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Oilers Trade Denis Grebeshkov To Nashville

via TSN,

The dismantling of the disappointing Edmonton Oilers looks to be underway.

The club has dealt defenceman Denis Grebeshkov to the Nashville Predators for a second round draft pick in 2010.

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Nashville Chairman Steps Down

from Ken Whitehouse of the Nashville Post,

David Freeman, chairman of the Nashville Predators Hockey Club, has informed the city of Nashville and the Sports Authority that he is stepping away from the helm of the organization, according to a letter to the city sent by Freeman’s attorney.

Tom Cigarran, chairman of the Franklin-based wellness firm Healthways, has been unanimously appointed by the ownership group to become the third person to represent the team on the NHL Board of Governors.

Freeman has been under fire by the Sports Authority in recent months as a result of his contest with the IRS over a portion of his 2007 tax returns. In the letter to the city,

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Predators Could Use Some Offense

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

What do the Predators need most?

This is the first step, since the more moves you make, the more you have to surrender.

Is it vital that the Predators add some offensive depth, considering that they have been spotty in goal-scoring at times, have the league’s 24th-ranked power play and will be relying on some aging veterans during a compressed schedule?

Or is someone who can boost the penalty kill and aid in the faceoff circle even more of a priority, considering that the penalty kill — normally a Nashville strength — is currently ranked 24th and that the Predators are ranked 20th in face-off percentage?

How much salary are they willing to take on?

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Predators Re-Sign Pekka Rinne

via John Glennon of the Tennessean,

The Predators have re-signed goalie Pekka Rinne to a two-year, $6.8 million contract.

The team is expected to officially announce the signing later this afternoon.

Rinne will make $2.8 million during the 2010-11 season and $4.0 million during the 2011-12 season.

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Predators Thinking Depth

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

“We could use a tweak or two,” Preds Coach Barry Trotz said. “We’re actually scoring more goals than people thought we’d score, but we’re giving up a little more than what we want … So maybe a veteran penalty-killer or a real good faceoff guy, or maybe a guy that’s produced a little bit more (offensively).”

Who’s out there? Some of the forward names getting tossed around are those from teams that have nearly been eliminated from the playoff chase — Carolina’s Ray Whitney and Matt Cullen, Edmonton’s Fernando Pisani and Ethan Moreau, Toronto’s Alexei Ponika-rovsky, and Columbus’ Raffi Torres and Fredrik Modin.

As to whether the Preds might trade either Hamhuis or one of the goalies, Nashville General Manager David Poile at this point seems more inclined to hold on to those players.

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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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