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from the AP via Yahoo,
The new owners of the Nashville Predators are close to final approval on a revised lease agreement for their arena that has Nashville taxpayers helping subsidize the team.
The Metro Sports Authority approved the new lease by a vote of 7-1 Tuesday, and the Metro Council is expected to vote on the lease April 1 with only a simple majority needed for approval.
The agreement has Nashville paying the team $3.8 million each year, even when the Predators don’t lose that much money. If the Sommet Center’s losses are less than $3.8 million, the other money could be spent on the arena itself.
From John Glennon at The Tennessean,
The Predators will reach the paid attendance average necessary to qualify for the National Hockey League’s full revenue-sharing plan this year, team officials said Monday.
That means the Predators will receive in the neighborhood of $12 million, money that will help them re-sign their own players and free agents as well.
continued… *the NHL minimum paid attendance average for revenue sharing is 13,125; the Predators have averaged 13,145 through this season’s home games, with just 5 remaining
Update 8:56pm ET: More from David Naylor in Tuesday’s Globe & Mail.
from the Tennessean,
Predators center David Legwand, who was arrested and charged with driving under intoxication and implied consent on Feb. 15, pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless driving.
Legwand received a six months suspended sentence and six months probation — contingent on his attendance in alcohol safety school — and was fined $350. He lost his license for a year for refusing a Breathalyzer test at the time of his arrest.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
“For eight hours, we had to crawl under barbed wire while they’re throwing grenades and smoke bombs,” said Nichol, eyes lighting up following a 2-1 overtime win.
“We had to pull a Humvee a mile-and-a-half, we shot M16s and handguns, we flew in Black Hawk helicopters ... It was all about building teamwork and it was probably one of the hardest days of my life.”
“We were running through the woods and swamps and through holes and these night stalkers—who fly in at night and they never leave a man behind—are trying to grab one of our guys and they couldn’t,” said the 33-year-old Edmonton-born grinder.
“They said it was the first time in 25 years they couldn’t (capture) one of our guys. They were all pissed off. We had to stick together.”
With today marking the three-month anniversary of Predators Holding’s purchase of the team, NashvillePredators.com grabbed some time with David Freeman, the team’s new Chairman, to discuss his first three months on the job, the state of the team, and the plans for next season….
NP.com: Have you starting planning the budget for next season?
DF: Sure. Yes. Strategically it’s probably not good for us to talk about that publicly for competitive reasons. Our budget will be significantly higher than it was this year. In fact, I’m quite certain we will spend more on payroll next year than at any time in the history of the club. We’re that committed to building this team right back up.
read on at NashvillePredators.com…
Miller left the game clutching his right shoulder after a big hit by Nashville forward Jordin Tootoo with just two minutes left in the game and the Canucks ahead 6-2. Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault was clearly upset by the timing of the Tootoo hit.
“I’m just trying to get the game over with,” said Vigneault. “I don’t know why things like that happen and why a player would run 100 feet with a game over.
“No respect for the game and no respect for the opposition. It’s unfortunate there are a few of that type in the league, hopefully the league will deal with it.”
video added at 1:15pm...
from the Edmonton Sun,
This year, Tootoo had nine goals and six assists in 47 games. He scored 11 goals in his first three years.
“I’ve been trying to focus more on making plays rather than looking for that big hit,” Tootoo said. “I still have to be physical because that’s the foundation of my game. I think it really intimidates players knowing they have to be aware of when I’m out there and they have to keep their heads up.
“But I’m looking to do more than that now. I think that comes with maturity. I’m holding on to that puck for that extra-second longer instead of being so nervous with it that you want to get rid of it right away.”
from Mike Harrington at Sabres Edge,
We don’t see the Predators much at all, in person or on TV. Fine with me. What a bunch of chippy hacks.
Tampa Bay Lighting trade Jan Hlavac to the Nashville Predators for a 7th round pick. [TSN]
from the Tennessean,
Predators center David Legwand would not comment on reports Saturday that he is facing a DUI charge.
“The attorneys are handling it, and we will go from there,” Legwand said following the 6-3 loss to Dallas.
Said Coach Barry Trotz: “I am aware of the situation. From what I know we will let the courts handle it. No action will be taken until everything goes through the right process.”
more on the Predators…
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