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The Nashville Predators don't see P.K. Subban's personality as a problem.

There's been speculation about whether or not Subban will mesh well with the Predators, but it sounds like Predators GM David Poile doesn't see that as a problem. "I told him the same thing — I traded for P.K. Subban, the player and the person," Poile said. "I could say there’s going to be things that we’re going to find out about him as a player that he can do or can’t do or other things that will come up over time, but I don’t want him to change. We want different players. I guess sometimes whether it be a team or a business or whatever walk of life you’re in, you want everybody to sort of march to the same beat. We don’t want that." In Subban, the Predators have acquired one of the best defensemen in the NHL and someone who could potentially help energize the team when needed.
Jul 24 - 9:34 AM

P.K. Subban anticipates things being different with the small market Nashville Predators compared to his time with the Montreal Canadiens.

"I think there's just less distractions," Subban said. "I think in Montreal, things can become distractions for a team, and for us, I think that here, there's going to be less distractions for sure." Getting out from under the media scrutiny that comes from playing with the Montreal Canadiens might make things easier on him. That being said, he still excelled with the Canadiens and we believe Subban could play effectively in any market.
Jul 23 - 4:32 AM

Nashville and Ryan Johansen might start discussing a contract extension early in the 2016-17 campaign, but that's not where his focus is now.

"For me, the approach is we're going to get something done if I do my thing," Johansen said. "My whole thing is having a great summer of training, being in the best shape I can be in and just doing my thing on the ice. ... If I put myself in a situation to have success where my body's in the shape I want it to be in and I gain that confidence over the summer with all of the work I've put in, I feel like the sky's the limit for me and I can do some great things." Johansen had 14 goals and 60 points in 80 games last season, which was down from 71 points in 2014-15. It's not an exaggeration to say that he's entering an important year which will play a big role in gauging if he can reach another level. He's entering the final season of a three-year, $12 million campaign, though he's only eligible for restricted free agency, so Nashville doesn't have to feel pressured to get something done sooner rather than later.
Jul 18 - 4:24 AM

Analytics consultant Matt Pfeffer has been informed by the Montreal Canadiens that his contract won't be renewed.

Pfeffer's departure is noteworthy because it comes shortly after he argued to keep P.K. Subban on the team over Shea Weber. Montreal ultimately didn't agree with his recommendation and instead dealt Subban to Nashville in exchange for Weber. "Prior to the trade, I submitted a report comparing both players. I made a passionate case in favour of P.K. Subban," Pfeffer explained. "There was never a meeting with management. Ultimately, this is the nature of this kind of work. Management makes their decision based on a variety of criteria. Their evaluation may have been different in this case, but there was consensus on other decisions through my time with the team."
Jul 15 - 5:49 PM

Juuse Saros will be challenging for the backup gig during training camp.

Marek Mazanec is the favorite for that role, but Saros shouldn't be completely overlooked. Saros is coming off a strong campaign in the AHL where he posted a 2.24 GAA and .920 save percentage in 38 contests. "I’d say Mazanec certainly deserves the first look," Predators GM David Poile said. "He’s spent four years in the organization, he’s been up here when Pekka (Rinne) went down a couple years ago, (played) 25 games and really played well. He’s had some inconsistencies in his game down in Milwaukee, but in terms of can he do it, should he be able to be that second guy? Absolutely. I have no fear if he doesn't do it that Saros can do it. I think Saros is a terrific athlete, terrific young goalie, played excellent this year. Ideally, the way we like to develop players is we'd like him to get more playing time (in Milwaukee), but right now as I look at it, those guys are second guys."
Jul 15 - 4:51 AM

P.K. Subban never envisioned himself playing for any other team than the Montreal Canadiens.

Subban will of course be doing just that though after Montreal traded him to Nashville in exchange for Shea Weber. "I was talking to my Dad and many, many Christmases ago I went down the stairs, Christmas tree in the living room," Subban said, "and there’s a gift with my name on it. And I unwrap the present and it’s a Montreal Canadiens jersey with my name on it. Not only was it a gift for me that I loved, but I actually got to wear it and wear it with pride and wear it to work every day. But the reality is that today is Boxing Day, Christmas is over, so you just got to kind of move one, right?" Subban added that his ultimate goal was to win the Stanley Cup in Montreal, which now won't happen. That being said, as part of the Predators' impressive defensive core, he'll have an opportunity to compete for the Stanley Cup with them instead.
Jul 14 - 9:29 AM

Petter Granberg's will have an arbitration hearing on August 3 if necessary.

The Predators and Granberg have until then to make it moot by agreeing to terms. He was previously on a two-way contract with a $600,000 annual cap hit. He had two assists in 27 contests last season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 11 - 4:19 PM

Calle Jarnkrok's arbitration hearing date is August 4.

That gives Nashville and Jarnkrok the maximum amount of time to settle before a hearing takes place. He had 16 goals and 30 points in 81 games last season on a $735,000 salary.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 11 - 4:18 PM

The Nashville Predators' decision to buy out Barret Jackman was a "last-minute decision."

"When we got (defenseman P.K.) Subban and then we had talked to Yannick Weber and had a feeling we'd be able to sign him, we just felt that this would be the best thing," Predators GM David Poile said. Nashville freed up roughly $1.3 million in cap space for 2016-17 by making that move, though the Predators will carry an extra $666,666 in 2017-18. Jackman hasn't landed a new contract yet.
Jul 6 - 4:31 AM

Petter Granberg has filed for salary arbitration.

Granberg is coming off of a two-way contract that came with a $600,000 cap hit in the NHL. He had two assists in 27 games.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 5:54 PM

An arbitration request has been filed by Calle Jarnkrok.

Jarnkrok earned $735,000 in 2015-16. He had 16 goals and 30 points in 81 contests.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 5:53 PM

P.K. Subban is looking forward to arriving in Nashville.

Subban was traded to the Predators on June 29 while he was on vacation in Europe, but he's looking forward to landing in Nashville. "I can tell you this right now — I'd like to get down there as quickly as possible because I've always enjoyed my time in Nashville," he said. "Over (the) All-Star break, I had an opportunity to get to know some of the players on the team. I don't know if that's a coincidence, but I got along with the guys great."
Jul 3 - 10:31 AM

Trevor Smith has inked a two-year, two-way contract with the Nashville Predators.

Smith spent the 2015-16 campaign in the Swiss league, scoring three goals and five points in 17 contests. He also has nine goals and 20 points in 106 career NHL games. If he plays in the NHL, he can earn $575,000 annually in 2016-17 and $650,000 in 2017-18.
Jul 2 - 3:47 PM

For P.K. Subban and Shea Weber there are two key dates on the NHL calendar this upcoming season.

The Canadiens visit the Predators on Tuesday January the 3rd and the Habs host the Preds at the Bell Centre on Thursday March 3rd. Although we are expecting a warm reception for Weber at home, Habs' Nation will be beyond enthusiastic for the return of Subban to Montreal. Circle these dates in your calendar. They are sure to be enjoyable games.
Jul 2 - 12:43 PM

Harry Zolnierczyk has signed a one-year, two-way deal with Nashville worth $575K.

The 28-year-old career AHL'er will make $150K while down on the farm. Zolnierczyk has just 60 games of NHL experience since making his debut in 2011-12, and does not offer any fantasy value.
Jul 1 - 4:37 PM


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