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from Chilling Out at the Tennessean,
But before anyone burns down the arena, runs the coaching staff out of town or demands a new general manager, it would be wise to remember the big picture. After what went on last summer, this team is probably exactly where it should be: a borderline playoff team, still alive with a couple weeks remaining.
Seriously, how many teams could survive the departure of Peter Forsberg, Paul Kariya, Kimmo Timonen, Scott Hartnell and Tomas Vokoun, and still remain in contention for the poststeason well into March? The Predators didn’t have much of a choice when it came to losing those players, either, not with the budget slashing that went on during the former ownership.
via the Tennessean,
“We’re in a playoff hunt right now,’’ Trotz said. “We need good goaltending. It’s so disheartening on the bench when we let bad goals happen.’‘
“We’re up 1-0 to start the second period and I think we’re feeling pretty good,’’ Trotz said. “We come out of the locker room with confidence and then a feeble wrist shot from the blueline goes in. We need that save.’‘
from the AP via Yahoo,
The new owners of the Nashville Predators are close to final approval on a revised lease agreement for their arena that has Nashville taxpayers helping subsidize the team.
The Metro Sports Authority approved the new lease by a vote of 7-1 Tuesday, and the Metro Council is expected to vote on the lease April 1 with only a simple majority needed for approval.
The agreement has Nashville paying the team $3.8 million each year, even when the Predators don’t lose that much money. If the Sommet Center’s losses are less than $3.8 million, the other money could be spent on the arena itself.
From John Glennon at The Tennessean,
The Predators will reach the paid attendance average necessary to qualify for the National Hockey League’s full revenue-sharing plan this year, team officials said Monday.
That means the Predators will receive in the neighborhood of $12 million, money that will help them re-sign their own players and free agents as well.
continued… *the NHL minimum paid attendance average for revenue sharing is 13,125; the Predators have averaged 13,145 through this season’s home games, with just 5 remaining
Update 8:56pm ET: More from David Naylor in Tuesday’s Globe & Mail.
from the Tennessean,
Predators center David Legwand, who was arrested and charged with driving under intoxication and implied consent on Feb. 15, pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless driving.
Legwand received a six months suspended sentence and six months probation — contingent on his attendance in alcohol safety school — and was fined $350. He lost his license for a year for refusing a Breathalyzer test at the time of his arrest.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
“For eight hours, we had to crawl under barbed wire while they’re throwing grenades and smoke bombs,” said Nichol, eyes lighting up following a 2-1 overtime win.
“We had to pull a Humvee a mile-and-a-half, we shot M16s and handguns, we flew in Black Hawk helicopters ... It was all about building teamwork and it was probably one of the hardest days of my life.”
“We were running through the woods and swamps and through holes and these night stalkers—who fly in at night and they never leave a man behind—are trying to grab one of our guys and they couldn’t,” said the 33-year-old Edmonton-born grinder.
“They said it was the first time in 25 years they couldn’t (capture) one of our guys. They were all pissed off. We had to stick together.”
With today marking the three-month anniversary of Predators Holding’s purchase of the team, NashvillePredators.com grabbed some time with David Freeman, the team’s new Chairman, to discuss his first three months on the job, the state of the team, and the plans for next season….
NP.com: Have you starting planning the budget for next season?
DF: Sure. Yes. Strategically it’s probably not good for us to talk about that publicly for competitive reasons. Our budget will be significantly higher than it was this year. In fact, I’m quite certain we will spend more on payroll next year than at any time in the history of the club. We’re that committed to building this team right back up.
read on at NashvillePredators.com…
Miller left the game clutching his right shoulder after a big hit by Nashville forward Jordin Tootoo with just two minutes left in the game and the Canucks ahead 6-2. Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault was clearly upset by the timing of the Tootoo hit.
“I’m just trying to get the game over with,” said Vigneault. “I don’t know why things like that happen and why a player would run 100 feet with a game over.
“No respect for the game and no respect for the opposition. It’s unfortunate there are a few of that type in the league, hopefully the league will deal with it.”
video added at 1:15pm...
from the Edmonton Sun,
This year, Tootoo had nine goals and six assists in 47 games. He scored 11 goals in his first three years.
“I’ve been trying to focus more on making plays rather than looking for that big hit,” Tootoo said. “I still have to be physical because that’s the foundation of my game. I think it really intimidates players knowing they have to be aware of when I’m out there and they have to keep their heads up.
“But I’m looking to do more than that now. I think that comes with maturity. I’m holding on to that puck for that extra-second longer instead of being so nervous with it that you want to get rid of it right away.”
from Mike Harrington at Sabres Edge,
We don’t see the Predators much at all, in person or on TV. Fine with me. What a bunch of chippy hacks.
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