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Kariya Gives the Blues Respectability

From John Glennon at the Tennessean,

When Paul Kariya signed with the Predators two summers ago, general manager David Poile called it a groundbreaking moment for the franchise.  Sure enough, Kariya boosted the team’s ticket sales, led the Predators twice in a row in scoring and helped guide Nashville to two straight regular seasons of more than 100 points.

But largely because of the uncertainty involving the Predators ownership situation, Kariya has taken his talents a few hours away, where he’s already made an impact on a St. Louis organization seeking to regain respectability on the ice and in the community.

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Nashville Finding ThePerfect Balance

from the Tennessean,

“We realize we have to get goals different ways, but we have still been able create offense to this point,” Trotz said. “It might be a little surprising to some people, but there are different ways to attack a problem. We set out to have a certain type of team based on where we were with the hockey club. It’s two games into it, but we are going the right direction.”

Instead of loading up two lines, Trotz has outfitted each line with a bruiser, a creator and a finisher.

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Too Humid In Nashville

from the Tennessean,

“To be honest, it’s not great ice,’’ alternate captain J.P. Dumont said.

“It’s hard because it’s been hot in this building, and when you look around the league, everywhere it’s hot, the ice is going to be in that condition. … It’s not just about being able to make plays on the ice, but about injuries, too.’‘...

What the Predators could really use is a dehumidifier, an apparatus used in many NHL rinks to make the ice smoother and safer. Dehumidifiers are expensive, however, and the Predators have never purchased one.

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Weber Out With Dislocated Kneecap

via the Tennessean,

Predators defenseman Shea Weber has a dislocated kneecap and will be out of action for three to six weeks.

Weber suffered the injury in Thursday’s season opener when he twisted the knee after getting his skate caught in a rut in the ice.

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Preds Must Stay

from an editorial in the Tennessean,

Nashville’s new mayor, Karl Dean, and new Metro Council should do what’s necessary to keep the Nashville Predators hockey team from leaving — as difficult as those decisions may be.

The Metro officials, many of whom are just settling into their new positions, may feel like the clock is ticking and they’re being asked to score a short-handed goal. But increasingly, the Predators issue has become more a case of what the city will lose if the National Hockey League franchise goes to another city, not just what’s to gain by keeping them.

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Preds Put Radulov On 3rd Line

from On the Forecheck,

Radulov starts season on No. 3 offensive line…

Yes, the Music City’s budding offensive superstar is starting the on the right side of Radek Bonk and Martin Gelinas, and many Preds fans are howling in disbelief.

But I like this move, and I like it a lot. Here’s why…

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What’s Up in Nashville

From Michael Cass at the Tennessean,

The lease deal being negotiated between the city and a group buying the Nashville Predators calls for taxpayers to fund $7 million of improvements such as new “Fun Zones” at Sommet Center.

The capital projects would be in addition to the $4.2 million of tax money and seat fees per year that would be used for operations of the hockey team. 

The group purchasing the team in an effort to keep it in Nashville says the city would get the money back over time because of increased activity at Sommet Center and downtown.

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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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