Player News - Predators

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Simon Moser expects to get a raise from Nashville in order to re-sign.

Moser is still willing to accept a two-way contract by the sounds of things, but he wants the AHL level of his deal to pay him more than the $70,000 he got last season. Moser, who made Switzerland's Olympic team in 2014, could command more in his home country, which is likely why he wants a raise in order to stick around. He's a restricted free agent though, so if the Predators won't accommodate him, then his only other options are an offer sheet - which is unlikely - or a return to Europe. He had a goal and two points in six games with Nashville last season.
Jul 25 - 6:01 PM

Seth Jones has been working with Predators strength and conditioning coach David Good to bulk up over the summer.

Jones has already added five pounds, which brings him up to 210. "Physically he needs to mature more," assistant coach Phil Housley said. "He has to get stronger on his feet. He has to get more leverage, starting with the basic foundation of his legs up. That's just going to come with maturity and having seasons of working out as he grows. Mentally, I think he's mature." Jones had 25 points in his rookie season, but he was also minus-23.
Jul 21 - 9:49 AM

Expectations will be high in the coming season for forward Craig Smith of the Nashville Predators.

Smith is one of the fastest skaters in the NHL and scouts throughout the league have expected high numbers from him in the past couple of years. Last season, he was solid with 24 goals for the Preds and 52 points in 79 games. In the coming season, though, his statistics could get a jolt with new head coach Peter Laviolette, who is promising to implement a fast-paced, wide-open offensive system. "He's a pretty high-octane, high-powered offensive coach," Smith said. "He wants to outscore the other team versus trying to win 1-0, so I like that type of run-and-gun style."
Jul 20 - 4:24 PM

After three sub-par years, Derek Roy knew his training needed to change and he knew he needed to work on his nutrition.

So this summer the veteran center, who signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Predators last Tuesday, enrolled in Gary Roberts' fitness program in Toronto. Roberts, a former NHL forward, is renowned these days for his intense fitness regimen. He has mentored many NHL players, most notably Tampa Bay Lightning All-Star Steven Stamkos. Roy hopes being in better shape will help him avoid some of the injuries that slowed him down in recent seasons. "I wanted to come in the best shape I could possibly coming into the season, and that's why I sought out Gary and his workout program," Roy, 31, said. "I'm feeling great right now and hopefully at the end of the summer I'll be feeling better and not focusing on injuries. From a nutrition standpoint and working with some of the best athletes around has been good. It has been good for my health." Roy had only 37 points in 75 games with St. Louis last season.
Jul 19 - 10:37 AM

Nashville Predators GM David Poile thinks he's offering Derek Roy his "last chance" to prove that he can still be a top-tier skilled forward.

Roy is still only 31, so we think he'll get other chances, at the same time, it is certainly true that he might never get another opportunity to rebound that's as good as the one Poile's giving him. The Predators are shifting philosophies to one that favors offense, but they lack skilled forwards. That's put Roy in a position to serve on one of the Predators' top two lines and get plenty of power-play minutes. He had just 37 points in 75 games last season, but there was a time when he would consistently get over 60 points per campaign.
Jul 16 - 9:54 AM

Mike Ribeiro admitted that he was dealing with marital problems last season that he believes impacted his performance.

Ribeiro said that those issues resulted in him not being committed to his job with the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes inked him to a four-year, $22 million contract last summer, but GM Don Maloney decided to buy him out in June, citing "real behavioral issues" that the team "could not tolerate." Ribeiro is now a member of the Nashville Predators on a one-year, $1.05 million contract. "I had a chance to really focus on myself and really learn about myself," Ribeiro said. "That's why I'm comfortable. What Mr. Maloney said – it shocked some people, my wife wasn't happy about it. I sat down, thought about it. I'm comfortable with myself now. I'm open with what happened or didn't happen with our marriage issues, and really I think I'm comfortable with it and not trying to hide it." If he can put all this behind him, then Ribeiro would be a serious candidate to record 60-70 points in 2014-15.
Jul 15 - 10:47 PM

Kevin Fiala has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators.

Fiala was taken with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He played in 17 Swedish league games last season and finished with three goals and 11 points. He'll enter training camp with a chance of making the team's opening game roster, but it wouldn't be surprising if he needs some time to adjust to North American hockey before he's ready to compete at the NHL level.
Jul 15 - 5:46 PM

Viktor Arvidsson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Nashville.

Arvidsson had 40 points and 59 penalty minutes in 50 games in the Swedish league last season. He was selected with the 112th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 15 - 5:19 PM

Derek Roy has inked a one-year, $1 million contract with the Nashville Predators.

Nashville also signed Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million contract Tuesday morning. Like Ribeiro, Roy could prove to be a big steal for the Predators, but there's also a reason why he would sign at that price. Roy has seen his production decline significantly over the last few years and he just had 37 points in 75 games with St. Louis in 2013-14. Still, he's just 31 and will probably start the season on one of Nashville's top two lines. Combine that with the Predators desire to put a greater emphasis on offense next season and the stage seems set for Roy to bounce back.
Jul 15 - 12:28 PM

The Nashville Predators have signed Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.

The fact that Ribeiro will earn just $1.05 million after commanding a four-year, $22 million contract last summer speaks volumes to how severe his fall from grace has been. Ribeiro didn't have a particularly good season, but the Coyotes said they bought him out due to "behavioral issues" rather than performance ones. Perhaps that scared off other suitors, but the Predators needed a center that was worthy of playing alongside James Neal and when he's at his best, Ribeiro certainly qualifies. This could be a big bounce back season for him.
Jul 15 - 12:03 PM

Mike Ribeiro is expected to make a decision regarding his future this week.

Ribeiro agreed to a four-year, $22 million contract with Arizona last summer, but they bought him out after just one season. They cited "real behavioral issues" that the team "could not tolerate" as the reason. While that's concerning, Ribeiro is typically a solid top-six forward and would be a fine addition to most teams.
Jul 14 - 6:22 PM

The Nashville Predators won't rule out the possibility of Kevin Fiala making the team's opening game roster.

At the same time, they want to exercise some caution after selecting him with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. For his part, Fiala gets that this might be a process. "My goal is NHL, and I want to do it right now. But I think step-by-step, and if I don't do it this year, I'm going to work hard and do it step-by-step and hopefully do it next year," he said. Fiala has plenty of offensive upside, which is something the Predators are desperately after.
Jul 11 - 10:00 AM

The Nashville Predators hiring of Peter Laviolette could benefit Filip Forsberg.

Laviolette is expected to put more of an emphasis on offensive play than the Predators have had in recent years, which should play into Forsberg's strengths. "I've heard a lot of good things about him and talked to a couple of guys that he has coached before. They told me good things too, so I'm looking forward to working with him this season," said Forsberg. "I'm just trying to play the type of game I've always been playing and have been pretty successful with so far. Hopefully that's a game he likes and wants to have on his team in the future." He had 15 goals and 34 points in 47 AHL games in 2013-14. He also had five points in 13 NHL contests, but he was limited to 11:24 minutes per game.
Jul 10 - 9:50 AM

Mattias Ekholm has agreed to a two-year contract with the Nashville Predators.

Ekholm was a restricted free agent and had filed for salary arbitration. His cap hit will reportedly be just below $1.1 million. He had a goal and nine points in 62 games in 2013-14.
Jul 9 - 9:58 AM

Anthony Bitetto has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Nashville.

Bitetto had 36 points and 85 penalty minutes in 73 AHL games in 2013-14. He was taken by the Predators in the sixth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 8 - 1:41 PM


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