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Tootoo Needs To Change His Game

from Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean,

Jordin Tootoo has been a fan favorite since he made his debut with the Predators during the 2003-04 season.

But if he is to remain with Nashville, he will need to seriously step up his game, the team’s decision-makers said….

“I just want to see some improvement,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “He took a step back last year in terms of his overall play. I know he can step forward again. I was hoping last year he would take another step forward because the year before he took a step forward.”

Tootoo poses an interesting challenge for Trotz and General Manager David Poile. This is a contract year for Tootoo, who is scheduled to make $975,000 this season. It is a steep price for someone who plays on the third or fourth lines and doesn’t produce many points

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How To Explain This To The Kids

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Ever been in a situation where what you’ve believed for so long is suddenly compromised? Well, that’s the experience I had this weekend.

Saturday night, I chaperoned a team of 11-year olds in Nashville as the Predators took on the Columbus Blue Jackets….

Sistito challenged a proven pugilist in Tootoo, which is a very common occurrence in preseason games as it is a way for a young player to show his coach that he’s ready to fulfill a role on the team. Tootoo obliged, which is also common practice for players of his ilk. It’s an unspoken bond of mutual respect. How else is a kid gong to show his mettle if vets decline the willing challenge?

Not surprisingly, the fans rose and cheered as the two exchanged punches. Sistito had an early advantage, raining blows on the smaller Tootoo. But, as so often happens, the veteran weathered the onslaught and started to pummel the wearied youngster, whose helmet came off.

Then it happened.

read on including video of the fight which I also embedded below…

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  Tags: jordin+tootoo, tom+sistito.

Bouillon Signs With Nashville

via TSN,

Unrestricted free agent defenceman Francis Bouillon is once a again a Nashville Predator.

According to TSN.ca’s french languauge sister site, RDS.ca, the 33-year old has signed a one-year, $750,000 contract.

Bouillon, who has spent the majority of his nine NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, did play four games for the Predators back in October of 2002, after he was claimed by the team during the waiver draft.

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Now What Does Nashville Do?

from Dirk Hoag of On the Forecheck,

The good news for Predators fans is that GM David Poile was prepared to add a multi-million dollar salary to his roster, without sending a current player back in trade. While that budget might have had a little extra allowance considering that an elite, 21-year-old goal-scorer was on the market, this is a sign that Poile is indeed in a buying mood.

So what do the Preds need, and what’s available? Obviously a goal-scoring winger would be nice, but depth on defense is also a concern. As much as the organization touts the development of Alexander Sulzer, Cody Franson, and Teemu Laakso, it boggles the mind to think that the Preds seriously plan on relying on three rookies in the 5-6-7 spots on the defensive depth chart.

Combine that with the tremendous turnover in penalty killing personnel, and I’ll toss a name out there that I’d like to see the Predators sign - not at all a replacement for Kessel, but a guy who can bolster the 3rd pairing on D and soak up the PK minutes so that Hamhuis, Suter and Weber don’t have to.

His name? Greg de Vries.

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The Chances Of Kessel To Nashville Are Slim

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

I don’t doubt the Nashville Predators have significant interest in Boston Bruins’ restricted free agent Phil Kessel.

And I don’t doubt, all things being equal, Boston would rather move Kessel to Nashville and the Western Conference than to the division rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

But here’s why Nashville, regardless of what it offers Boston, is at a serious disadvantage in the Kessel sweepstakes.

Kessel, it appears, wants to play in Toronto, not Nashville. And as long as that remains the case, Nashville can’t trade for him.


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Predators Admit Interest In Kessel

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

So it would only make sense that Nashville would have an interest in Boston forward Phil Kessel.

Predators General Manager David Poile confirmed as much on Friday, saying he’s talked with Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Kessel’s agent, Wade Arnott, in recent days.

“He’s a young player that scores goals,’’ Poile said, “and that’s very much of interest to us.’‘

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added 1:12pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Two horse race for Heatley. San Jose and Chicago.

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Predators Should Target Kessel

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

It’s time to bust the budget for Phil Kessel….

No one’s saying that Kessel is all that separates the Preds from a lengthy playoff run. Far from it. At 21, he remains a work in progress, both on and off the ice. He’s far too predictable when carrying the puck, and far too soft away from it. He requires the kid glove treatment from his coach and a centerman capable of creating his play for him. Bottom line: he’s still got a lot to learn.


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William “Boots” Del Biaggio Sentenced To More Than Eight Years

Sentencing came down today for “Boots”.  Read the AP story…

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Predators Concerned About Their Penalty-Kill Unit

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Only three times in 10 seasons have the Predators finished below the league midpoint in penalty-kill success rate. Nashville posted the league’s third-best success rate in both 2006-07 and 2007-08, and the Predators were 10th-best in the NHL last season.

But they will face some challenges in maintaining a strong penalty kill this season, after losing defensemen Greg Zanon and Greg de Vries, as well as forwards Vern Fiddler and Scott Nichol.

Zanon led the team in penalty-kill time and finished with the third-most shot blocks in the league, while Fiddler and Nichol finished third and fourth, respectively, on the team in average penalty-kill time.

“They are all significant losses because we were a pretty tight unit for two years,’’ Predators associate coach Brent Peterson said. “Guys are just going to have to step up and learn how to do it. We’ve got some good candidates. It’s no different than the situations we’ve been in before — we have to develop other guys to do it.’‘


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Can You Imagine Chelios In Nashville?

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

One of the names being tossed around is 47-year-old Chris Chelios, whose abrasive style of play and frequent conversations with referees often made him a target of Predators fans.

Coach Barry Trotz and Chelios recently had a light-hearted talk on the topic.

“I said, ‘Chris, are you sure you’d have the interest of playing in Nashville, because you’re not exactly well-liked here?’ ‘’ Trotz said. “He said, ‘Trotzy, trust me, I’m not well-liked anywhere.’ I said ‘Yeah, I guess you’re right.’ ‘’

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