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Predators File for Arbitration with Weber

The Predators recently filed for arbitration with Shea Weber the team’s captain. While I know I am a little late on the news, I wanted to get some thoughts in about the situation. While some may see this as a breakdown in negotiations between the two sides, I see it as a brilliant move by Poile to insure Weber will be with the team for at least another year. Poile and Weber have both stated their wishes to sign a long term deal so that Weber can remain a Predator for a long time, and this gives Poile time to do that. The hearings cannot take place until after July 20th, so that gives Poile some extra time and teams cannot make an offer sheet to the Preds trying to poach Weber. ...

Giving Up Already?

When players are drafted in the top 10, a lot is expected of them from the fan base of the team they were drafted by. People are normally impatient; if they don’t see quick results, the player can sometimes be dismissed and overlooked. While Colin Wilson was not be lighting up the NHL, he played well enough for a player getting his first taste of a full season, yet people are already beginning to give up on him. For some that watch from the outside looking in, it may seem as though Predators fans are used to waiting for their prospects to develop into solid NHLers. Most players have to first put a season or two into Milwaukee before they get a chance to crack the NHL roster. T...

Wanted: Offense

When looking at the Predators roster, there is currently one glaring weakness that the team needs to address. Obviously I’m talking about the Predators offense; if Poile can upgrade the Predators bite a little, the team could make a serious bid for the Cup in the coming years. Nashville has always been known for its great goaltending and elite depth on defence, but they have never truly had that scoring touch. While there were years in the past where the team had the offense, they didn’t have the overall depth they have now. I’m going to take a look at some of the options that are available to the Predators this offseason. Here are some of the players that I hope Poile lo...

Who Will Stay and Who Will Go

While obviously the Predators have a huge RFA to resign in Shea Weber, there are also some other players that need to be given a new contract moving forward. Joel Ward (UFA): Joel ward had a mediocre regular season this year, he finished with 29 points in 80 games with 10 goals. Going into the playoffs he had a strong push but Pred fans were already looking at letting him go in the offseason to put the money somewhere else. Than the playoffs began and came the emergence of Ward. He ended the postseason with more than a point a game and in the Vancouver series showed that he could be counted on in the clutch. Now with the off season coming teams may be looking to offer him a heft...

It’s been a fun year

Every year has its ups and downs, extreme highs and lows for every fan and team. Nashville certainly had their fair share of both this year, from looking comfortable to making the playoffs, and then to having to win 14 of their last 20 just to make it in. It was also a year of firsts for this team, with its first series win among the top. The Preds have finally tasted a little success and should look to improve upon this next year. It’s odd when your team’s season is over; it’s almost as if you instantly look forward to the next season to try and cover up that it’s all over. I would like to look back on the best season the Predators have had yet, one where they accom...

Finally!

The Nashville Predators hade franchise history tonight as they beat the Ducks 4-2 in game 6 to win their first ever playoff series. This is a huge accomplishment for a team trying to make the next step and have success beyond the regular season. How good it feels to finally have this happen, with all the troubles during the regular season and past playoff failures it was hard to fully imagine this team going past the first round earlier in the year. This team gave it it’s all, by I truly mean team as only 2 players did not register a point in the series, one being O’Brien and the other Lindback. The Predators showed what a team can do when they run a good system and play as a ...

Getting Out of Hand

While for many viewers the Predators-Ducks series has been one of the most intriguing ones this post-season. Two teams that are essentially polar opposites of each other in terms of strategy and depth facing off to show which one is superior. While I have enjoyed this series and have been an exciting one, I believe that it has gotten way out of hand. There have been both battles on and off the ice for both teams, but it seems that the Ducks have been taking all the first shots. Let’s start with game one, while this game did have lots of intensity, it also showcased what happens when the ducks get frustrated. Corey Perry after the whistle in game one, was standing by Rinne an...

Preds Playoff Preview

The Preds made the Playoffs again this year, and for some reason to a lot of peoples surprise as well. While this team has never dazzled anyone, this may the year that the team has a good run in the playoffs. IN the past years this team has been basically healthy all throughout the year than with about 5 games before the playoffs, they lose a key player to injury. Last year Nashville’s only 30 goal scorer only played 2 games in the playoffs and had those 2 games while not fully healthy either. This year the team has been stricken by injuries, Rinne twice has been injured, Suter, Lombardi has missed the whole season, as well as: O’Reilly, Sullivan, Erat, Legwand, etc. In fact ...

Weekly Predator (March 29th)

The Predators came off a huge week last week continuing their win streak and extending it to 6 games. Tonight they take on the Canucks at the Bridgestone Arena to try to both continue the winning ways and to further cement their place in the top 8. Last week as I mentioned before was a huge week for the Predators as they swept the week with 4 wins in 4 games including key wins over the Ducks and Stars top help create a gap between them and other teams in the West. With the West being as tight as it is I was really impressed with this team, the games they needed to win they won and have chosen the best possible time to find their offense and start a run into the playoffs, as it has...

The Weekly Predator (March 14th/11)

Last week the Predators started turning around their recent slide that sent them falling out of the playoffs by acquiring 5 of 8 points going 2-1-1. With 3 of those games against teams in the hunt for the playoffs that’s not a bad week by any means. This week is going to be a hard week for the Preds as they have to face the Kings, Bruins, Detroit and Buffalo. The first three games are home games for the Predators and should give them a little help against the tougher teams that they will face. The Preds are currently 17-7-7 at home which fairs well for them as their nest 10 of 13 are at home to close out the season. As of late the Preds have had the line of Erat-Legwand-Ward ...