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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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Predators Schedule Meeting With Radulov

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators general manager David Poile said Tuesday that he and Radulov’s agent, Jay Grossman, have tentatively agreed to a meeting featuring all three men now that Nashville’s season has come to an end….

At some point, we’ve either got to kiss and make up and bring him back into the fold, or trade him because he is an asset, or leave him over there if that’s where he wants to play,’’ Poile said.

“I’ve said all along that it’s my strong belief that he wants to play in the best league in the world and that’s not there, it’s here. The road to get back to the NHL has got to be through Nashville.’‘


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Missing The Playoffs Could Hurt The Predators

from John Glennon of the Tennessean via the Leaf Chronicle,

The Predators’ failure to reach the playoffs will mean more than just an absence of postseason hockey in Nashville this spring, it will also impact the franchise’s finances.

NHL teams rake in far bigger per-game profits during the playoffs than they do during the regular season because player salaries have been completely paid by then. Players make comparatively small revenue-based bonuses during the postseason.

So the Predators will miss out on roughly $750,000 in gross profit for every home playoff game, a sum that over the past four seasons helped the franchise reduce its overall losses.

In addition, missing the playoffs could make it more challenging for the Predators to retain current ticket-holders and sponsors, lure new season ticket-holders and sponsors, and increase next season’s player payroll.

read on

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Jordin Tootoo Hit On Dan Fritsche Tonight

Tootoo with a shoulder to the head of Fritsche, who did have his head down.  No penalty on the play.

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Nashville Still Alive

from the Tennessean, “

We stayed alive,” Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. “That’s pretty good. Coming back when you’re down 3-1 (in the third period) to the Detroit Red Wings.”...

The Preds’ “tragic number’’ remains at three — meaning any combination of points gained by St. Louis or squandered by Nashville totaling three — will leave the Predators behind the Blues in the final Western Conference standings.


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