on a sled and into a set-up of bowling pins. But during the rehearsal prior to the Preds’ game against the Calgary Flames, he missed the pins completely and crashed into the side of the rink.
Here’s the video of the incident…
thanks to Adam Gretz of Eye On Hockey for the pointer
from Jamie McGee of the Nashville Business Journal,
The Nashville Predators kept their star defenseman Shea Weber Tuesday by matching one of the NHL’s most lucrative offers. As Nashville rallies around the team’s decision to hold on to its captain, consider these other figures for context:
$110 million: Salary Weber will make over 14 years. Also the amount of cash held by President Obama’s re-election campaign as of mid-June.
$51.04: Average ticket price to a 2011-12 Nashville Predators game, according to Team Marketing Report.
2,155,172: Number of tickets you could buy at that price for $110 million.
126: Number of times those tickets would fill each of Bridgestone Arena’s 17,113 seats.
from John Glennon of The Tennessean,
In his first public comments since the Predators matched a 14-year offer sheet for Shea Weber, the all-star defenseman expressed enthusiasm for returning to Nashville and said he hopes to finish his career here.
Those comments were in contrast to those of Weber’s agent, who in recent days said Weber wanted to play in Philadelphia — because the Predators were in a “rebuilding” stage and because the Predators didn’t have a track record of signing top free agents.
“I guess that was (agent Jarrett Bousquet’s) feelings,” Weber said. “Like I said, I was never a part of any of that. I didn’t make any statements publicly.
“I love the city of Nashville. I love the fans and my teammates. It’s a very positive thing that the ownership has stepped up and shown they’re going to be a team that’s going to spend to the cap and bring guys in and be a successful team.”...
Because he’d signed the offer sheet in the first place, however, there was some speculation Weber would push for a trade to the Flyers after this coming season. But Weber said he doesn’t envision that scenario occurring.
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