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Anton Volchenkov and the Nashville Predators have discussed a potential new contract.

It's worth noting that Volchenkov will be entering his age-33 season as a career defensive defenseman and is coming off a one-year, $1M contract. If Volchenkov and Predators GM David Poille do come to terms, it'll likely be as a back-end defender again. What with Shea Weber, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm, Seth Jones and Victor Bartley also on the roster.
May 26 - 6:35 PM

Andrei Kostitsyn is hoping to return to the NHL.

That might be a bit of an uphill battle for Kostitsyn. He's coming off of a strong season where he recorded 13 goals and 35 points in 50 games, but he never quite lived up to expectations in the NHL. He also wound up in the KHL after receiving a suspension from Nashville for missing a curfew during the second round of the playoffs. Still, that was three years and while he's never excelled in the NHL, he was a serviceable secondary scorer and his contract expectations are low enough, then teams might see him as a worthy gamble.
May 25 - 6:36 PM

Former Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson believes that Mike Babcock's arrival in Toronto will help the team land more free-agents.

"I definitely think it makes [Toronto] more interesting," Franson told TSN 1050 Radio. "... Definitely, with Mr. Babcock going there, it's an exciting time for people in that organization and I think it makes it more intriguing to free agents for sure." Franson was traded by the Maple Leafs to the Predators this winter, and the free-agent to be has already said that he would consider going back to Toronto if they were interested in his services.
May 24 - 3:56 PM

Unrestricted Free Agent defenseman Cody Franson is including Toronto on his list of teams he'll consider signing with.

"I definitely think it makes them (Toronto) more interesting," Franson said about the Maple Leafs in regards to new head coach Mike Babcock. "I’m hopeful Toronto’s in the mix. I’m hoping they’re one of the teams that calls." Franson is officially UFA come July 1st, and was enjoying his career best season in Toronto with six goals and 32 points before being traded to Nashville at the trade deadline.
May 23 - 8:00 PM

Pekka Rinne was named the top goaltender at the 2015 World Hockey Championship.

Unfortunately for Rinne, Finland didn't win a medal in the tournament. The Predators goaltender did set a very impressive tournament record of 237:05 without giving up a goal during the tournament's group stage.
May 17 - 5:54 PM

Matt Cullen is now an unrestricted free agent, and he'd like to play closer to his Moorhead, MN home.

"I had so much fun playing the game. I still absolutely love playing the game," Cullen said. The veteran forward of 17 seasons will turn 39 in November, and already has 193 games as a member of the Minnesota Wild under his belt from 2010-13. He also played for Winnipeg Jets' coach Paul Maurice when they won the Cup together in Carolina in 2005-06. If Cullen does decide to take another contract, he won't break the bank having just come off of a two-year $7M deal with Nashville.
May 14 - 8:40 PM

Roman Josi recorded a great goal against the U.S. at the World Hockey Championships on Thursday in quarterfinal action.

He opened the scoring in the match on a great solo rush, but the Americans scored the next three to knock Switzerland out of medal contention. Josi produced two goals and two assists in eight games at the tournament.
May 14 - 4:24 PM

Matt Cullen is taking some time to think about his future.

"I'm going to take a little while, just kind of take some time and sit back," Cullen said. "Obviously, everything happens fast at the end and disappointed in the way it all ended up, but I'll just sit back and take a little time and be with the family and let the body settle down and calm down. I don't really have a structure yet." He can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer and there may not be a spot for him on the Predators anymore. The 38-year-old forward notched just seven goals and 25 points in 62 games this past season. He may decide to retire, but agent Pat Morris thinks Cullen should continue his career.
May 14 - 3:10 PM

Filip Forsberg is leading Team Sweden and the rest of the World Hockey Championship with eight goals through the seven game round robin.

As Sweden gets ready to take on Team Russia in the Quarter Finals, a duo of other tournament leaders sit atop the scoring table. Sweden's Oliver Ekman-Larsson is tied with Russia's Yevgeni Dadonov along with Canada's Jason Spezza and Matt Duchene with 11 points.

Pekka Rinne's shutout record at the World Hockey Championships ended at 237:05.

He was the player of the game in Finland's 3-2 shootout win over Belarus on Monday. Rinne has been spectacular at the tournament, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise. He excelled for the Finns last year at the Worlds and he was outstanding for Nashville during the 2014-15 campaign.
May 11 - 1:26 PM

Pekka Rinne combined with fellow Finnish goalie Juuse Saros to set a shutout record for the World Hockey Championships, breaking a mark that stood since 1957.

The shutout streak is at 231:56, besting the previous 209:02 record by a healthy margin. Rinne did most of the heavily lifting there but was given a break on Saturday.
May 9 - 4:51 PM

Pekka Rinne has posted three straight shutouts for Finland at the World Championship.

He allowed four goals to Team USA in the tournament opener, but he hasn't been beaten since them. Rinne has stopped 71 of the 75 shots he has faced to give him a 1.01 GAA and a .947 save percentage.
May 7 - 5:08 PM

The re-signing of pending free agent Mike Fisher is a top priority of GM David Poile.

"Mike Fisher, we would love to have him back," Poile said. "He represents so much to our team, both on and off the ice. ... He's a real leader. I truly feel that the best place for Mike is here in Nashville. As long as I'm the manager, he can play as long as he wants." The interest is mutual as Fisher would love to be back with the Predators. He has been Nashville's highest-scoring forward, with 172 points, since joining the team via a trade from Ottawa in February of 2011.
May 7 - 3:17 PM

Marek Mazanec signed a one-year, two-way contract with Nashville on Wednesday.

His new deal will pay him $575,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level. Mazaenc will compete with Carter Hutton for the Predators' backup goaltender job in 2015-16. He appeared in just two games with Nashville this past season and made 25 appearances in 2013-14 because of Pekka Rinne's hip issue.
May 7 - 12:31 PM

Peter Laviolette has been nominated for the Jack Adams Trophy.

In his first season behind the bench in Nashville, he posted a 47-25-10 record to finish with the sixth-best record in the NHL. The Predators had a more offense-oriented build under Laviolette and they scored 232 goals (13th in the league) in 2014-15.
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