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Shea Weber Talks About Wearing The ‘C’ In Nashville

via the bclocalnews, “Obviously its a huge honour,” said Weber. “I have played under some great captains in Nashville who have done a lot of great things and hopefully that helps me along the way. We have a good goup of guys in Nashville, so it will be an easy job.”

As for any pressure the new title may bring, Weber says it isn’t even a thought for him.

“I am not going to change the way I play at all, I am going to play the same. So many guys could be captain because there are such good leaders on the team. They are going to make it easy on me and will be helping out.”

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Predators Look To Europeans For Offense

from Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean,

When the Predators begin training camp next month, expect a European flair to be added to the typical fare.

A handful of Europeans will have the opportunity to not only make the team, but also to make an impact. And a group of four players will draw most of the notice.

The front office has been raving about Swiss defenseman Roman Josi for the past few months. Then there are Swedish forwards Jonas Andersson and Linus Klasen, and the significant acquisition of Belarus native Sergei Kostitsyn from Montreal.

“If we’re adding all four of those players to our lineup this year at some point, we’re adding a lot of skill to our lineup,” General Manager David Poile said. “One of the areas we want to improve on is our offensive side of the game. I think all of these players have a chance to contribute offensively. They are all very highly skilled.”

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Predators Sign Ryan Parent

Nashville, Tenn. (July 26, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Ryan Parent to a two-year, $1.85 million contract. He will make $850,000 in 2010-11 and $1 million in 2011-12.

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Two Reasons For Giving Weber The ‘C’

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Naming Shea Weber captain was an obvious move by the Nashville Predators; but from this vantage point, it was also a very strategic one.

Weber is entering the final season of a three-year contract that pays him $4.5 million annually, and the Preds hope it won’t be his last in Music City.

So giving the star defenseman the “C” is a way for the franchise to give Weber their biggest possible endorsement.

“I don’t think we can give any stronger message than that,” Preds GM David Poile told ESPN.com. “And it’s certainly our intention to sit down with his representatives, probably closer to training camp, and talk about the future. I think our relationship has been good and this was just the right thing to do for our organization.”

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Weber The New Captain Of The Predators

from NHL.com,

There’s a new captain in Nashville, as talented young defenseman Shea Weber will wear the “C” on his jersey this coming season, the Predators announced Thursday night.

Weber, 24, led Nashville defensemen in scoring and finished sixth overall on the team with 16 goals and 43 points. He was also a valuable member of the Canadian Olympic Team that won the gold medal in the Vancouver Olympics.

“In addition to being one of the top young defenseman in the League today, Shea is a natural leader, and we are confident he has the respect of his teammates, opponents, the Predators organization and its fans,” Nashville GM David Poile said. “He becomes the first Predators draft pick to be named captain, and has been part of the culture and belief system we have worked hard to create.”

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added 9:09pm,

Nashville, Tenn. (July 8, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that defenseman Shea Weber has been named the fifth captain in franchise history. He is the first Predators draftee to receive the honor.

“In addition to being one of the top young defenseman in the League today, Shea is a natural leader, and we are confident he has the respect of his teammates, opponents, the Predators organization and its fans,” Poile said. “He becomes the first Predators draft pick to be named captain, and has been part of the culture and belief system we have worked hard to create.”

 

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Sergei Kostitsyn Signs With Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (July 6, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed restricted free agent Sergei Kostitsyn to a one-year contract worth $550,000. Kostitsyn was acquired from Montreal in exchange for forward Dustin Boyd and goaltender Dan Ellis last Tuesday, June 29.

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Nashville Signs Lombardi

via Darren Pan tweet,

Lombardi signs for 3 yrs @ 3.5 M per season with Nashville. That’s a great signing. Strong character, low maintenance guy.

added 8:03pm,

Nashville, Tenn. (July 2, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Matthew Lombardi to a three-year, $10.5 million contract. The Montreal, Quebec native will make $3.5 million in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.

        Lombardi, 28 (3/18/82), ranked second on the Phoenix Coyotes in both points and assists with career-highs in each category (19g-34a-53pts) in 2009-10, then paced the team in points during the 2010 playoffs (1g-5a-6pts, 7gp). The 5-11, 195-pound center has posted between 14 and 20 goals for the Coyotes and Calgary Flames in each of the past four seasons, averaging 45 points per campaign in the process. In 441 NHL contests since 2003, he has amassed 236 points (89g-147a). Lombardi has appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in five of his six NHL seasons, most notably posting six points (1g-5a) in 13 games in helping Calgary to Game Seven of the 2004 Cup Finals.

 

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Canadiens Acquire Boyd, Ellis and Futures from Preds in Return for Sergei Kostitsyn and Futures

According to various sources, the Montreal Canadiens have acquired Dustin Boyd, Dan Ellis and future considerations from the Nashville Predators in return for Sergei Kostitsyn and future considerations.

UPDATE:  From TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s tweet:

Futures in MTL-NAS trade are simple. If one side, or other, sign the player(s) involved, late-round draft pick(s) change hands. No big deal.

 

 

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Predators’ David Poile discusses the Hamhuis/Arnott trades

From NHL.com:

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Predators Trade Jason Arnott back to Devils for Prospect and 2011 2nd Round Pick

Per various sources, the Nashville Predators continue their busy day by trading their Captain, Jason Arnott, back to New Jersey Devils for prospect Matt Halischuk and 2011 2nd round pick.

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