Player News - Predators

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Nashville has signed Felix Girard to a three-year, entry-level contract.

He registered 43 points, 130 penalty minutes and a plus-30 rating in 58 games with the QMJHL's Baie-Comeau Drakkar this past season. Girard was a fourth-round pick of the Predators in the 2013 draft.
Apr 16 - 10:04 AM

Seth Jones will don the red, white and blue for Team USA in Belarus next month, accepting an invitation to participate in the World Hockey Championships.

Jones joins a solid defense core that includes the Leafs’ Jake Gardiner and the Jets’ Jacob Trouba for Team USA. The rookie notched 25 points in 73 games this past season, but struggled defensively as demonstrated by his -23 rating.
Apr 15 - 7:54 PM

Calle Jarnkrok has been sent to AHL Milwaukee.

Nashville's season is over, so this will give Jarnkrok a chance to extend his campaign by participating in the AHL playoffs. He had two goals and nine points in 12 games with the Predators in 2013-14.
Apr 15 - 1:44 PM

Star forward Patric Hornqvist makes it clear why he thinks Barry Trotz's contract isn't being renewed as the coach of the Nashville Predators.

"It's our fault that he left," Hornqvist said. "We didn't play good enough for him. He can't be on the ice, he just puts the right players out there. In the end this is our fault that he gets fired, and obviously that's a huge responsibility for us and we have to be better next year."
Apr 15 - 11:12 AM

Shea Weber scored his 23rd goal of the season in the Predators' last game of the year on Sunday.

That ties the personal high he set in 2008-09. Weber concluded this past campaign with a career high 56 points in 79 games. "If he doesn't win the Norris this year it's going to be an absolute crime," former coach Barry Trotz said.
Apr 14 - 1:43 PM

Barry Trotz will not have his coaching contract renewed by the Nashville Predators.

The only coach that the franchise has known is now unemployed as his reign which started at the start of the 1998-99 season, ended with the 7-3 win over Minnesota on Sunday. It should be easy for Trotz to get a new job in the NHL as he is highly regarded.
Apr 14 - 11:49 AM

Backup goaltender Carter Hutton turned aside 26 Minnesota shots as the Nashville Predators finished their regular season with a 7-3 triumph over the Wild Sunday night.

Hutton, getting the opportunity to start in place of first-stringer Pekka Rinne, ends his season with a record of 19-11-4, a GAA of 2.61 and a save percentage of .910. The Preds are out of the playoffs for the second consecutive season but they dazzled their fans in their final two games of the season, scoring 14 times. They won 7-5 over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at home Saturday night.
Apr 13 - 10:56 PM

Forward Craig Smith completed his regular season on fire, scoring two goals and adding two assists in the Nashville Predators' 7-3 rout of the Wild in Minnesota Sunday night.

Smith ended his season on a four-game point streak and set career highs for the season with 24 goals, 28 assists and 52 points in 79 games. Center Calle Jankrok also had a productive night for the Preds in Minnesota, scoring a goal (his second of the season) and picking up two assists. Other scorers for Nashville were Rich Clune (third), Ryan Ellis (sixth) and Roman Josi (13th). The Preds are out of the playoffs for the second consecutive season but they dazzled their fans in their final two games, scoring 14 times. They won 7-5 over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at home Saturday night.
Apr 13 - 10:52 PM

Patric Hornqvist had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 7-5 win over Chicago.

Hornqvist has been on fire lately with nine goals and 17 points in his last 10 games. That's allowed him to salvage what would have otherwise been a disappointing campaign by bringing him up to 52 points in 75 contests.
Apr 13 - 11:01 AM

Craig Smith scored a goal and registered an assist in a 7-5 win on Saturday.

Smith is on a three-game point streak. He has set new career-highs with 22 goals and 48 points in 78 games.
Apr 13 - 10:59 AM

Shea Weber had a goal and an assist in a 7-5 win over Chicago on Saturday.

Weber has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last six games. He leads all defensemen with 22 goals and is tied for fourth place with 55 points in 78 contests.
Apr 13 - 10:57 AM

Mike Fisher had three assists in Nashville's 7-5 win over Chicago on Saturday.

Fisher has now had three multi-point games in the span of six contests. He has 20 goals and 49 points in 74 games in 2013-14.
Apr 13 - 10:55 AM

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne allowed five goals but was credited with the win in a 7-5 triumph over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night.

Rinne stopped only 20 shots in this high-scoring affair. The Preds still have a game left in the regular season, Sunday in Minnesota, but won't make the postseason. Rinne likely will be playing Sunday. If he does, he'll get a final chance to improve his 10-10-3 record, 2.77 GAA and .902 save percentage.
Apr 12 - 10:59 PM

Paul Gaustad collected three points in the Nashville Predators' 7-5 victory over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night.

Gaustad had a goal and two assists. With one game left in the Preds' regular season, the often-injured center has 10 goals and 10 assists. Mike Fisher also had a three-point night for the Preds, all assists, giving him 29 on the season. Nashville's other goal scorers Saturday were Craig Smith (22nd), Ryan Ellis (fifth), Matt Cullen (10th), Colin Wilson (11th), Patric Hornqvist (22nd) and Shea Weber (22nd). Weber's goal was produced on a wrist shot into an empty net with 14 seconds remaining in regulation.
Apr 12 - 10:54 PM

Carter Hutton will get the start Sunday against Minnesota in the Predators final game of the season.

Pekka Rinne will start Saturday against the Blackhawks and Hutton will draw in Sunday. Hutton is coming off his first career shutout a week ago against the Sharks. Adjust your goaltending rotation accordingly.
Apr 12 - 1:35 PM


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