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Weber Contract Talks In Stalemate Mode

from Josh Cooper of the Tennessean,

With an arbitration date set for Aug. 2, there’s still time for the Nashville Predators and Shea Weber to come to contract terms. It just doesn’t seem like it will be this week.

“We’ve had long talks; we seem to be coming to a bit of a stalemate. We still have time to work before the system kicks in,” Weber’s agent, Jarrett Bousquet said. “Shea would like to be a Predator. He enjoys playing there with a team that’s on the cusp of doing something great.”

The Predators filed for arbitration with Weber in mid-June in order to give themselves more time to negotiate a deal with their captain. Should the Predators and Weber go to arbitration, he would decide whether an arbitrator would award him a one- or two-year deal. At the conclusion of such a deal, Weber would be an unrestricted free agent.

On Nashville’s exit day, Weber said that he wanted to remain a Predator, and publicly, that has not changed.

“(A deal) is going to get done,” Weber said in May before he departed Nashville for the summer.

more on the Preds…

How many of you non-Nashville fans are saying, yes, yes, please don’t come to terms?

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Kostitsyn Avoids Salary Arbitration with Preds

From Tim Wharnsby of CBC via Twitter:

Sergei Kostitsyn will avoid salary arbitration with Nashville. The two sides have closed in on a one-year, $2.5-million deal.

Update 1:24pm ET: From the Nashville Predators—

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent forward Sergei Kostitsyn on a one-year contract worth $2.5 million.

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Nashville Signs Four Players

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 7, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forwards Matt Halischuk and Nick Spaling to two-year contracts, and forwards Chris Mueller and Cal O’Reilly to one-year deals. Halischuk’s contract is worth $1.425 million, paying him $600,000 in 2011-12 and $825,000 in 2012-13 while Spaling’s contract is worth $2.1 million, paying him $1 million in 2011-12 and $1.1 million in 2012-13. O’Reilly’s contract will see him earn $1.05 million in 2011-12 and Mueller’s two-way contract will see him paid $550,000 at the NHL level and $65,000 at the AHL level.

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Predators Sign Zach Stortini and Kyle Wilson

Two releases from Nashville:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 5, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Zack Stortini to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $75,000 at the AHL level.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 5, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Kyle Wilson to a two-year contract. The first season (2011-12) is a two-way deal that will pay him $550,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level. The second season will pay Wilson $550,000 on a one-way contract.

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Niclas Bergfors Signs With Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 3, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Niclas Bergfors to a one-year contract worth $575,000.

Bergfors, 24 (3/7/87), split the 2010-11 season between Atlanta and Florida, posting 36 points (12g-24a) in 72 games. During his first full NHL campaign with New Jersey and Atlanta in 2009-10, the Södertälje, Sweden native posted 21 goals and 44 points in 81 games, landing him a spot on the NHL’s All-Rookie Team. In 162 career NHL games since 2008, Bergfors has 81 points (34g-47a).

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Report- Toronto/Nashville Trade

via Damien Cox tweet,

Toronto Star sources confirm Leafs have acquired D Cody Fransen and C Matthew Lombardi from NASH for D Brett Lebda and F Robert Slaney.

added 12:12pm, also from Cox tweet,

There are also conditional mid-round picks involved in the TOR-NASH trade depending on Lomardi’s health. He played only 2 games last year.

added 12:14pm,

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 3, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Brett Lebda and forward Robert Slaney from the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Cody Franson and forward Matthew Lombardi. The deal also includes a fourth-round pick – Nashville will acquire Toronto’s 2013 fourth rounder if Lombardi plays 60 or more games regular-season games over the course of 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, while Toronto will acquire Nashville’s 2013 fourth rounder if Lombardi does not play 60 games during the next two campaigns.

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Who The Predators May Be Targeting

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

Last season the Predators signed speedy offensive center Matthew Lombardi to a three-year deal worth $3.5 million per season. At the time of his contract, Lombardi was 27. There aren’t too many players in this year’s market who fit the Lombardi mold.

Former Predator Scottie Upshall is 27 and could come relatively cheap. Last season at Columbus, he made $2.25 million on his salary cap hit.

Vancouver’s Chris Higgins, 27, also could provide some cheap scoring punch. He’s a gritty player in the Predators mold who made $1.6 million last season. In 2007-08 with Montreal, Higgins scored 27 goals and notched 52 points.

“What’s going to happen the first few days of July is teams are going to get what they want, or they’re not,” Poile said. “There doesn’t appear to be enough free agents out there to satisfy everybody.”

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Predators Buyout J.P. Dumont

From Jim Diamond at the Nashville Predators Examiner:

J.P. Dumont’s time with the Nashville Predators is over. Nashville’s President of Hockey Operations and General Manager David Poile confirmed Thursday that the team will buy out the one remaining year on Dumont’s contract.

Dumont was set to be paid $4 million in 2011-12, so the buyout will cost the team two-thirds of the remaining value, spread out over twice the remaining time on the contract. Under the terms of the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NHL Players Association, Dumont will be paid $2.667 million, split evenly over the course of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

“Today we have bought out the contract of J.P. Dumont,” Poile said Thursday. “It is disappointing for both us and for J.P.”

continued…

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Chicago Trades for Negotiating Rights to Montador

A note from the Sabres—

The Buffalo Sabres have traded the negotiating rights of defenseman Steve Montador to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a seventh-round draft selection in the 2012 or 2013 Entry Draft.

The Chicago draft pick was previously acquired from Florida in the Tomas Kopecky trade on Monday. The pick is presently conditional to the Nashville Predators. If that pick is not available, Florida will transfer their own seventh-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

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Steve Sullivan Will Be Available On July 1st

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

The Nashville Predators will not make an attempt to re-sign soon-to-be unrestricted free agent forward Steve Sullivan.

Sullivan told The Tennessean that he was informed at his year-end meeting with Nashville that the team would opt to go another direction this offseason. Predators General Manager David Poile confirmed his intention to not re-sign Sullivan.

“It’s unfortunate that every good thing comes to an end,” Poile said. “Steve will go down in our history as one of our best and most popular players.”

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