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Predators Don’t Matter

from Jay Zawaski of ChicagoNow,

So why are Predators so uninteresting?  They’ve been competitive at times.  They’ve battled the Hawks for playoff spots before.

The answer is Nashville.  At least to me, there is a mental block that a team from Nashville Tennessee doesn’t frickin’ matter.  It’s the most un-hockey place on the planet.

Hell, when the Preds score they play Tim McGraw’s, “I Like It, I Love It, I Want Some More of It” song.  Way to buck the stereotype hill rods.

I simply can not get excited about a game against the Predators.  There will never be a rivalry between these two teams…ever.


The author should take a little trip back in time and remember where the Blackhawks were then.

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Financial Issues In Nashville

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

David Freeman, the chairman and governor of the Nashville Predators, has a $3.35-million (all currency U.S.) tax lien on his house and admits to cash-flow problems but both he and the NHL claim there are no concerns about the financial health of his hockey team.

However, since the Predators owners have to maintain a guarantee of up to $50-million with the city of Nashville that is based on their net worth along with other obligations, the lien raises a number of red flags.

There is also the security that has to be maintained with the team’s major lender, CIT Group, which is owed at least $85-million. CIT is in the middle of bankruptcy reorganization, which further complicates matters. Another problem is a drop in attendance this season, which could lower the amount the Predators earn from the NHL’s revenue-sharing plan.


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Predators Debut Another 3rd Sweater

from Bran Muller of the Tennessean,

Nashville’s previous third jersey was a hit with many fans, but the mustard yellow color was also the butt of jokes, and the players weren’t huge proponents.

“One of the things guys didn’t like about the other third jersey was that it was really heavy,” goaltender Dan Ellis said. “It had a gray layer underneath the yellow and it got really thick and hot. That doesn’t make guys want to wear it that often.”

It appears the jersey makers got it right this time. The new version is lighter, predominantly dark blue and has a retro, traditional look with some modern day touches.

The classic-looking jersey also has a Da Vinci Code vibe to it, filled with subtle symbols that create one message.

more with a picture…

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Nashville Needs A Name

The Nashville Predators cut ties with the Sommet Group and therefore need a new name for the arena they play in.

Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck is taking suggestions.

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Let’s Practice- On, Off, On, Off

via John Glennon of the Tennessean,

One game after Predators Coach Barry Trotz ripped into the organization’s clock operator, the NHL offered a little assistance.

Dave Baker, the NHL’s manager of officiating, flew into Nashville and worked with the clock operator before the game against New Jersey on Thursday.

Two days earlier during the win over San Jose, there had been a couple of late-game delays caused by the clock running after the whistle — and the ensuing time needed to reset the clock.

Trotz was upset that the delays allowed San Jose to rest its top players and put them back on the ice during a close game. On Thursday, Trotz sensed that practice paid off for the clock operator, who is new to the role this season.

“I was very happy with the way they got the clock going,’’ Trotz said. “They finally got it right. They did let the clock go one time, but it was fixed within seconds this time.’‘

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They Just Keep Hanging Around

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

So when top center Jason Arnott misses six games or agitator Jordan Tootoo misses the opening month of the season, yeah, the Preds feel that. But they survived the opening month of the season, winning their last three games in October to get back to the .500 mark.

Somehow, the scrappy Preds are hanging in there.

“We’re actually hanging in there quite well,” Nashville coach Barry Trotz told ESPN.com this week. “We’ve learned to be really resilient. You can get it done, but it’s got to be a group effort.”

Having one of the best coaches in the game in Trotz helps, too; year after year, his staff squeezes juice out of a rock. And veteran GM David Poile has a keen eye for talent and maximizes the pennies afforded to him.

“Could we be a team that was top level if we added an extra $12 million to our payroll? Yeah, absolutely,” said Trotz. “We could add a brand new lineup front. But that’s not reality for us. We’ve got to do it by drafting and developing players, by finding the next Joel Ward or the next Dan Ellis or Chris Mason, those types of guys.”


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Predators Need Offense From Top Guys

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

The line of Steve Sullivan, David Legwand and Martin Erat failed to produce a point in the game and combined for just three shots on goal against the Blackhawks.

Those three players have produced a total of just four points in 10 games, a major blow to the Preds considering what expectations are for the trio. Erat is making $5.25 million this season, Legwand $5 million and Sullivan $3.75 million.

“The bottom line is we need every single player in the locker room to step it up,’’ Preds goalie Dan Ellis said. “This has to be a team effort because we don’t have one superstar.

“Our best player is Shea Weber and he’s 60 feet away from the net most times, so you can’t expect him to lead the offensive threat. We need the guys that are getting paid to do it to do it.’‘

read on

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Can A Ref Be Blamed For A Turnover?

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

With the scored tied 2-2 just before the midway point of the third period, Predators defenseman Shea Weber was competing for a puck in his own end when he found himself face-to-face with referee Dennis LaRue.

Weber bowled over LaRue, but never could get to the puck, which wound up behind the Nashville net. Boston’s Daniel Paille shoveled a quick centering pass to Steve Begin, who knocked home the game-winner from the slot.

“He had nowhere to go and I had nowhere to go,’’ Weber said of LaRue. “It was a tough situation.’‘


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Predators Need To Bust Their Slump

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Here’s the biggest challenge for the Predators as they try to right a foundering ship five games into the season: What exactly do they build on, after Wednesday’s 6-0 pummeling by the Dallas Stars?

• It’s certainly not their offense, as the Predators have scored just seven goals — one via shootout — through the first five games.

• It’s not defense and goaltending, not after surrendering a combined 12 goals in the past two games.

• And it’s certainly not special teams, not with a power play that’s scored once in five games and a penalty kill that’s allowed six goals during that same stretch.


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A New Groin Strain Treatment

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators prospect Colin Wilson appears close to making his NHL debut, thanks in part to a relatively new sports medical procedure.

Wilson suffered a strained groin early in training camp but underwent a blood platelet treatment a couple of weeks ago that has apparently helped the healing process.

Coach Barry Trotz didn’t specify the name of the treatment, but the process he described — in which platelets were removed from the injured area, mixed and then returned to the body — sounds identical to platelet-rich plasma.

In PRP, which has only been used in the sports field in recent years, a small sampling of the patient’s blood is placed into a centrifuge that rotates at high speed.


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