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Trotz Tries To Wake-Up Dumont

via John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators Coach Barry Trotz is looking for a little more commitment on both ends of the rink from veteran forward J.P. Dumont.

That message was delivered Thursday, when Dumont saw just 8:45 ice time on the fourth line, and elaborated upon Friday.

“He’s got great hockey sense and he’s got that great ability to see the ice,’’ Trotz said of Dumont. “But you have to play on both sides of the puck and you have to play the hard areas. I’m asking him to change a little bit.

“It’s hard to score now. Teams are tracking back. You’re not going to get those easy-rush goals. You’re going to have to go after it a little bit more.’‘

And Dumont’s response?

“It really doesn’t matter how he takes it,’’ Trotz said. “I really don’t care how he takes it. It’s more you’re going to play a certain way to be successful or … Ice time is the only thing a coach has, so that’s where it starts.’‘

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Predators Extend Tootoo

Nashville, Tenn. (February 5, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Jordin Tootoo to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. The deal will pay him $1.15 million in 2010-11 and $1.35 million in 2011-12.

“We look forward to watching Jordin’s continued development over the next two seasons,” Poile said. “Since we drafted Jordin in 2001, we have not only seen him develop into a more complete player on the ice, but also an impactful member of the community on a year-round basis.”

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Predators Have A Decision To Make On Dan Hamhuis

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Poile has spoken with Hamhuis’s agent, Wade Arnott, but it’s uncertain whether Poile can accommodate what Hamhuis will want, both in terms of dollar and term. Now, the $64,000 question is whether Poile makes a pre-emptive move to trade the solid Hamhuis, an invitee to Canada’s Olympic orientation camp in Calgary this past August, before the trade deadline or keep him because he is a key component in the Predators’ quest for a postseason berth (the 12th overall pick in 2001 averages 21:04 a night in ice time).

It’s an unsavory dilemma, and Poile acknowledged GMs are going to have to get more used to watching assets walk away on July 1 in the new NHL. That said, if that was to happen with Hamhuis, “I can’t believe on July 1 I’d be very happy,” Poile said.

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Joel Ward Recognizes Both Fathers

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

When the Predators depart today on their annual fathers’ trip, forward Joel Ward will be accompanied by the man that in his own words “taught me the ropes” — how to drive a stick shift, how to tie a tie, how to play a little pool.

The twist here? It’s not his dad.

Randall Ward, the man who inspired Joel to play hockey, died when Joel was 14, days after suffering a stroke in the stands while watching his son play in a youth game.

Three years later, Joel Ward found a second father in Rodger Minard, the man whose family housed Ward when he left home at age 17 to pursue a professional hockey career. Ward would spend the better part of the next four years at the home of Minard and his wife — raiding the pantry, sleeping late whenever he could and forming bonds that have carried on to this day.

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Patric Hornqvist- From Last Pick To Top Scorer

from Mark Zwolinksi of the Toronto Star,

Being the absolute last selection has now become a badge of honour for the 22-year-old, but not one he uses as inspiration to prove the 29 other teams wrong.

“No, I wasn’t discouraged at all, I just said to myself keep working at it, and never lose your dream to play in the NHL,” said (Patric) Hornqvist.

Hornqvist paid his dues, coming over to North America and spending time in the AHL.

With his goal last Friday in a 1-0 win over Calgary, he now has six goals in his last six games. Since Dec. 14 he has 13 goals and six assists in 16 games – the most in the league since that date.

Overall, the Predators are obviously happy with his success, but they also point to the fact the organization prides itself on bringing players up when they are ready, and not simply to search for lightning in a bottle.

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Predators Extend Coaching Staff

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

General Manager David Poile said Thursday he told the coaches shortly after Thanksgiving that the team had chosen to pick up the option years for 2010-11, and added an option year for 2011-12. Terms of the new contracts have not been disclosed.

“Our coaches are doing a really good job and our record is really good,’’ Poile said.

“There’s certainly no reason I would want to go in a different direction, and they felt the same way about staying. We’ve got a good group right now.’‘

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Predators Must Make A Goalie Decision

from John Gkennon of the Tennessean,

On Monday, Dan Ellis helped the Predators start their current road trip off on the right note by stopping 30 of 32 shots in a 3-2 victory at Vancouver.

Twenty-four hours later, a fresh-legged Pekka Rinne took charge, turning away 38 shots in Nashville’s 5-3 win at Edmonton.

It was the latest example of the unconventional — and successful — pattern the Predators have used for almost three weeks now, alternating starting goalies in every instance but one for the past 10 games.

But with both goalies in the final years of their contracts, the long-range future is a little cloudier.

General Manager David Poile would love to re-sign both goalies, but because of Nashville’s comparatively small payroll situation, even he acknowledges it “would probably be a challenge.’‘

So if only one goalie is likely to be wearing a Nashville jersey next season, the question becomes what the Predators will do with the other.

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Just Winning In Nashville

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Just win, baby.

That’s the motto in the Western Conference, where the Nashville Predators have 59 points and are only seven points above ninth in the dog-pile for playoff position.

It’s nuts, said Predators’ all-world defenceman Shea Weber, who had the game’s first goal and an assist on the second by Marcel Goc. Nashville jumped to a 4-0 lead, took their foot off the gas, and coasted to a 5-3 finish for their 10th win in the last 13 games on the road.

All this after getting to their local hotel about 2 a.m. after a gutsy win over the Canucks in Vancouver on Monday night.

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Trotz Will Pull Predators Off The Ice If Laser Makes An Appearance

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The culprit is still loose, ready to strike again on Monday when the Nashville Predators face the Vancouver Canucks at General Motors Place.

The Canucks and arena staff are still searching for the fan who brought a laser pointer to the game Saturday against the Calgary Flames. A green beam of light was occasionally flashed into the helmet of Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, and it had Calgary head coach Brent Sutter fuming after his team’s 3-2 shootout victory.

“If they do it [again], fans will have to wait because I’ll pull my team off [the ice],” Predators head coach Barry Trotz said when asked if he was concerned about a repeat or copycat incident. “Everybody thinks they’ll get their 15 minutes of fame. It’s brutal.”

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More Potential Issues For The Predators Owners Group

from Nate Rau of the Tennessean,

Metro lawyers and a designee of the Metro Sports Authority will meet as early as this week with Nashville Predators officials to hash out issues surrounding lead owner David Freeman’s federal tax troubles and whether the team is in default on its arena lease with the city.

The discussion is expected to center on the National Hockey League team’s financial condition and whether a default would occur if a $3.3 million federal tax lien against Freeman is not resolved.

Freeman has said he expects to have the issue with the IRS resolved this month, but provisions in the Sommet Center lease agreement designed to protect taxpayers say financial troubles of one of its owners could lead to a default.

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