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Colin Wilson has signed a four-year, $15.75 million deal with the Nashville Predators.

Wilson was set to have an arbitration hearing on Tuesday, but this deal makes it moot. He had requested a $4.25 million payday from the arbitrator while Nashville had countered at $3 million. This deal obviously leans more towards Wilson's request than Nashville's, but the Predators must feel that's a fair trade off to lock him up for a longer term. He'll turn 26 in October and is coming off of a season where he scored 20 goals and 42 points in 77 games.
Jul 27 - 11:59 AM

Viktor Arvidsson is a player to keep an eye on in Predators training camp.

Adam Vingan, the team's beat reporter at The Tennessean, believes Arvidsson can make the opening-night roster. Not only did Arvidsson lead Nashville’s American Hockey league team with 55 points last season, he also led the league with 272 shots on goal, so the chances were there. He was pointless in six NHL games, but he has a real shot to carve out a role in the bottom-six in the 2015-16 campaign. Arvidsson was fourth-round pick of the Predators from the 2014 draft.
Jul 26 - 11:53 PM

Colin Wilson and the Predators are $1.25 million apart in their arbitration offers.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Wilson has asked for $4.25 million, while the Predators have filed for $3 million. Wilson had 20 goals and 42 points, both of which were career highs, last season. He earned $2.5 million last season.
Jul 26 - 2:23 PM

Jack Dougherty is expected to play in the Western Hockey League next season.

The 2014 second-round pick of the Predators signed a three-year, entry-level deal Friday. He’ll play with the Portland Winterhawks, according to the Predators. The 19-year-old had nine points with the University of Wisconsin last season.
Jul 25 - 8:41 PM

Now that the Predators have avoided arbitration with Craig Smith, they would also like to do so with Colin Wilson.

"There are similarities with them, so we’ll probably have the same arguments in (the brief)," Poile said of Wilson and Smith. "Having said that, we would certainly like to have conversations this week now that Craig Smith’s contract is settled with Colin Wilson’s agent to see whether there’s a contract that can be done vs. going to arbitration." Wilson's arbitration hearing is set for July 28th.
Jul 25 - 8:36 AM

Jack Dougherty has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators.

Dougherty had two goals and nine points in 33 games with the University of Wisconsin last season. He was selected by Nashville with the 51st overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. We don't expect him to be able to make the leap straight to the Predators' opening game roster.
Jul 24 - 11:04 PM

It sounds like there aren't any hard feelings over the things said in Craig Smith's arbitration hearing.

Smith agreed to a five-year, $21.25 million contract with the Nashville Predators, but that contract was inked after the arbitration hearing, but before the judgment. Typically meeting with an arbitrator is seen as undesirable because it puts the team in a position to criticize the player's abilities in front of said player. On that Smith said, "I'm my worst critic. ... I've probably said worse things (about) myself than what I heard (in) there." Of course, the fact that he made a long-term commitment with the Predators after the hearing is a good indicator that he's still happy with the franchise.
Jul 23 - 8:06 AM

Cody Franson thinks that Boston would be an interesting landing spot for him.

Franson is arguably the most desirable unrestricted free agent left on the market. He says he's been talking to five or six clubs and the Bruins are on that list. Franson had seven goals and 36 points in 78 contests last season.
Jul 22 - 9:52 AM

Cody Franson says there's been a lot of interest in his services despite the fact that nothing's gotten done yet.

Franson thinks this summer's cap crunch has been a contributing factor in him still being an unrestricted free agent and that seems likely. He'll definitely end up with a contract, but he might have to settle for a one-year deal in the hope that next summer's market will be more favorable.
Jul 21 - 9:09 PM

Craig Smith has inked a five-year, $21.25 million contract with the Nashville Predators.

Smith and the Predators were scheduled to have their arbitration hearing today. According to Elliotte Friedman, it sounds like they did have the hearing, but agreed on a long-term deal afterwards rather than wait for the ruling. Smith had 23 goals and 44 points in 82 contests last season.
Jul 20 - 4:00 PM

According to Elliotte Friedman of, there is a $1.75 million difference between what Craig Smith has asked for and what the Predators have offered in arbitration.

Smith is a restricted free agent who will go to an arbitration hearing if an agreement isn’t made by July 20. Friedman says that Smith has requested $4.75 million, while the Predators are offering $3 million. Smith earned $2 million last season, one that saw him record 23 goals and 44 points. The Predators have just $20.5 million in cap space, with two restricted free agents to sign, according to
Jul 18 - 6:35 PM

Calle Jarnkrok has agreed to a one-year, $735,000 deal with the Nashville Predators.

Jarnkrok had seven goals and 18 points in 74 AHL contests with Nashville last season. He was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract.
Jul 17 - 4:07 PM

Taylor Aronson has signed a one-year, two-way deal with Nashville.

Aronson will can earn $605,000 annually if he plays in the NHL or $65,000 annually in the minors. He had three goals and 32 points in 73 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 16 - 5:34 PM

Mike Ribeiro's sexual assault civil lawsuit with his former nanny has been settled out of court.

The terms of the settlement were not made available. "This civil matter has been amicably resolved without incurring further time-consuming and potentially costly litigation," Brian Lauten, who is Ribeiro's attorney, said. "I am unable to discuss any of the elements of this confidential resolution. Mike looks forward to continuing to play hockey at a high level and looks forward to aggressively pursuing a Stanley Cup alongside his teammates. The Ribeiro family will not have any further comments on this matter." He signed a two-year, $7 million contract with Nashville this summer.
Jul 16 - 3:44 PM

Although Matt Cullen is still an unrestricted free agent, there has been interest in him.

"The last little bit, it's kind of picked up a little bit, and there's a few teams now that have expressed some interest," Cullen said. "We're just going through where I would fit salary cap wise and things like that. ... It's been good. I've been thrilled with the fact that there's been a few teams looking to hopefully make a move here." Cullen had seven goals and 25 points in 62 games with Nashville last season. He'll turn 39 in November, but it wouldn't be surprising if he gets offered a one-year deal.
Jul 16 - 10:20 AM

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