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via Reuters at the Globe and Mail,
Nashville Predators winger Sergei Kostitsyn, who joined Russian club Avangard Omsk during a work stoppage in the National Hockey League (NHL), hopes the lockout will lead to the cancellation of the entire season.
“Let’s put it this way – it would be better (for the players) if the lockout continues,” Kostitsyn was quoted as saying by Russian daily Sport-Express on Monday.
“Players want a definite answer. If the NHL season is lost – let it be that way. I would then play in Russia for the whole season.”...
Kostitsyn, 25, who joined the Predators from the Montreal Canadiens in June 2010, also said he hated life in North America and labelled Columbus “the gloomiest” city in the States.
“I couldn’t get used to (American) mentality. They are totally different people from us,” said the Belarussian, who was twice suspended by the Canadiens in 2009 after failing to report to their minor league team in Hamilton.
from Josh Cooper of Predators Insider at the Tennessean,
Below are some thoughts on the NHL’s latest collective bargaining proposal by Predators defenseman Hal Gill and forward Paul Gaustad. Both have been two of the more informed, and opinionated, Nashville players on the matter throughout the process.
Is this the framework of a deal?
(Gill): “I think it is a framework. Obviously we’re not happy with the percentage, but there are some other things that are good about it. And like I said, I don’t have the lawyer speak and fine print the lawyers have to look over and explain to us, but it looks like something that is workable and something that maybe we’re a little closer to being on the same page.”
What is your take on the proposal?
(Gaustad): “I think it’s a positive thing. The proposal is a good thing and that talks are continuing. What Don (Fehr) said the other day is correct that you have to take time to digest it and look over it and see what the best thing is for the players in the league. It’s always good that talks are continuing and a proposal is out there. I think today they’re dissecting it and guys are talking. Overall, I think guys view it as positive that there is a proposal.”
more from each...
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
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