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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...

Check your predictions here.

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Wrapping Up The Stanley Cup Final

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Move over, Super Mario.

Mario Lemieux said Sidney Crosby “just might do it” when he passed the torch to his protege in 2006 and it’s official now: there’s a new emperor Penguin in Pittsburgh.

Crosby one-upped his former landlord, teammate and now boss when he collected his third Stanley Cup from commissioner Gary Bettman on Sunday night in Music City, giving his reign one more than Le Magnifique.

Now, with his legacy cemented by his unique blend of skill and will, the only question is where Crosby fits among the handful of greatest players of all-time.


from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Why us? Or not again?

Nashville Predators had every right to be asking those questions after having another goal taken away from them in the Stanley Cup Final.

A second period goal — different from the coach’s challenge offside that cost them a score in Game 1 —  should have counted Sunday night.

It would have counted had referee Kevin Pollock not blown his whistle prematurely, costing the Preds an important 1-0 lead on a night when goals were so difficult to come from.


More columnists below...

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Right Now ‘It Sucks” In Nashville

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

Every previous Predators season has ended weeks or months short of the culmination of the NHL season, the golf clubs out of garages and put to use long before the Stanley Cup came out of its box in some far-away arena.

On Sunday night, it was in Bridgestone Arena, which is pretty remarkable when you think about it. But this probably isn’t the time for that, not now, not after it appeared in the most painful of circumstances for the Predators and their fans. Not with Sidney Crosby lifting it above his head after leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a championship-clinching 2-0 win over the Predators in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Not after the way it all went down, a ridiculous officiating error costing the Predators a 1-0 lead early in the second period. The official first goal came 37 minutes later, the game winner from former Predator Patric Hornqvist with 1:35 to play.

A wacky bounce, a shot off the back of Pekka Rinne and that was it – an empty netter for Carl Hagelin followed, then a wild pile-up on the ice for the guys in the white uniforms when the horn blew. It was numbness everywhere else in the building. The Stanley Cup stays with Pittsburgh, the NHL’s first repeat champion since the Detroit Red Wings of 1997 and ’98.

"It just feels wrong right now – it's tough to accept," said Rinne, who put in a night of work that normally would have produced a convincing win.

“It’s hard to describe," Predators defenseman P.K. Subban said of the feeling afterward. "When you dream about lifting the Stanley Cup as a young kid – and the dream’s happened probably about a million times for most of us – being that close, being two games away, 120 minutes away from lifting the Stanley Cup, it sucks."


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It’s Two Cups In A Row For The Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 to win the Stanley Cup.

Congrats to the Pittsburgh organization, fans and all who follow the Penguins.

The Nashville Predators put up a good fight and a great show in their town, all of Nashville should be proud.

Game winning goal from Patric Hornqvist is below...

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Video- The Nashville Goal That Wasn’t

Ref lost sight of the puck, whistle blown.


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Open Post- Game 6 Of The Stanley Cup Final

Will we have a game 7 on Wednesday?

Pittsburgh @ Nashville, PIT leads 3-2, 8 p.m., NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS

The comment section is all yours.

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P.K. Subban Silenced?

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

This isn’t really a story about the media. On the morning of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final, in which the Pittsburgh Penguins had a chance to win a second straight Stanley Cup, Nashville’s P.K. Subban skated. The NHL’s media rules say if a player skates, he must be made available to the media. Reporters like talking to P.K. because he is one of the few hockey players who tries to entertain, who is not afraid to show his personality. Besides, Subban had not spoken since after Game 5, two days earlier. So, a ring of us waited for him. Standard issue.

Subban walked into the crowded dressing room and started towards the ring of media at his locker, and was heard to ask team PR director Kevin Wilson, “Do you want me to talk today?” Wilson directed Subban back out of the room for a moment, and then Subban walked through the room and didn’t stop.

The team’s explanation: Gosh, they had meant to make Subban available on Saturday, but dagnabbit, he slipped away before they could. And he had not spoken on the morning of a game all playoffs, so their hands were tied, see? Some falsehoods are barely worth telling, but there you are.

Again, this only seems like a media story. You would think a sport would want its biggest and most marketable stars to be front and centre at its showcase event, but hey, none of Pittsburgh’s best players have spoken on the morning of games all playoffs long. Putting your stars in front of cameras is, or should be, sports marketing 101.


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