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Looking At Barry Trotz

from the Tennessean,

Barry Trotz has a new look. After years of coloring his ever-maturing locks, the Predators coach has traded his bottled brown for au natural.

The look suits the tenured coach, but even now, with his gray shining through, blue is the color that really defines him.

The son of a railroad mechanic and a restaurant employee, Trotz and his blue-collar work ethic have followed an untraditional path to the upper levels of the National Hockey League.

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Nashville Deal In Doubt

from the Tennessean,

The leader of a local group trying to buy the Nashville Predators said Monday that he doesn’t expect the deal to work out.

The group on Saturday asked for new tax money and several improvements to the Sommet Center, where the Predators play. According to leader David Freeman, the city has rejected the requests.

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Zanon A Key Dman For Preds

from the Tennessean,

At this time last year, defenseman Greg Zanon was skating the thin line between the big league and the developmental one.

This season he will play a vital role for the Predators, in the big league.  A fearless and skillful shot-blocker, Zanon played in 66 games for the Predators last season and became invaluable on the penalty kill.  Now he will be counted on as part of a young but solid defense.

“I love him,” goaltender Chris Mason said. “He is the kind of player that is so intense he will do anything to break up a play. I really can’t say enough about how much he helped us out last year. I am sure he exceeded everybody’s expectations. He deserves to be here.”

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Craig Leipold’s Son Charged with DUI

From the AP via TSN,

The son of Nashville Predators’ owner Craig Leipold was charged with drunk driving Thursday after police pulled him over for speeding, marking his second drunk-driving arrest since May.

Christopher Leipold was pulled over Thursday morning after Officer Kevin Wayne Lovell said he clocked him driving 43 m.p.h. (69 km/h) in a 35-m.p.h. (56-km/h) zone . The officer got out of his car after motioning for the 31-year-old to pull over.

Leipold seemed confused before rolling the window up, then back down, Lovell wrote in an affidavit. Lovell also said he smelled alcohol and that Leipold admitted to having ‘‘a couple’’ of drinks.

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Preds Head To Fort Campbell

from the Tennessean,

They’re headed for Fort Campbell, Ky., where the Predators will spend the day doing team-building exercises with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.

“It will be very enlightening to our players,’’ Coach Barry Trotz said. “They’ll be challenged in a lot of different ways that are a little out of their element. It’s a combination of physical and mental things.’‘

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Tootoo Maturing

from the Tennessean,

“With the guys that have gone, it’s a great opportunity for me to step up my game,’’ Tootoo said. “I know I can score in this league. It’s just a matter of getting the opportunity.’‘

Tootoo twice averaged more than a point per game while he was in juniors, and during the 2005-06 season he notched 27 points in 41 games at Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

“As the years go on, you mature as a player and get more comfortable,’’ Tootoo said. “That’s what’s happening with me. You develop more confidence as you go, and I think this year is going to be my break-out year.’‘

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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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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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