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Give Trotz Job Security

From John Glennon’s blog at The Tennessean,

Over the past couple of months, the Predators have signed David Legwand to a six-year contract, Jordin Tootoo to a two-year contract and forward J.P. Dumont to a four-year contract. It’s time to show a little commitment to the organization’s coaches and scouting staff as well.

Predators general manager David Poile has already said new contracts are in the works for Barry Trotz and company, but it’s not clear yet what length the deals will be. The coaches have become accustomed to working on one-year pacts (they’re doing it again this season), but they deserve a little more security.

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  Tags: barry+trotz, coaching, contracts

Saluting Their Fans

From John Glennon at the Tennessean,

Over the years, hardcore Predators fans have stuck up for their team through lean seasons and trying times.

These days, the Predators are — quite literally — sticking up for their fans.

What began as a one-game salute to supporters last month seemingly has transformed into a Sommet Center ritual. After every home victory the Predators gather at center ice and raise their sticks in unison to the crowd.

“We just want to show our appreciation to the fans because they help us win games and because we need them to be successful,’’ forward Vern Fiddler said.

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  Tags: fans, vern+fiddler

Morning Line

from the National Post,

“You know, for 365 days, we have ‘GMs 101’ down pat,” (Nashville GM David) Poile joked. “But for that one day we do things we shouldn’t do.”

Why do GMs tend to wait right until deadline day to make those big deals? “Because we don’t want to do it,” he said.

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Enough Of This

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The Tennessean reports that almost three months after the Nashville Predators reached a deal with the city to keep the team there for at least another two seasons, it appears the deal is getting bogged down in the small print and the local government’s patience is running out.

Here’s an idea, then. Forget the deal was ever reached, rip it up while it still isn’t iron-clad and let’s move on, for everyone’s sake. Move the team to Kansas City to see how long it will take to fail there.

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Bettman Talks Salary Cap In Tennessee

from the Tennessean,

Bettman said he believes the new local ownership group can help the Predators get out of the red, even if the cap rises next season.

“I’m hoping and expecting, and I’m optimistic, that increased attendance, increased sponsorship involvement, increased business—that can be done with the enthusiastic support of the community—will also be a factor in bridging that gap,” Bettman said.

The spending money will have to come in part from increased fan and corporate support, since Nashville doesn’t get the big radio and television contracts some other NHL markets enjoy….

“If you think back to five years ago, there were teams with $20 million payrolls and $80 million payrolls,” Bettman said. “We believe the range we have is one that enables all teams to be competitive.

“If you look at the playoff races, if you look at our standings, I don’t think there’s a league with this kind of competitive balance. Every game throughout the season matters.”

On the plus side for small-market teams, the NHL’s revenue-sharing money increases as the league’s overall revenues rise.

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Dumont Extended

from TSN,

J.P. Dumont will be sticking around Nashville past the trade deadline as the Predators will announce that they have signed the forward to a contract extension.

TSN has learned that the Predators are prepared to announce that they have signed the 29-year old to a four-year deal worth $16 million. The Predators are expected to announce the deal at a press conference at noon eastern.

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Tootoo Agrees To Extension

via TSN,

The Nashville Predators and winger Jordin Tootoo have agreed on a contract extension.

Sources tell TSN it’s a two-year deal worth just under $1 million a season.

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Nashville Joins The Top 6 Forward Club

from the Tennessean,

If the Predators do make such a move, it will almost surely be to add an offensive-minded forward to an occasionally goal-challenged club.

“Our missing piece is a top-six forward,’’ Poile said. “We have one (injured Steve Sullivan), but he’s not playing. So we could add a top-six forward that could bring more offense, but — not to take myself off the hook — that’s a tall order.

“Because in my discussions all year long with most clubs, they’re looking for the exact same thing. Other than Ottawa and Detroit, almost every club would like a top-six forward.’’

Poile also isn’t willing to sacrifice large chunks of the future, as he did the last two seasons at the trade deadline.

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Budgeting for J.P. Dumont

From John Glennon at the Tennessean,

Said Dumont: “The contract stuff is not really in my hands. We would definitely like to stay here, but we’ll see. If it happens, it happens. Hopefully it will.’‘

The only question regarding a re-signing of Dumont would be money.  The Predators already have some relatively large salaries on the books for next season — Jason Arnott ($4.5 million), Legwand ($4.5 million), Steve Sullivan ($3.2 million), Marek Zidlicky ($3.2 million) and Chris Mason ($3 million).

Assuming Poile still plans to re-sign the key restricted free agents, will Dumont’s next salary fit the budget? Dumont is paid $2.5 million, but after posting a career-best 66 points last season and assuming he stays on course for 60 points this season, he’ll be due more money in the future.

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*Nashville’s current salary cap situation.

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  Tags: contracts, j.p.+dumont, salary+cap, ufa

Nashville Sees An Attendance Increase

from the Tennessean,

With more than half the Predators’ 2007-08 home games in the books, the team’s paid attendance average is below the level of two crucial goals set during the offseason.

But Ed Lang, the Predators’ president of business operations, is forecasting an attendance surge in the next three months that should ensure the franchise qualifies for the NHL’s full revenue-sharing plan.
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Qualifying for the full revenue-sharing plan means the Predators would receive an estimated $12 million to 13 million from the league, money that could be used to re-sign players currently on the team and to court free agents.

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