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Nashville Trades Rights to D Dan Hamhuis to Philly for Ryan Parent

Per HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman tweet:

Flyers trade Ryan Parent to Nashville for rights to Dam Hamhuis (via Predators announcement)

UPDATE:  A conditional draft pick is also sent to Philly.

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Nashville Extends Francis Bouillon

via TSN,

The Nashville Predators have signed defenceman Francis Bouillon to contract extension.

TSN has learned that it is a two-year extension worth $2.7 million.

The 34-year old Bouillon had three goals and eight assists in 81 games with the Predators last season.  He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

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Predators Sign Geoffrion

Nashville, Tenn. (June 15, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner and Brentwood, Tenn., native Blake Geoffrion to an entry-level contract. Geoffrion is the first Tennessee native drafted by an NHL team (56th overall by the Predators in the 2006 Entry Draft) and first to sign an NHL contract.

        Geoffrion, 22 (2/3/88), won the Hobey Baker, award given to college hockey’s most outstanding player, after tying for second in the nation in goals (28) and finishing first in Division I hockey in power-play tallies (15). A tri-captain of the University of Wisconsin Badgers in 2009-10, Geoffrion posted 50 points (28g-22a) in 40 games, helping the school reach the NCAA National Championship Game. In addition to recently being named USA Hockey’s College Player of the Year, the 6-1, 196-pound right wing was a First-Team West All-American, and a First-Team WCHA selection in his senior season. Geoffrion was also the Most Valuable Player of the West Regional after leading UW to victories over Vermont and St. Cloud State with five points (2g-3a) in the two games.

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Will Blake Geoffrion Follow Family Footprints?

from Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck,

With Blake Geoffrion expected to sign his entry-level NHL contract soon, the Nashville Predators are going to welcome the most heralded rookie in franchise history….

When he eventually makes his debut with the Nashville Predators, he will become a 4th-generation NHL player. His father Danny was a 1st-round draft choice by the Montreal Canadiens and played three seasons with various teams, while his grandfather (Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion) and great-grandfather (Howie Morenz) stand among the all-time titans of the sport….

Has anyone ever entered the world of professional sports with such an accomplished family tree, and the personal awards to back it up?

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Preds GM Thinks It Will Be Difficult To Keep Hamhuis

from Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean,

Hamhuis, 27, made $2.5 million in 2009-10 and soon could become an unrestricted free agent. His contract is set to expire June 30, and several teams are expected to show interest and offer more money if Nashville doesn’t sign him before the deadline.

“I think it’s going to be very difficult,” Poile said. “But I’d like to continue having conversations this week and possibly reach out to Dan next week before we take our final position.”

Hamhuis’ agent, Wade Arnott, said discussions have been positive and ongoing.

“The club had always advised Dan and myself that they would address his situation at season’s end, after they had a chance to meet as a group in management and with ownership,” Arnott said. “I believe they’ve met among management and have some ongoing meetings with ownership. I expect to have more positive dialogue leading up to July 1, if it gets that far.”

Should Hamhuis, who just completed his sixth season with Nashville, leave town, there will be more tough calls to make.

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Nashville Needs A New Captain

from David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper,

The time has come for Shea Weber to replace Jason Arnott as team captain. Arnott has had the job for three seasons, and given the current state of things, that’s long enough.

There are plenty of reasons Weber should assume that role. For example, he’s one of the best players in the NHL.

Throughout the years, the organization has been loath to put too much responsibility on young players. It’s true that Weber is only 24 (he’ll be 25 by the start of next season), but he’s already played in an NHL All-Star game and was one of the top players for Canada’s gold-medal team at the Olympics in February.

His age is a virtue — there’s no reason to think his performance will start to decline anytime soon.

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Remembering The Forsberg To Nashville Trade

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

“It was a tough deal to make at the time; obviously we were trading away Peter Forsberg,” Holmgren told NHL.com this week.  But it was a deal that had to be made considering the bounty that was offered.

The Feb. 12 deal sent Forsberg to a Nashville team desperate to make some noise in the playoffs that postseason. Nashville GM David Poile pulled the trigger—sending Scottie Upshall (a first-round pick), Ryan Parent (another first-round pick) and first- and third-round picks in that spring’s Entry Draft to Philadelphia for Forsberg—because he believed his franchise needed the pop of a long playoff run to generate fan interest.

“Arguably, has there ever been a better player traded at the trade deadline than Peter Forsberg?” Poile asked at the time. “My answer to that is probably not, and the price we paid was very high. We did it because we believed it was a necessary ingredient to give us that much better a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup, and we were comfortable with doing that.”

Things did not work out for the Predators, who lost to the San Jose Sharks in the first round.

But the deal has come up roses for the Flyers.

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Pete Weber- Al Look At The Voice Of The Predators

from Curt Smith of the Messenger Post,

Shakespeare penned, “To thine own self be true.” Weber is.

First, Pete loves his subject: a sheen of ice, red and blue line locus, and troops shredding the goal like Patton at Bastogne. Hockey weds speed, elan and grace: back and forth, fore and aft pinball meets ballet. Mary Martin sang, “Lovely to look at.” Hockey can be even lovelier to watch, or hear, as many announcers demonstrate.

Toronto’s Foster Hewitt proclaimed, “Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland.” Dick Irvin became the hub of Hockey Night in Canada. Montreal’s Danny Gallivan rewrote Oxford Dictionary — exclaiming “Savardian Spinorama” of pivoting Serge Savard. A shot was “cannonading,” whereupon a professor wrote that no such word existed. Danny jibed, “It does now.”

NBC’s Mike Emrick combines verve, a brio voice and almost preternatural prose, less waif of a moon that bright noon sun. It helps that he airs sport’s best postseason. Weber’s Predators were recently eliminated, less perfect team than Little Engine That Almost Could. Recalling Costas, why is Pete, too, a “perfect guy, for his perfect job”?

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Same Story For Predators

from Joe Biddle of the Tennessean,

As harsh as it might sound, Predators’ fans need to be embrace that this could pretty much be the way it ends every season.

The Predators will be clawing to make the playoffs. They will always find it difficult making it past the first round because they will rarely be one of the top seeds.

General Manager David Poile has done what he can do, given the constraints he has with a local ownership group which doesn’t tolerate losing money, and who in these economic times can argue that?

But it will remain a blue-collar team with a roster that does not contain enough established NHL stars. Trotz has been in place since the expansion team was hatched. His longevity with one team is unheard of in the NHL. And in fairness to Trotz, he squeezes about as much out of his team every season as anyone could.

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Bad Goal Of The Night

Pekka Rinne goes out to play the puck on a shoot-in, but….

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