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Nashville Depending On Defense

from the Tennessean,

The Predators did lose quite a talent in Kimmo Timonen, who’d posted at least 40 points in five straight seasons. But the addition of experienced Greg de Vries, the steady improvement of Zanon, Suter, Weber and Dan Hamhuis, and the potential of Marek Zidlicky should make for a formidable blueline unit.

“Our defense is very strong and it will probably be the strength of our organization for a number of years,” Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. “You’ve got the growth of the young guys and you’ve got the depth our organization has had in finding those type of players that are really strong.”

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Preds Increase Ticket Prices

from the Tennessean,

The Predators will raise single-game ticket prices by an average of about 25 percent for the coming season, vice president Steve Violetta said Tuesday.

In addition, the team will expand on the policy of variable pricing that it started in 2006-07, meaning single-game tickets will come in three different categories — regular games, premium games and premium-plus games.

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New Ownership Group Signs Purchase Agreement For The Nashville Predators

from the Nashville Post,

The local bidders attempting to buy the Nashville Predators signed the purchase agreement this afternoon with owner Craig Leipold.
Terms of the deal weren’t immediately available. It hasn’t been sent to the NHL yet, as lawyers are still working on some minor details.

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thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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Nashville Looks Within To Replace Sullivan

from the Tennessean,

We’re close to the cap and with the depth we have with our younger forwards, I think the coaches, management and scouts would like to see what we have,’’ Poile said. “We’d like to see if some guys can play a higher role in our organization.
“(But) if there’s an opportunity that presents itself, I’d present it to (current owner Craig Leipold) and or the new owners.’‘
Don’t expect that to happen in the near future.
“This is a tough time to make a deal,’’ Poile said. “There aren’t too many free agents to date and most clubs are pretty comfortable as to how they’re going to start the season.
“If there are going to be deals, it’s usually after training camp or the first month of the season, when there are injuries or certain guys aren’t playing as well as teams had hoped when they put together their depth charts.’‘

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Nashville Wants Same Type Deal Other Sports Teams Have Received

from Evan Weiner at MCN Sports,

It was nearly 12 years ago when New Jersey Devils owner Dr. John McMullen, who was one of the smartest men ever to own a major league sports franchise, was trying to explain his decision to stay in New Jersey after being offered a deal to move the 1995 Stanley Cup Champions to Nashville, Tennessee….
McMullen never said anything derogatory about Nashville but it was clear from his tone that he didn’t think a National Hockey League franchise in Music City could work and that was before Mayor Phil Bredesen enticed Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams to move his NFL team to the city.
But he made one prediction. Cities would start paying owners cash to keep teams within their boundaries. McMullen was a prophet. His words came to pass within two years….
Freeman’s group wants the city to give them about $3 million annually to help minimize financial losses incurred by the team. The group also wants to take over full responsibility for incentives to improve the Nashville arena’s financial performance and it also wants the city to guarantee that there will be 14,000 paid admissions for each Predators home game so that the ownership group does not lose NHL revenue sharing.
While Freeman and his group’s demands seems a bit outrageous, Freeman and his group are not reinventing the wheel. All they are doing is copying what Tom Benson did in New Orleans and what Alex Spanos accomplished in San Diego.

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Preds Will Start Season Without Sullivan

from the Tennessean,

A Predators team that had already lost a number of its top offensive performers from last season has suffered another blow.
Right wing Steve Sullivan underwent a second offseason back surgery on Thursday and is expected to be out of action for three months. The Predators hope he’ll return in early December and miss only the first quarter of the season.

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thanks to Spector for the pointer…

Running a little slow this morning, anyone want to guess why I was up until 3:31am ET?

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Preds Could Stay, Or They Could…

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Now, the owners’ catchphrase seems to be Do What We Want or Kiss the Team Goodbye. Kind of catchy, don’t you think?
This may all turn out to be a wonderful plan that could work out for the team and the taxpayers. The Predators may enjoy a long and happy life in Tennessee and host many Stanley Cup parades.
Or it could all turn to dust.
Which makes you wonder why the NHL’s other owners would want to venture down this road at all—not when they’ve been down similar roads with other cash-strapped owners too often in the past, not when there are more stable, attractive offers on the table.

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Purchase Of Predators Hinges On The Lease

from the Tennessean,

Whether you’re in favor or against the city agreeing to the lease changes proposed by the prospective owners of the Predators, there’s no arguing the bottom line:
If the lease changes aren’t approved, the bid of the primarily local group will crumble, leaving current owner Craig Leipold looking for a buyer just weeks prior to the start of the season.
David Freeman, who’s heading the primarily local group, made that clear last week.
He’s confident that if the group’s bid is on the docket at the Sept. 18 NHL Board of Governors meeting, it will be approved by the league. But he said it’s essential for the group’s purposes that the lease changes are approved shortly thereafter by the city.
“Our banks will not fund the deal without the amended lease because our banks have looked at the deal and said this team won’t survive financially without it,’’ Freeman said Friday. “Our bankers are unemotional about the transaction.

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Time A Factor In Nashville Sale

from the Tennessean,

Time is becoming a factor in a primarily local group’s bid to buy the Nashville Predators.
The group failed to complete a binding agreement with owner Craig Leipold on Friday as hoped, but believes it will wrap up the extensive paperwork next week….
David Freeman, who’s leading the local group, said delays arose after details of the local group’s proposed changes to the team’s lease with the city became public on Thursday.
The group’s letter of intent and its purchase agreement with Leipold expire in October on a date to be determined. At that point, Leipold could explore other options.
“We would no longer have any kind of agreement in place if the sale doesn’t occur by then,’’ Freeman said.

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added 8:59am, from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Nobody, absolutely nobody, outside of the group that has very tentatively purchased the Nashville Predators believes the NHL can work long-term in that city.
This is a mess that’s going to get worse before the team is shifted to Kansas City, a shame, really, when the best hockey market in the world in southern Ontario is ready, willing and able to welcome another franchise.

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Tax Money May Be Needed To Keep Preds In Nashville

from the Tennessean,

If taxpayers don’t pay an additional $3 million per year to support the Nashville Predators hockey arena, a deal to keep the team in town could fall apart, the leader of a local buyers group said Thursday.
David Freeman, CEO of 36 Venture Capital and leader of the group, said the partners are working with the city to have the public money come from sources like sales tax generated by the hockey team.
“We are trying to identify revenue streams that reflect incentives associated with having the Predators in town,” Freeman said. “For example, sales tax revenues generated out of the arena are an appropriate revenue stream to consider donating to this cause because those revenues would disappear without the team.”
Freeman’s comments came late in the day, after Tennessean.com reported on a city analysis that said the buyers group was seeking Sommet Center lease changes that would cost taxpayers $5 million more per year at the city-owned facility.

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added 11:59am, from the Tennessean,

The Predators have surpassed last season’s season ticket total.
The team finished Thursday with a total of 8,764 full-season ticket equivalents, topping the 8,758 the Predators finished with in 2005-06.
Predators vice president Steve Violetta said he feels confident Nashville can hit the 9,000 level by Labor Day, and added that ticket sales traditionally pick up in September, just before the season starts.

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