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After losing James Neal in the expansion draft Wednesday night, the Predators might be looking to acquire a top-six forward this off-season.

One player who likely won't be coming to Nashville is Colorado's Matt Duchene. The Avs want a top NHL defenseman in exchange for Duchene and the Preds don't want to part with any of their blueliners. It is more likely that the Predators will look to the free-agent market to replace Neal and his production. Of course, Nashville might opt to stand pat and hope Kevin Fiala and/or Pontus Aberg can add the offense lost with the loss of Neal. Stay tuned.
Jun 25 - 10:41 AM

Predators GM David Poile says he's not interested in trading any of his top four defensemen.

There have been rumors about Nashville going after Colorado's Matt Duchene, but it sounds like the price is a little too high for Poile. "We will not be touching our defense in the near future here," said Poile. The four defensemen in question are P.K. Subban, Mattias Ekholm, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis. All four of those players were key parts of Nashville's run to the Stanley Cup Final, so it's no surprising to hear that they're unavailable.
Jun 24 - 3:42 PM

The Nashville Predators have selected Grant Mismash with their second round pick (61st overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Preds have now selected wingers with their first two picks in this draft (they took Eeli Tolvanen in the first round). Mismash is an energy player that isn’t shy about throwing his weight around all over the ice. The 18-year-old scored 26 goals and 61 points in 65 games with the US National Team Development Program, but he also added 104 penalty minutes during that span. His physical style of play tends to lead to a lot of silly penalties, too. On the plus side, he’s shown that he’s capable of putting the puck in the net with regularity. He projects as more of a third-line winger that can chip in offensively.
Jun 24 - 10:57 AM

The Nashville Predators have selected Eeli Tolvanen with the 30th pick overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

After growing up playing hockey in Finland, Tolvanen came to North America to play in the USHL in 2015-16. He put up a respectable 38 points in 49 games as a 16-year-old with the Sioux City Musketeers, but last season, he stepped up his production by collecting 54 points in 52 USHL contests. Tolvanen isn’t the biggest prospect in the draft (5-foot-10, 180 pounds), but he doesn’t necessarily play a small game. The 18-year-old has very good speed and a quality shot that he uses a lot (he averaged 4.73 shots-per-game last season, which was tops in the USHL). He’s heading to Boston College next season. Tolvanen will need a few seasons before he will play in Bridgestone Arena, but he could be quite the sniper when he finally lands in the NHL.
Jun 23 - 10:04 PM

David Poile has won the NHL General Manager of the Year Award.

Poile has made some bold trades while shaping the roster of the Nashville Predators. His acquisitions of P.K. Subban and Ryan Johansen helped get the team to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017.
Jun 21 - 9:31 PM

Joonas Lyytinen has agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators.

Lyytinen had eight goals and 24 points in 54 games in the Finnish league last season. Nashville took him with the 132nd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 19 - 5:51 PM

As expected the Predators have left James Neal, Colin Wilson and Craig Smith unprotected for the expansion draft.

The Predators submitted the following protected list: Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg, Calle Jarnkrok, Ryan Johansen, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi, P.K. Subban and Pekka Rinne. We are not sure if Vegas will find any of the Preds' veteran forwards attractive or will opt to select Stanely Cup star Colton Sissons or solid defenseman Anthony Bitetto. Stay tuned.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 12:08 PM

The Nashville Predators have been attempting to work out a deal with Vegas ahead of the expansion draft, but have reportedly been unsuccessful thus far.

The Predators are in a position where they could lose James Neal or Calle Jarnkrok in the expansion draft unless they can reach an understanding with the Golden Knights that they'll take someone else in exchange for additional compensation, like a draft pick. Nashville is reportedly still trying to make that happen, but if the team isn't successful, then the Predators might end up making a trade with another squad to either move Neal or Jarnkrok so that they at least get something out of it, or move a player that they would have otherwise protected to free up a slot.
Jun 16 - 2:52 PM

Contract talks with Ryan Johansen are expected to begin next week.

Johansen can become a restricted free agent on July 1 and he is eligible for arbitration. He co-led the Predators with 61 points in 82 games this past season. Johansen also topped the team with 47 assists. He had 14 points in 14 playoff games before he was injured in the Western Conference Final.
Jun 14 - 5:32 PM

Nashville will start contract negotiations with Viktor Arvidsson next week.

Arvidsson will be a restricted free agent and he does have arbitration rights. He co-led the Predators with 31 goals and 61 points in 80 games during the 2016-17 campaign. He also had 13 points in 22 playoff matches.
Jun 14 - 5:13 PM

Kevin Fiala is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a fractured femur.

Nashville GM David Poile said that Fiala should be "fine by the time we get to training camp." His season ended in the playoffs when he was hurt on Apr. 26 against St. Louis.
Jun 14 - 4:53 PM

Predators GM David Poile didn't provide an update on the status of Ryan Ellis Wednesday when he disclosed the team's other playoff injuries.

Ellis is still being evaluated and more is expected to be known next week. He played in all 22 of Nashville's playoff games, but suffered an undisclosed upper-body in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Jun 14 - 4:10 PM

Craig Smith had a high-ankle sprain in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Smith skated in just 10 games during Nashville's postseason run and he contributed three points. He scored one goal despite recording 21 shots on target.
Jun 14 - 3:41 PM

Colin Wilson has a hamstring issue in the postseason.

Wilson sat out Nashville first-round sweep of Chicago and the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final due to the ailment. He finished the playoffs with two goals and two assists in 14 appearances.
Jun 14 - 3:35 PM

Mike Fisher hasn't decided yet if he will return to the NHL next season.

He is still going over his options. "Everyone wants to win in this game, no one probably more than me," Fisher said. "But there's other things. At the end of the day, this is a game. It's an important part of my life, but it's not everything and there's other decisions and other people that are involved, so we'll take those into account. For me, it's faith, family and then hockey. So we'll see where that fits in because, like I said, I love being part of this group. I had a blast." He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and he is also considering retirement.
Jun 14 - 2:40 PM


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