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The Predators will have five representatives in the World Cup of Hockey Tournament.

Defenseman Mattias Ekholm was added to the Swedish roster on Friday. He joins fellow Preds Shea Weber (Canada), defenseman Roman Josi (Europe), forward Filip Forsberg (Sweden) and goaltender Pekka Rinne (Finland) who were previously selected.
May 28 - 11:11 AM

Pekka Rinne is encouraged by his finish to the 2015-16 season.

In his last 20 starts of the year, he posted a 14-3-2 record with a 2.27 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. "It was a lot of ups and downs," Rinne said. "Personally, I wanted to be better during the regular season. I always have high expectations for myself. I thought that it was hard to get consistency going on throughout the season. I feel like I had a lot of good games, but then (an average game would follow) or something like that." He was also happy with his performance in the playoffs, but there were some rough games there as well. Rinne will try to get off to a good start at the World Cup of Hockey to warm up for the 2016-17 regular season.
May 27 - 2:29 PM

Mattias Ekholm will represent Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey.

He just played for Sweden at the World Championship after Nashville was eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He had one goal in two games at the tournament. Ekholm received the spot on the roster over John Klingberg and Hampus Lindholm.
May 27 - 2:08 PM

The Nashville Predators are hoping Colin Wilson will be more well-rounded in 2016-17.

More specifically, Nashville wants Wilson to play in the regular season like he does in the playoffs. In 2015-16 he was limited to just 24 points in 64 regular season games, but during the 2016 postseason he had 13 points in 14 contests. Wilson is certainly aware of the contrast and attributes it to his focus on helping the Predators succeed in the playoffs. The goal then is to think like that throughout the campaign. "When it's just like such a short period, you have to go out there and win," Wilson said. "It's just different than an 82-game schedule. I think you kind of get lost, go into slumps, so I've got to embrace every game, embrace every moment. That mindset has been successful for me, so I'll be trying to do it next year."
May 26 - 9:11 AM

Taylor Aronson has reportedly agreed to join HC Lada of the KHL.

Predators GM David Poile said last week that Aronson was upset that he wasn't called up, so he left the Admirals and the team suspended him. In 64 games with Milwaukee, Aronson recorded four goals and 40 points in 2015-16.
May 23 - 12:25 PM

Ryan Ellis netted the game-winning goal in Canada's 4-3 victory over Team USA in the 2016 World Championship.

Going into this contest, Ellis had an assist in three games at the Worlds. This win pushes Canada into the Gold Medal Game against Finland. Team USA will now compete with Russia for the Bronze Medal.
May 21 - 3:43 PM

The Predators want more from Mike Ribeiro next season.

"Mike really needs to have the summer of his life to regain his position back on the top two lines," GM David Poile said. Ribeiro struggled in the postseason, so the team wants to see him improve his conditioning. He put up 50 points during the 2015-16 campaign and he has one season left on his contract.
May 18 - 5:24 PM

Calle Jarnkrok will be a restricted free agent this off-season.

A new deal is considered to be a priority for the Predators after he produced 30 points, including 16 goals, in 81 games last season.
May 18 - 5:21 PM

Nashville will try to part ways with Eric Nystrom this off-season.

That could come in the form of a trade, but a buyout is probably the more likely scenario. He has one more season left on his contract. Nystrom had seven goals and no assists in 46 games with Nashville during the 2015-16 season.
May 18 - 11:58 AM

Paul Gaustad won't be back with the Predators next year.

It was expected that he would be permitted to walk as an unrestricted free agent and that will be the case. Gaustad won't provide much offense, but he can kill penalties and win faceoffs.
May 18 - 11:55 AM

Predators GM David Poile intends to talk to potential unrestricted free agent Carter Hutton.

"We're going to see if we can work something out there," he said. Hutton posted a 7-5-4 record in 2015-16 to go with a 2.33 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage and two shutouts. If he leaves then the Predators will have to find a new understudy for Pekka Rinne.
May 18 - 11:47 AM

Eric Nystrom has a chance of being bought out by the Predators.

He has one year remaining on his contract and he is owned $3 million. Nystrom's $2.5 million cap hit would save Nashville $2 million, according to generalfanager.com, and it would allow the team to fill his roster spot with younger talent within the organization.
May 17 - 1:45 PM

Mike Ribeiro has one year remaining on his contract and it will probably be his last with the Predators.

He could be a buyout consideration for the Predators this off-season, but that is unlikely to happen because his offense would be difficult to replace. Ribeiro, Filip Forsberg and James Neal were the only forwards on the team to surpass 50 points. Still, Ribeiro struggled mightily in the playoffs and ended up as a healthy scratch in Games 3 and 4 in Round 2 versus San Jose, so his days in Nashville might be numbered.
May 17 - 1:40 PM

Paul Gaustad may not be back with the Predators next season.

He is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer and Nashville could decide to replace him with a younger option from within the organization. Gaustad had six points in 63 games along with a 55.3 winning percentage on 772 faceoffs in 2015-16.
May 16 - 5:57 PM

Filip Forsberg will be a restricted free agent in July.

He is expected to get a massive raise after completing his entry-level contract. Forsberg led the Predators in scoring with 33 goals and 64 points in 82 games. He heated up in the second half of the year, where he produced 19 markers and 34 points in the last 32 contests of the regular season.
May 16 - 5:52 PM


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