Player News - Predators

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The Nashville Predators released Devin Williams.

Williams was invited to camp on a pro tryout. The 18-year-old played for the Erie Otters of the OHL last season.
Sep 21 - 8:55 PM

The Nashville Predators released Jon Puskar on Sunday.

Puskar was in camp on a pro tryout. The 25-year-old spent the last four years playing for American International College.
Sep 21 - 8:51 PM

The Nashville Predators released forward Mathew Campagna.

Campagna was in Predators’ training camp on a pro tryout. The 20-year-old was a long shot to receive a contract from Nashville.
Sep 21 - 8:43 PM

The Nashville Predators have returned prospect Aaron Irving back to the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL.

Irving was a sixth round pick of the Predators last June. The 18-year-old defenseman scored 9 goals and 21 points in 63 games with the Oil Kings in the WHL last season.
Sep 21 - 8:31 PM

The Nashville Predators announced that they have sent Tommy Veilleux back to Victoriaville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Veilleux was drafted by the Predators in the sixth round of the 2013 draft. The 19-year-old never really had a realistic chance of cracking the Predators lineup this season. He was limited to just 17 games in Victoriaville last season.
Sep 21 - 8:25 PM

The Nashville Predators have assigned Justin Kirkland back to Kelowna of the Western Hockey League.

Kirkland was Nashville’s third round pick in last June’s entry draft. The 18-year-old forward registered 17 goals and 48 points in 68 games with the Kelowna Rockets. Kirkland is at least a couple of years away from contributing in Nashville.
Sep 21 - 8:19 PM

Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile gave an update on negotiations between the team and restricted free-agent Ryan Ellis.

"Unfortunately at this time we have not agreed what they think and what we think is fair compensation," said Poile. "We want (Ellis). We are not trading him, we really like him." The 23-year-old defenseman registered 6 goals and 27 points in 80 games with the Predators last season.
Sep 21 - 11:09 AM

Filip Forsberg opened Predators' training camp on a line with Viktor Stalberg and Calle Jarnkrok.

Other line combos for Saturday's scrimmage are: James Neal-Mike Ribeiro-Taylor Beck (although Gabriel Bourque played on the unit Friday) and Graig Smith-Derek Roy-Colin Wilson. Not sure how much stock we can put in this alignment, although it does look like Preds' new coach Peter Laviolette does want Neal and Ribeiro to play together.
Sep 20 - 2:13 PM

The contract talks for Ryan Ellis with the Nashville Predators "are not going well at all," according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

This one is hard to understand because Ellis is not in position to demand top dollar, and the Preds with plenty of cap space. Regardless with Ellis "nowhere close to a new contract," the Preds have brought in former Lightning and Senator Brian Lee on a PTO.
Sep 19 - 1:38 AM

Brian Lee has agreed to a Professional Try Out contract with the Nashville Predators, GM David Poile announced.

The 2005 draft pick of the Ottawa Senators brings veteranship, and if nothing else, serves as added motivation to Ryan Ellis to finally agree to a new RFA contract. Lee has scored 36 points in his 209 career games but hasn't seen regular time since the 2011-'12 season.
Sep 19 - 12:56 AM

A line to watch at training camp for the Predators could be a combination of Derek Roy, Craig Smith and Colin Wilson.

"They're both good players with the puck and real smart," Roy said. "Smitty's an offensive dynamic with a great shot. Colin is a great passer and has great vision around the ice. I'm looking forward to playing with those guys and seeing where it goes." Roy inked a one-year, $1 million contract with Nashville back in July after he accounted for nine goals and 37 points in 75 games with St. Louis last season.
Sep 18 - 6:44 PM

Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg was named the MVP of this week's Rookie Tournament.

He's been able to distinguish himself on levels just below the NHL, so can he make it now with a more offensive-minded coach in Peter Laviolette? It's a situation that's at least worth monitoring fantasy-wise.
Sep 16 - 5:07 PM

Filip Forsberg scored the winner in overtime to lead the rookies from Nashville to a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay.

Forsberg was drafted 11th overall two seasons ago and was dealt to the Predators for Martin Erat, a move that the Capitals are ruing at this time. Forsberg should crack the Nashville lineup this season and see some power play time on the second unit. He should get 30-35 points but is only worth taking in keeper leagues at this time.
Sep 13 - 7:54 PM

Two players worth watching during the rookie tournament taking place in the NHL this week are Filip Forsberg and Colton Sissons.

Forsberg will be trying to make a positive impression on new Preds' coach Peter Laviolette, who will be looking for offense that the explosive Forsberg can provide. Sissons, who had some scoring success in the AHL last season, is more of a two-way player than Forsberg but lacks the Swede's pure scoring ability. Keep an eye on both these players as they have a legitimate chance of cracking the Preds' lineup out of training camp.
Sep 13 - 1:36 PM

Pekka Rinne said his hip "feels great."

"I had a good summer. I worked hard and stayed healthy," he said. "I'm just really excited for this upcoming season. I feel like I'm ready to go. I still have to pay attention to it, but I don't have to change anything, I don't have to skip any training because of that. It feels normal, I feel like I have the strength back in my legs this summer. It feels great and it's nice not to think about it all the time." Rinne has been dealing with a hip issue for the past two seasons and an infection limited him to 24 appearances last year. Don't let him slip too far on draft day, as he'll probably prove to be worth the risk.
Sep 11 - 6:38 PM

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