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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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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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Steve Sullivan Likely Done For The Season

from the Tennessean,

Predators forward Steve Sullivan, barring a medical miracle, will miss the remainder of this season as he continues to rehabilitate from a pair of offseason back surgeries.

Sullivan recently returned from visiting a Seattle specialist, who told him that further rest and rehabilitation was the only cure for the fragmented disc in his back.

The doctor told Sullivan it normally takes six months to a year to recover from the operations, which means Sullivan most likely has several months before he would regain his health.

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Keeping the Weight On

From John Glennon at The Tennessean,

While most of us would worry about squeezing into our pants the next day, Predators goalie Dan Ellis has just the opposite problem. He’ll still have to worry about slipping out of his pads.

Ellis has the perfect metabolism for a supermodel. He can eat almost anything without gaining weight. Unfortunately for Ellis, his job description involves putting on about 40 pounds worth of equipment and skates, then sweating through 60 minutes of competition on a regular basis.

It’s no wonder that keeping up his weight — and his hydration level — proves such a challenge. The 6-foot, 185-pounder figured he loses about 10 pounds per game.

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Variable Pricing

from the Tennessean,

The Predators are one of a handful of NHL clubs that use variable pricing, and franchise officials said the aim is twofold: They want to increase ticket revenue in one of the league’s smallest markets and they want to reinforce the idea that it’s more economical to buy full or partial season tickets at one low base price as opposed to buying tickets to an occasional game or two.

The concept has been hotly debated among Predators fans, some of whom don’t like paying more for more popular games, especially when the team is trying to reach an average of 14,000 paid fans per game to keep its current lease with the city intact.

For instance, the overall attendance at the previous Detroit home game this season — the first premium-plus game of the season — was 14,346 (13,608 paid).

That’s a noticeable dip from most past home games against the Wings, which were usually either sold out or close to it in 17,113-seat Sommet Center.

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Update January 3, 2008: From The Daily News Journal

The Nashville Predators are starting the 2008 calendar year by eliminating the Premium Plus Pricing program that was implemented prior to the 2007-08 season, it was announced today by Predators’ President of Business Operations Ed Lang, impacting three remaining games this season.

The Premium Plus Pricing program was in effect for the following three games: Tuesday, February 12 vs. Detroit; Thursday, March 20 vs. Detroit and the home finale on Thursday, April 3 vs. St. Louis. Tickets for those three games will be reduced by as much as $39 a seat.

*note: this post originally dated December 10th, 2007

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No Passengers For Predators

from the Tennessean,

Predators center David Legwand and defenseman Ryan Suter returned to practice Wednesday but might not be back in the lineup for tonight’s game against Edmonton.

Although both are healthy enough to play, Coach Barry Trotz said he was happy with the performance of the players he used in the Predators’ shutout at Dallas on Monday and did not feel particularly compelled to change….

“No team in this league scares me enough to say, ‘We are over our heads here,’ ” Trotz said. “We’re not gifted enough to have passengers. We have to be good as a team, and that’s what we did in Dallas.”

more on the Predators…

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The Nice Player

from the Tennessean,

In a recent poll of NHL executives, coaches, players and media, only one Predator earned mention among the 22 categories.

It wasn’t team captain Jason Arnott, slick scorer Alexander Radulov or promising defenseman Shea Weber.

Instead, it was 19-year veteran Martin Gelinas, who finished second in this category: nicest player.

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