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Steve Sullivan Signs 2 Year Extension with Predators

From Darren Dreger, via Twitter:

Sullivan agrees to 2 year extension with Nashvile. $3.75 [million] per year says TSN.

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Joel Ward Re-Signed by Nashville

From John Glennon at the Tennessean:

Forward Joel Ward hit the unrestricted free-agent market at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and returned to Nashville about three hours later.

Ward got the contract he was looking for, as he and the Preds have agreed to a two-year, $3 million deal.


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Report- Radulov Staying In KHL

via Peter Adler at The Cult Of Hockey,

Alexander Radulov, despite approaches from Nashville and other NHL clubs, has decided to stay at Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Here’s his quote (verbatim translation) from the Sport-Express: “I’m on a two-year contract, and even though I got some offers from the NHL, Ufa helped me last year, and I wouldn’t want to betray them”.

YES! Of course, he was under a valid contract with Nashville last year, and still left them for Ufa.

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Nashville Options

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

One of the reasons Poile said he has to be careful about the deals he makes this offseason is that there may well be some more long-term deals down the line.

“We have other players that are due new contracts that we’d certainly like to do something with, whether it be a goaltender or someone like (defenseman) Dan Hamhuis,’’ Poile said. “It’s not just about next year and signing Steve Sullivan. It’s about the future and what we can or should be able to spend.’‘

If the Preds wind up not re-signing Sullivan, they’ll certainly have to look at a trade or the free-agent market in order to boost the team’s offense.

It would be hard to imagine the Preds having any chance at signing big-money players like Marian Gaborik, Marian Hossa, Martin Havlat, Alexei Kovalev or Alex Tanguay.

Some players that might be able to add offense with less of a price tag include: the New York Rangers’ Nik Antropov, Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri, Carolina’s Erik Cole, Pittsburgh’s Ruslan Fedotenko, New Jersey’s Brian Gionta, Edmonton’s Ales Kotalik and Detroit’s Mikael Samuelsson.


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At This Point, Predators UFAs Not Close To Signing

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

The closer the calendar creeps toward July 1, the less likely it appears the Predators will sign many of their more significant potential unrestricted free agents.

That was the sentiment expressed Friday by Predators general manager David Poile when asked about the status of players including Steve Sullivan, Joel Ward, Vern Fiddler and Greg Zanon.

Poile said he planned to speak with the agents for all four players in the coming week and didn’t rule out any re-signings.

But he added that “it just feels like we’re going to July 1 (unrestricted free agency) with everybody unless somebody comes back to say they’re changing their positions. We haven’t had any of that.

“What we’re offering and what they’re asking for is a substantial difference, and that’s why those deals haven’t been done.’’


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Predators Need To Think Stanley Cup

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

But as Arnott looks ahead to the 2009-2010 season, he wants the Predators to be ready to win no matter who is on the roster.

In other words, even if Alexander Radulov does not return, and even if Steve Sullivan moves on, Arnott doesn’t want the Predators making excuses.

“We can’t go out thinking, ‘Oh, we’re missing this and that,’ ‘’ Arnott said last week. “I think we did a little too much of that last year. We have to get away from that and think positive and move forward.’‘

Arnott said the Preds’ veterans will simply have to be even more productive.

“We will have to find it within ourselves to do it,’’ Arnott said. “We’ll have to look at myself and J.P. (Dumont) and (Martin Erat) and (David Legwand) to carry the load up front, and (Shea Weber) and (Ryan Suter) and (Dan Hamhuis) to pull us up from the rear. We’ve got (Pekka Rinne) in net. So no matter what team we have on the ice, we have to go out thinking we’re going to win the Stanley Cup.’‘

more on the Predators…

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Pay To Play In Nashville

from Chris Echegaray and John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Every athlete who plays the Predators in Nashville would get slapped with a $2,500 “jock tax” for the privilege under a proposal a Tennessee Senate committee may take up today.

The Preds’ active roster would pay, too, but with a three-game cap of $7,500 a season. For team captain Jason Arnott, it’s just one more state getting its piece of his five-year, $22.5 million contract.

“We’re kind of used to it anyway,” he said. “They’re doing the same thing when we go into other states. So I guess why not pick up on that and make some money for Tennessee?”


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All Amy Grant

from Jay Levin of the Nashville Predators,

NP.com: What is it about Preds games that have hooked you on the sport?

Amy: It’s just fun. It’s a great night out for Vince and me. This past season we had a pair of tickets, so it made for a great date night. We’ve spent our last two Anniversaries at a Predators game; all of Vince’s guy friends are like, ‘Man that’s some kind of wife.’


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Next Move Is Up To Radulov

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Asked if Radulov expressed regret for leaving the Predators in a difficult situation last July, Poile paused before answering.

“I think he has a hard time understanding our position when somebody else was offering him an improved situation,’’ Poile said. “Just like I believe that if he wants to come back — regardless of the fact he signed a multiyear contract there — I don’t believe he thinks it’s a problem coming back.’’

Poile told Radulov that if he did return to Nashville, he’d still need to complete his final contracted season at a base salary of $984,000. Under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, teams cannot rework an entry-level deal. Radulov would become a restricted free agent when that deal expires.

“So that’s where we are,’’ Poile said. “It’s up to him to make the next move.’’


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Poile Signs One-Year Contract

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators general manager David Poile said Friday he’s agreed to a new one-year contract through June of 2010.

Last summer Poile decided to sign year-to-year contracts as a safeguard against unforeseen circumstances like ownership change. His current contract would have expired this June….

“I’ve been here since day one and to me, it’s a little unfinished business,’’ Poile said. “At different times I’ve felt we were really close, especially a couple years ago and then that went (downhill) with Craig selling the team.

“So the last two years under new ownership, we’ve made a commitment to sign some of our existing players and we’ve drafted real well. It’s my goal and hope that we’re not too far away from being a top team again — getting this thing right, making Nashville a hockey city and winning some playoff rounds, getting a Stanley Cup.’’

read on the thanks to On the Forecheck for the pointer…

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