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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.
May 6 - 6:50 PM

Filip Forsberg scored his fifth goal in four games at the World Championship on Wednesday versus Canada.

Victor Rask, Oscar Moller and Anton Lander had Sweden's other goals in the team's first defeat of the tournament. Loui Eriksson had two assists in the match. The Swedes had a 3-0 lead after the first, but Canada rallied for a 6-4 victory to stay perfect after four games.
May 6 - 5:44 PM

The Predators would like to bring back Mike Ribeiro.

"I believe he and his family are very happy here," GM David Poile said. "Hopefully it's a marriage that wants to continue here in Nashville. Poile was thankful that the Predators had Ribeiro on their roster in 2014-15 after he signed a one-year deal worth $1.05 million last summer. "It was exactly what the doctor ordered," Poile said. "(He brought) a dimension that I don't think we had. (If) we don't have Mike Ribeiro, it's going to be hard making the playoffs because he generated so much offense. How would have Filip Forsberg done without him? ... I thought he played just terrific for us." He posted 15 goals and 62 points in 82 games this past campaign and said last week that he "would love to be back" in Nashville.
May 6 - 12:31 PM

Just one off-season following "his last chance," Mike Ribeiro has already gone on record to say that he'd "love to be back the [Nashville] Predators next season."

Ribeiro led the Preds in assists with 47, and ranked second in points with 62 over all 82 games in 2014-15. He also put up four assists and five points in six playoff games this April. Ribeiro turned 35 years old in February, and is coming off a one-year $1.05M deal and will certainly command a bit more security and salary next year wherever he signs.
Apr 28 - 8:44 PM

It doesn't sound like there's a fit for trade deadline acquisition, and pending UFA, Cody Franson in Nashville moving forward. Said Predators GM David Poile, "The fact that Franson was a right-handed shot…wasn’t the perfect situation for Franson or for us."

Franson, who was acquired along with Mike Santorelli from Toronto for a 2015 first round draft pick and prospect Brendan Leipsic, simply didn't produce. Franson had put up 32 points in 55 games while skating an average of 21:33 a night for Toronto, and just six points in 28 games (including playoffs) while skating over 15 minutes a game with Nashville. Franson won't turn 28 years old until August, and will surely command well over the $3.3M he did in 2014-15.
Apr 28 - 8:19 PM

Mike Fisher is confident that he will be back in Nashville next season.

He can become an unrestricted free agent in July. Fisher has been with the Predators since the 2010-11 campaign. He collected 19 goals and 39 points in 59 games this year after missing the first 21 matches with an Achilles injury.
Apr 27 - 5:45 PM

Shea Weber sustained a subluxed kneecap during Game 2 of Nashville's first-round series against Chicago.

He sat out the Predators' final four playoff matches and underwent a medical procedure to repair the damage. Weber is expected to require four to six weeks of recovery time.
Apr 27 - 4:52 PM

Pekka Rinne was frustrated with Saturday's elimination loss to Chicago, but he knows that the Predators have a special group of players on their roster.

"It's just really disappointing," Predators goalie Pekka Rinne said. "It's tough after the season we had, and I truly believe it's a special group of guys, just all-around, throughout the roster, it's a great time. It's obviously a pleasure playing with these guys, but obviously right now it doesn't feel like it's a good season or a good finish, but obviously give (it) some time and it's been a great season for us." Despite a quick elimination from the playoffs, the Preds should continue to be successful next year and beyond. Young players like Filip Forsberg, Colin Wilson, and Seth Jones all took a big step forward in 2014-15.
Apr 26 - 9:06 AM

Seth Jones knows that his team gave it all they had, but he still believes that Nashville's playoff run ended too early.

"I think everyone left it out there every game this season, regular season and playoffs," Predators defenseman Seth Jones said. "We played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort. And that's all we can ask of each other. … Unfortunately, it ended a little bit too early." Nashville was one of the better teams in the NHL during the regular season, but they failed to translate that into playoff success.
Apr 26 - 9:02 AM

Predators head coach Peter Laviolette knows that his players played hard for him all season, but he admits that being eliminated in the first round is difficult.

The Predators were officially eliminated from the playoffs after a game six loss to Chicago on Saturday night. "Our guys played hard," Laviolette said. "You ask a team to go out and play hard and play to the best of their ability. I think we did in the series and not able to get it done. It's just a difficult time for our group right now." Nashville traded high draft picks for some reinforcements before the trade deadline, but players like Mike Santorelli and Cody Franson just didn't pan out.
Apr 26 - 9:00 AM

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne made 28 saves but the Predators squandered first-period leads of 2-0 and 3-1 and were edged 4-3 by the Blackhawks in Chicago Saturday night.

The loss eliminated the Preds from the Western Conference First Round playoff series. The Hawks took the series in six games. Rinne finished the series with a 2-4 record. His goals-against average in the post-season was 2.68 and he had a .909 save percentage. Rinne had an outstanding season and is one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's premier goalie. In the playoffs, however, Rinne was, well, average. It'll be a long off-season for the veteran goalie.
Apr 25 - 11:49 PM

James Neal gave Nashville a 2-0 lead in the first period but the Predators wound up losing 4-3 to the Blackhawks in Chicago Saturday night.

With the loss, the Preds were eliminated from the Western Conference First Round playoff series. The Hawks took the series in six games. But it wasn't easy. Neal gave the Preds high hopes of tying the series at 3-3 when he scored his third and fourth goals of the post-season at 1:10 and 8:09 of the first period. Matt Cullen, with his only goal of the playoffs, made it 3-1 for Nashville in the first period. The Hawks would tie it up 3-3 before the period, though, and won the game and the series on a Duncan Keith slap shot late in the third. Neal finished the series with four goals after failing to pick up a point in the first three games.
Apr 25 - 11:34 PM

Gabriel Bourque was made a late addition to Nashville's line up for Game Six on Saturday night as they try to stave off elimination against Chicago.

Bourque will play the left wing along with Paul Gaustad and Viktor Stalberg, however Stalberg is the only one to hit the score sheet with three points in five games.
Apr 25 - 7:54 PM

There will be no line up changes for Nashville as they head into their Game Six with Chicago, trailing the series 3-2.

Veteran defender Anton Volechenkov will be joined by forward Kevin Fiala, as well as Nashville's Black Aces squad in the press box.
Apr 25 - 6:49 PM

Colin Wilson is not participating in Saturday morning's practice.

We hope this is just a morning off and not an injury situation. Wilson has been one of Nashville's best players in the post-season so far and he will be needed if the Preds are to stave off elimination Saturday night in Chicago. Stay tuned for further updates as to Wilson's status.
Apr 25 - 1:41 PM

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