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via the Tennessean,
After 15 home games, the Predators’ paid attendance average stands at 12,655, according to figures compiled by the team and obtained from Metro Sports Authority.
The total does not include paid attendance figures from the Dec. 22 game against Los Angeles, which are not yet available.
The Predators’ two most recent home games prior to Los Angeles – against Detroit and Colorado—produced paid attendances of 14,492 and 9,670, respectively.
The Predators must average 14,000 in paid attendance this season to keep the current lease between the team and the city intact. That would keep the team in Nashville for at least the next three seasons.
from the Tennessean,
Predators players held a closed-door meeting for about 20 minutes following Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to Chicago.
The Predators’ fifth straight loss, and their seventh in the last eight games, left Nashville stuck in 14th place in the
Western Conference standings and struggling to maintain any kind of confidence level.
“It’s been a rough go,’’ Predators captain Jason Arnott said. “We’ve got to start showing more accountability with each other because right now it’s snowballing and getting worse. We’ve got to stick together.’‘
from the Winnipeg Free Press,
We put five quick questions to the Barry Trotz:
* What’s the best thing about the NHL?
Trotz: The best thing is the skill level. The speed and skill right now is amazing.
* Worst thing about the NHL?
Trotz: The officiating.
* Best team in the NHL?
Trotz: Detroit Red Wings
* Best player in the NHL?
Trotz: Pavel Datsyuk.
more on Barry Trotz…
From the Nashville Predators,
Predators Holdings LLC announced today that the group’s purchase of the Nashville Predators and Powers Management (the company that operates the Sommet Center) for $193 million from Craig Leipold has completed, and the local ownership group will immediately take over the day-to-day operation of the National Hockey League team and the Sommet Center.
“On behalf of the ownership group, we are thrilled to complete the sale,” said David Freeman, chairman of Predators Holdings LLC. “We look forward to contributing to the Predators’ success on and off the ice and solidifying the franchise’s future in Nashville.”
From the Nashville Predators,
Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward David Legwand to a six-year, $27 million contract extension.
from On the Forecheck,
Anyways, in the second intermission the topic of ownership change in Nashville came up, and both Stellick and his comrade Bill Watters launched into a diatribe repeatedly calling Nashville a “false hockey market”, and offering their sage prediction that in three years Boots Del Biaggio will move the squad to Kansas City. Of course they were probably just playing to the home television audience, but the utter lack of class towards the Nashville organization and its fanbase was insulting.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP,
Only one division in the NHL can boast having every single team over the .500 mark. Surprisingly, it’s the Central.
Widely considered the weakest of the league’s six divisions over the last few years, where Detroit has captured six straight titles, the Central has some spine this season.
The Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets are vastly improved while the Nashville Predators have not tumbled badly as many had predicted.
“They’re all good teams,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock told The Canadian Press this week.
Nashville forward Scott Nichol has been suspended for five games for cross-checking Montreal’s Patrice Brisebois in the head in the Predators’ win over the Canadiens on Saturday night.
‘‘The crosscheck by Mr. Nichol to the head area of his opponent was reckless and dangerous,’’ said Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations. ‘‘Although no serious injury resulted,the action is unacceptable.’‘
via the Tennessean,
Predators center Scott Nichol is scheduled to talk with NHL officials here this afternoon and could face a suspension for the double-minor, high-sticking penalty he picked up in Montreal on Saturday.
Nichol was given the four-minute penalty late in the second period of the Predators’ 5-4 shootout victory, after officials whistled him for what appeared to be a crosscheck to the chin of Montreal defenseman Patrice Brisebois.
The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors have approved the sale of the Nashville Predators to a local group headed by David Freeman.
The Freeman group is expected to close on the sale within the next few days.
The group came together to make an offer to owner Craig Leipold after he originally announced a deal to sell his team in May to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie for $220 million. Balsillie’s deal fell through in June when he started taking season-ticket deposits in Hamilton.
Marketing plan by the new ownership group noted earlier today on KK.
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