Player News - Predators

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Scott Hartnell isn't ready to retire from the NHL just yet.

The Predators already informed the veteran that they weren't going to offer him a contract, but that doesn't mean he's going to hang up his skates just yet. "Watching these games, I still have a fire inside me to play again," Hartnell said. 'My first priority, over the next couple of months, is to get ready [to return]. It wasn’t the way I wanted to end it. I was scratched, came back and had some good games. If there’s the right fit, I believe I can still be a presence, still be effective. If I didn’t believe that, I would step away." The 36-year-old had 13 goals and 24 points in 62 games this season.
May 25 - 7:35 PM

Nashville announced some front office changes on Tuesday after losing long-time executive Paul Fenton, who joined the Minnesota Wild as the team's new GM.

Jeff Kealty and Brian Poile will act as co-assistant general managers. Kealty will also be the team's director of scouting, while Poile will still be the director of hockey operations. Scott Nichol will serve as the General Manager of the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals and he will also continue to work as Nashville's director of player development.
May 22 - 11:42 AM

Mike Fisher posted a farewell message on Instagram Monday.

Fisher wrote: "I'm so grateful for the last 18 years. It's hard to believe how fast the time goes. I got the chance to play and work with so many incredible people along the way. God taught me some incredible life lessons through the game of hockey over the years and without the gift He gave me none of this would have been possible. Thanks to the Nashville Predators and Ottawa Senators for all the amazing memories! Lastly thanks to my friends and family for supporting me over the years. It's been a blast!!" He decided to call it a career after he returned to the Predators in March from his previous retirement. Fisher produced 589 points and 815 penalty minutes in 1,104 contests.
May 21 - 1:37 PM

Filip Forsberg scored the game-winning goal in the shootout to lead Sweden to a gold medal at the 2018 World Championship.

This is a great way for Forsberg to head into the off-season after Nashville's disappointing playoff run, which ended in the second round. Gustav Nyquist and Mika Zibanejad scored for Sweden in regulation against Switzerland, while the Swiss got goals from Nino Niederreiter and Timo Meier.
May 20 - 5:21 PM

Viktor Arvidsson netted a pair of goals to help Sweden advance to the gold-medal game at the 2018 World Championship.

The Swedes defeated Team USA 6-0 on Saturday and will play the winner of the Canada-Switzerland contest. Calgary's Mikael Backlund earned three assists in the semifinal victory, while Vancouver netminder Anders Nilsson stopped all 41 shots he faced for the shutout.
May 19 - 11:50 AM

Head coach Peter Laviolette is trying to persuade Mike Fisher to join his coaching staff after Fisher announced his retirement for the second time.

"I keep asking him to coach, and he keeps saying no," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. Fisher has said he will prioritize time with his wife Carrie Underwood and his family but hasn't ruled out a future with the Predators organization. "I’m sure we’ll have some conversations in the future," Fisher said. "But right now, I don’t really know what that’s going to look like." The 37-year-old will finish his career with 589 points in 1104 career regular-season games. He was never able to win the Stanley Cup, finishing as a runner-up on two separate occasions (2006-07 and 2016-17).
May 19 - 9:19 AM

Locking up Ryan Ellis to a contract extension could be the Predators' biggest goal this summer.

Predators GM David Poile isn't looking to make major changes this summer and he doesn't have much in the way of unrestricted free agents to address. However, Ellis can test the free agent market in the summer of 2019, so locking him up now could be in the Predators' best interests. He had nine goals and 32 points in 44 games in 2017-18.
May 17 - 10:04 AM

The Nashville Predators aren't looking to make major changes this summer.

While the Predators are disappointed with their second round exit this year, they still believe that this group is capable of winning the Stanley Cup. "They really believed in our team," Predators GM David Poile said of his players. "They loved our team. They thought our chemistry, our culture was really good. If I was trying to frame it correctly, basically I think what they were saying to the general manager and to the coach is they didn't want to see a lot of changes. Our players are confident and they’re proud and they’re committed and they want to come back. That doesn’t happen all the time." The Predators don't have much in the way of expiring contracts, so it will be easy to keep the team relatively intact if that's the direction they want to go in. The biggest departure could end up being Alexei Emelin, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent and isn't expected to return.
May 17 - 10:01 AM

Ryan Hartman (shoulder) could be worth keeping an eye on next season.

Hartman has to undergo shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, but he could be ready for the start of the regular season. When he's able to play, he is expected to be tried out in different roles. "Meaning we're open to him playing up in the lineup or different positions, maybe power play opportunities," said Predators GM David Poile. "... It'll be his best chance with a full year to know exactly where he fits in, but I think he's hopefully going to be a player with us for a number of years." Hartman is a restricted free agent on July 1.
May 16 - 11:57 AM

As expected, Nashville intends to enter next season with Pekka Rinne as the team's number one goaltender.

"There shouldn't be any question in that," said coach Peter Laviolette. Rinne didn't have a strong 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs despite an excellent 2017-18 regular season. In 59 appearances this past campaign, he posted a 42-13-4 record with a 2.31 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage and eight shutouts. Rinne has one more season left on his seven-year contract.
May 14 - 3:34 PM

Coach Peter Laviolette would "love" Eeli Tolvanen to make the Predators' roster next season.

The Nashville bench boss indicated that Tolvanen will need to prepare himself this summer with plenty of training to earn a spot on the team. Predators GM David Poile added that it will be the club's goal to get Tolvanen ready to make the NHL. The 19-year-old forward appeared in just three games at the end of the regular season and didn't see any playing time during the playoffs. Still, Tolvanen is loaded with potential and he'll be worth monitoring at training camp.
May 14 - 12:17 PM

Nashville GM David Poile has spoken to Ryan Ellis' agent about a contract extension.

Poile appears to be interested in signing Ellis to an extension this summer. The 27-year-old defender has one more season left on his current contract.
May 14 - 12:05 PM

Calle Jarnkrok was dealing with a shoulder injury during the postseason.

Jarnkrok sat out three games during the playoffs because of the injury and it didn't fully heal before he returned. He is expected to make a full recovery during the off-season, though.
May 14 - 11:59 AM

Ryan Hartman will have off-season shoulder surgery.

Hartman is expected to need four-plus months of recovery time. He might be back for the start of the 2018-19 season, but his status for training camp appears to be cloudy at this time.
May 14 - 11:56 AM

Mike Fisher was unable to play in Game 7 against Winnipeg because of a meniscus injury.

Nashville GM David Poile believes that Fisher would have been able to play in the Stanley Cup Final had the team advanced that far. Fisher announced after Nashville's playoff exit that he plans to retire again.
May 14 - 11:48 AM


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