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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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Predators Can Define Their Direction

from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,

Where are the Nashville Predators headed? After 10 seasons of play, the question is legitimate and needs to be answered.

Nashville is not exactly a pushover, but neither is it a team anyone fears playing. The Sommet Center is not a hostile environment for visiting teams, the Predators have yet to win a playoff series, and their string of four straight seasons in the postseason was snapped in 2008-09.

Is that the genesis for a shakeup? Is the team really headed in the right direction? Rather than run off a string of wholesale changes, Nashville management feels it has the personnel internally to get back on track.

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An Embarrassing Chapter In NHL History

from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,

“I’ve got to tell you,” said Del Biaggio, who’d bought the Nashville Predators from Leipold in late 2007, “I lied to you.”

“What are you talking about?” Leipold asked.

Weeks later, after he returned from France, Leipold learned exactly what Del Biaggio meant, and just how far those four words had taken him.

The young, relatively unknown venture capitalist from San Jose had made one of his first confessions of guilt in what would be one of the most embarrassing recent chapters in NHL history.

read on & thanks for the pointer to everyone here...

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Have The Predators Improved?

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

So should fans believe this team has what it takes to make up ground in the Western Conference, moving out of last place in the Central Division and returning to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus?

The Predators believe so, and they listed the ways on Thursday at the organization’s “Skate of the Union” address at Sommet Center.

Maybe the biggest difference is that the Predators have every reason to believe that the top line of Steve Sullivan, Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont will be together most of the year.

Sullivan returned from injury midway through last season and helped the Predators go 20-11-5 over the final 36 games.

“At forward, we’re going to be much improved,’’ general manager David Poile said. “The reason is that we’re going to have our first line intact for the whole season … and that’s something we didn’t have last year.

“When these guys are together, which we saw, they produced every game. I’m very confident, as I’m sure they are, that if everyone stays healthy — knock on wood — that we’ll be just fine.”

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