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from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,
Six weeks after pulling off the biggest trade of the year, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile was expecting more.
Not from Ryan Johansen, whom the Predators acquired on Jan. 6 in a one-for-one deal from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenceman Seth Jones, but the rest of the team.
“We felt doing the trade would get us to a higher level,” said Poile. “So far, we haven’t been able to find that higher level. We’ve been OK. We’re still a playoff team but we’re not playing to the level we did last year and the level we know we can get to.”
So far, Johansen has been every bit the player Poile knew he could. He has 16 points in 17 games (he had 26 points in 38 games with the Blue Jackets). He has a plus-5 rating (he was a minus-4 in Columbus) and he is becoming the No. 1 centre Nashville has coveted ever since the NHL expanded to Tennessee.
But while Johansen is holding up his end of the bargain, the Predators are 7-7-3 and continue to tread water as a wild card team in the Western Conference standings.
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George Stroumboulopoulos makes his way through Nashville, pointing out the sights and sounds of Music City as they prepare for the NHL All-Star festivities.
- TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger joined Mike Richards in the Morning on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto Wednesday to discuss Dion Phaneuf and the comfort he's found in Toronto this season.
Dreger says that if there was a deal on the table this past summer for the Maple Leafs captain, Phaneuf would have really considered lifting his no-movement clause to get out of Toronto. But when the Maple Leafs hired head coach Mike Babcock, things changed.
"During the off-season, I think it would have been very easy to convince Dion Phaneuf to waive his no-trade protection and accept a trade. I think he thought it was inevitable that it was coming, that it was just a matter of the phone ringing. Newport calling or Brendan Shanahan saying 'we got this deal, would you consider?' I believe he absolutely would of. Until they hired Mike Babcock and he a conversation with Mike Babcock," said Dreger on the radio....
- Having already acquired top-line centre Ryan Johansen from the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Nashville Predators seem interested in bulking up their offence.
ESPN Senior Writer Pierre LeBrun spoke to Preds general manager David Poile on Tuesday. Poile says the team needs to improve if they're going to have any chance at qualifying for the playoffs....
MONTREAL– Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Friday the acquisition of defenseman Victor Bartley and forward John Scott from the Arizona Coyotes, in return for defenseman Jarred Tinordi and forward Stefan Fournier. Bartley and Scott will both join the Canadiens’ AHL farm team in St. John’s.
Bartley, 27, appeared in one game with Nashville this season, totaling two hits and five blocked shots. He added one assist and 10 penalty minutes in 14 games with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals.
Nashville, Tenn. (January 15, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Stefan Elliott from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Victor Bartley.
Elliott, 24 (1/30/91), has skated in 82 career NHL games, posting 24 points (8g-16a) in parts of five seasons with the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound defenseman has spent the 2015-16 campaign with Arizona, notching six points (2g-4a), 10 hits and 16 blocked shots in 19 games.
added 3:41pm, Arizona release is below...
via the Nashville Predators,
While undercover, Shea Weber and Roman Josi interview unsuspecting passersby about themselves.
The Blue Jackets announced on Wednesday evening that the club has acquired defenseman Seth Jones from the Nashville Predators in exchange for center Ryan Johansen.
Both clubs confirmed the deal shortly after 6:30 p.m ET. Full details and additional coverage will follow later this evening.
Nashville release is below...
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,
The Blue Jackets may be on the verge of a big trade with a once-upon-a-time rival in the Central Division.
Multiple sources have told The Dispatch that trade talks between the Blue Jackets and the Nashville Predators have intensified in recent days, with Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen and Predators GM David Poile zeroing in on a blockbuster.
The two clubs would seem a perfect fit.
The Blue Jackets have made it clear they'd be willing to trade struggling center Ryan Johansen, and the Predators have a desperate need for an offensive boost, especially in the form of a prototype No. 1 center. Johansen, 23, was MVP of the All-Star Game last season, but he has fallen off precipitously this season.
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
If you’re looking for teams to watch on the trade front this month, Nashville would be one you’d want to keep your eye on.
The struggling Predators, held to two goals or less in 11 of the last 18 games, are clinging to the final wild card berth in the Western Conference and impressing no one these days with an oddly unbalanced team that’s again getting more consistent offence from its defence than its forwards.
Shea Weber and Roman Josi have combined for 51 points, including 19 goals, and just like last year, Nashville is getting more offence from its backline than any other NHL club.
Up front, the story is different. Filip Forsberg has been only okay with nine goals, while youngster Colin Wilson is a huge disappointment with only two goals. James Neal is the only Nashville forward who has 10 or more goals this season.
As a team, Nashville has a 6.8 per cent shooting percentage, which puts them in the bottom third of the league. Last year, they made a winter deal with the Leafs to bolster a strong lineup that managed 104 points, but neither Cody Franson nor Mike Santorelli helped and the Preds went out in the first round.
There are always rumours about possible deals involving Weber, who has a $7.85 million cap hit until 2026 but doesn’t have any no trade/no movement protection. The availability of Columbus centre Ryan Johansen, who had no points and no shots in 14:06 of ice time Sunday against Florida, has many making connections between the Preds and Blue Jackets.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Forget trying to make the call in real time, this was a very difficult play for the referees to ascertain through video review if Galchenyuk made a “reasonable effort” to avoid contact with Predators’ goalie Pekka Rinne. In the end, I believe the correct call was made despite the hook/pressure applied to the Montreal sniper by Weber.
Rule 69 (Interference on the Goalkeeper) makes a provision whereby, “If a an attacking player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by a defending player so as to cause him to come into contact with the goalkeeper, such contact will not be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for the purposes of this rule, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.”
Under certain conditions, this rule would provide for a hooking penalty to be assessed on Weber (must be made in real time and not through review) and if it was further determined by the referee (real time or coach’s challenge) that Galchenyuk did not make a “reasonable effort” to avoid Rinne the subsequent goal would also be disallowed.
Watch the play below...
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