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Mike Fisher Now A Nashville Predator

Nashville, Tenn. (February 10, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired center Mike Fisher from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Nashville’s first-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft and a conditional pick in the 2012 Draft. The conditional pick is Nashville’s third-round selection if the Predators win one round in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and turns into a second-rounder in 2012 if the team wins two-or-more rounds.

“We were seeking a top-six forward and Mike Fisher was the player we set our sights on,” Poile said. “He plays playoff-style hockey all season long. He plays on the power play, kills penalties, is strong on draws and can match up against any opposing line.”


Let’s go back to late July of 2010 and read about Fisher’s views of Nashville…

 

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Video- Sergei Kostitsyn With A Gordie Howe Style Goal

Short-handed against the Wings last night…

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TooToo Can Practice With Predators While Continuing Outpatient Care

TORONTO/NEW YORK/ (January 31, 2011)—The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced today that forward Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators has entered the follow-up care phase of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program of the NHLPA and the NHL. Tootoo is cleared to return to practice with the Predators while he continues his outpatient care. Tootoo is not cleared to play in NHL games or to travel with the Nashville Predators on their road trips.

      On December 27, 2010, Tootoo voluntarily entered an in-patient care program. Tootoo’s care continues to be administered by SABH Program Doctors Dave Lewis (NHL) and Brian Shaw (NHLPA).

      There will be no further comment at this time.

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The Life Of The Equipment Men On A Road Trip

from the Tennessean,

11:05 a.m. Practice ends and the Predators file off the ice at Bridgestone Arena.

11:10. Players stuff their equipment into blue-and-yellow bags in front of their stalls while equipment manager Pete Rogers lines up sticks numerically in the hallway outside the locker room.

11:25. Rogers, assistant equipment manager Jeff Camelio, and players load the bags — each the dimensions of an average refrigerator — onto a large dolly. The blue helmets (the ones the Predators wear for home games) are the only equipment that remain in the stalls.

11:36. Rogers checks the stick count on a notepad. He looks at extra jerseys in case one or more players are called up from Milwaukee.

continued

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What Will Shea Weber Do?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

This is your sixth season with the Nashville Predators and, over that time, your team has excelled at drafting and developing players in the post-lockout NHL.

The Predators have also made the playoffs in four of the last five seasons. And this year, to the astonishment of most observers, they sit fourth in the hyper-competitive Western Conference.

That, at least, is the good news. The not-so-good news is the Preds seem to be bumping their heads against a glass ceiling. Over the span of Weber’s career, they haven’t won a playoff series, they’ve ranked in the bottom third of the NHL in payroll every season but one and they’ve been drained of an extraordinary amount of talent — including but not limited to Dan Hamhuis, Marek Zidlicky, Kimmo Timonen, Scott Hartnell, Tomas Vokoun and Alex Radulov.

So here’s the choice if you’re Weber. Do you commit to the Preds, knowing they’ll always be competitive but they might lack the resources to rise to the next level? Or do you tell the organization, “Look, I’ve given you six good seasons. I’m going to be unrestricted in another season and I’d like to win. Why don’t you move me while you can still get something for me?”

read on

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Ryan Suter Drawing Comparison To Lidstrom

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

Since Suter does everything well, he seems somewhat unspectacular on the ice to the common fan. The phrase “under-the-radar” and the name “Ryan Suter” go hand in hand. But a breakthrough Olympics in 2010 and a stellar 2010-11 season have given people cause to take notice and see Suter as one of the top defensemen in the NHL.

“He doesn’t have any super powers, but he does everything at an eight or a nine level,” USA TODAY hockey writer Kevin Allen said. “He is to Nashville what Nicklas Lidstrom is to Detroit. I don’t think there’s any question.”
Lidstrom comparison

Before turning aside the association with the six-time Norris Trophy winner (as the NHL’s top defenseman), four national analysts were interviewed for this story. Each, without solicitation, brought up Lidstrom in comparing Suter to him.

“Not that he is Nicklas Lidstrom, but the kind of things you’ve seen from Nicklas Lidstrom for 20 years, those are the kinds of things Ryan Suter brings to the game every night,” ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside said.

read on

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Video- Stick Save

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O’Brien Suspended For Two Games

via Craig Custance tweet,

Preds D Shane O’Brien suspended two games.

I believe he had a high stick on Stephen Weiss last night.

added 3:11pm, Just wanted to note Josh Cooper actually broke the suspension on Twitter.  Thanks to those who let me know.

added 4:35pm,

TORONTO (January 14, 2011) – Nashville Predators defenseman Shane O’Brien has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $39,024.40 in salary for a high-sticking incident against Stephen Weiss of the Florida Panthers in NHL game #650, January 13, the National Hockey League announced today.

O’Brien, who was suspended for one game on November 3, 2009, is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Accordingly, he forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186).  The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

      O’Brien will miss both of Nashville’s weekend games—a home and home series with the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday and Sunday

added 6:31pm, video of the high-stick is below…

 

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Nashville Stars

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

What irks Trotz just a bit is that people around the league don’t seem to recognize the star players on his team.

“Sometimes I think people don’t think we have any players and coaches and management here maybe get too much credit but we have some really good players,” said Trotz. “Suter and Weber are really all-world. I was disappointed because I thought Rinne, Suter and Weber—all three should have been in the All-Star Game. I’m biased but I see them on a nightly basis and I know how good they are.”

Only Weber got the All-Star nod. Trotz continues to be amazed that Suter isn’t regarded as highly as he should be.

“Ryan Suter doesn’t get nearly enough credit for how good he is. He is just outstanding,” said Trotz.

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Predators Extend Jerred Smithson

Nashville, Tenn. (January 12, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Jerred Smithson to a two-year, $1.6 million contract. He will make $800,000 during both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

Smithson, 31 (2/4/79), has played in all 42 of Nashville’s games this season, posting eight points (4g-4a). He ranks eighth in the National Hockey League in face-off winning percentage (58.7) and ninth among League forwards in average shorthanded time on ice, a category he’s led the team in the last four seasons. He’s also paced Predator forwards in hits the past three seasons, and again leads the club in the statistic. Additionally, the Vernon, B.C., native ranks fifth franchise’s all-time shorthanded points list (5g-4a)

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