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Nashville, Tenn. (June 27, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Filip Forsberg to a six-year, $36 million contract. Forsberg will make $6 million each season from 2016-17 to 2021-22.
“Filip is among the most skilled, dynamic talents we've ever had in the organization and is an integral part of our success for the next six years and beyond,” Poile said. “While we have already seen his creativity, hockey sense and puck skills, he has yet to reach the peak of his abilities. We have full confidence that he will continue to blossom into one of the top players in the world.
This is just another example of our ownership group’s commitment to the franchise, our fans and the entire community to build a team that can reach our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”
Nashville, Tenn. (June 20, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has acquired Minnesota’s third-round selection, 76th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft, from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Jimmy Vesey.
added 4:39pm, Buffalo release is below...
from Tal Pinchevsky of ESPN,
The San Jose Sharks didn't exorcise all the demons of past playoff disappointments with their 5-0 Game 7 rout of the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. But they did take a big step toward rewriting the history of a franchise long associated with tough luck in the postseason.
Big names such as Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture still make up the core of this team, combining for four goals and six points in Game 7. But look past those familiar names and you'll find five ways this group is very different from Sharks teams of the recent past.
1. The torch has been passed: The Sharks initiated a philosophical shift in 2014 when stars Thornton and Marleau were stripped of their captain's "C" and alternate captain's "A," respectively. Two years later, Pavelski wears the "C" and Couture wears the "A," a wardrobe change symbolizing the final stage of that shift. And with Pavelski and Couture's performances in these Stanley Cup playoffs, they established themselves as faces of this team.
Check out the handshake line below...
from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,
The final tally is seven up, seven down for the Nashville Predators in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, four weeks of roller-coaster hockey to be remembered.
It will be celebrated, too. This team — built by David Poile, coached to relentlessness by Peter Laviolette — did much to shake this franchise’s cutesy, small-market image. There’s no shame in losing to the San Jose Sharks in Thursday’s Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.
There has to be some embarrassment in the final performance, though, and the ugly 5-0 final score. And there should be some regret.
That should precede appreciation of the deepest playoff run in franchise history, and any talk of potential runs to come for a young, talented nucleus. And that’s because you just don’t know when the next opportunity like this will come around.
“It’s a difficult feeling when you work so hard to get to this point and you realize you’re one step from something that, we haven’t been there,” said Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who carried his franchise to the doorstep of its first conference final and was given no chance to open the door.
Game highlights are below...
Nashville @ San Jose 9:00 PM ET, NBCSN, SN & TVAS
Winner will face the St. Louis Blues on Sunday at 8:00pm ET in game 1 of the WCF.
I am going with what some will consider an upset, Pekka Rinne 'stands on his head' and the Predators win 3-1.
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
The San Jose Sharks know outsiders will be judging them leading up to Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Nashville Predators at SAP Center on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).
The narrative will be about past failures, including their most recent Game 7, a fourth straight loss to the Los Angeles Kings that sent San Jose out of the playoffs in the first round in 2014.
Veteran forward Joe Thornton, often a central figure in those stories, doesn't care about the past. At 36, Thornton, knows the opportunities to play in these games are dwindling.
And so may the chances for this group of veteran Sharks to win.
San Jose has never made it to the Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks reached the Western Conference Final in 2010 and 2011, but lost to Chicago and Vancouver, respectively.
They have since lost in the first round to the St. Louis Blues in 2012 and then had back-to-back Game 7 losses to the Kings, the first coming in the second round in 2013.
NEW YORK (May 10, 2016) – Four Western Conference rivals will vie for the two berths in the Conference Finals in a pair of Game 7s this week. The Dallas Stars will play host to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, May 11 (8 p.m., ET/7 p.m., CT, NBCSN, SN, TVAS), followed by the San Jose Sharks taking on the Nashville Predators on Thursday, May 12 (start time and broadcast coverage TBA).
from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,
The shots were 25-9 Nashville in the final 40 minutes of regulation, and San Jose’s lone goal after the bang-bang start was a routine Logan Couture shot on the power play that found the net after Rinne lost his footing and slipped to the ice. That threatened to extinguish the Predators despite their dominance.
Yet less than three minutes later, the Predators responded. Mike Ribeiro got the puck to James Neal, who got it to Colin Wilson, who slammed it home. Neal and Wilson continue to terrorize the Sharks.
And Arvidsson continues to … wait, who? Count that as another Laviolette adjustment to pay off — he moved the tiny Swede to the first line with Johansen and Filip Forsberg on Monday, replacing Craig Smith. Arvidsson was a burst of speed and a fluttering backhand and moment to remember in overtime.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said. “I saw the crowd go crazy, and I didn’t know really what to do.”
Now the Predators will have to figure out what they need to do to win in San Jose – they’re 0-7 in that building in their postseason history, and the home team is 6-0 in this series. They’ll also have to figure out what to do with that strange, extra day between games.
Below, watch the game highlights...
Dallas @ St. Louis 8:00 PM ET NBCSN (John Forslund, Pierre McGuire), CBC & TVAS
San Jose @ Nashville 9:00 PM ET CNBC (Chris Cuthbert, Joe Micheletti), SN & TVAS2
A win tonight will put the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks into the Western Conference Finals.
The Blues don't want to go back to Dallas for game 7 and the Sharks with a win would get a little more time off.
Desperation time tonight.
from David Ammenheuser of The Tennessean,
Nashville has never advanced in the playoffs beyond Game 6 of a Western Conference semifinal series. Saturday's 5-1 loss at San Jose puts the Predators in a 3-2 hole in the best-of-seven series. The Predators need a win at home on Monday to keep their season going and to earn a trip back to San Jose for Game 7 on Thursday.
“I don’t think you look to put (yourself) in that position," James Neal told Tennessean reporter Adam Vingan after Saturday's loss. "I think we just didn’t have our best game tonight for whatever reason, so we just need to go back into Nashville and have a better game and be ready. Our team will. I believe in the guys that we’ll regroup and get some rest and be ready to go, so that’s all that is.”
This is just the second time the Predators are still playing this late into May. The last time came on May 9, 2011, when Vancouver won 2-1 at Bridgestone Arena and eliminated Nashville from the Western Conference semifinals in Game 6.
While the odds are stacked against them, the Predators have been in this must-win-two scenario before.
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