PREDATORS TO SHOP ONE OF THEIR SECOND ROUND PICKS?
THE TENNESSEAN: John Glennon reports Nashville Predators GM David Poile will probably hang onto his first round pick (seventh overall) to draft a defensive prospect. However, Poile may be willing to move one or more of his three second round picks to move up higher in the first or second round. Poile believes his chances to trade up in the first round are "remote" and given the depth of this year's draft, feels confident he'll land a quality player with the seventh overall selection.
Spector's Note: My thanks to "Word". As Poile noted, the depth in this year's draft does indeed mean those sitting in the top ten are bound to get a good selection this year. Personally, the only teams I foresee moving their picks are the teams with the first three selections, Florida, Carolina and Pittsburgh
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SUTER TO COME OUT OF RETIREMENT TO PLAY WITH HIS NEPHEW?
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen reports members of the Suter family are discussing the possibility of defenceman Gary Suter coming out of retirement to play with his nephew, Ryan, who was the Nashville Predators first round pick in this year's draft. GM David Poile believed it would be an "interesting situation to explore". Allen notes the sticking point would be if Gary would take less than the $3 mil per season he made prior to retirement with the San Jose Sharks.
Spector's Note: My thanks to Todd Howell. It wouldn't be the first time a retired veteran player came back to play with a relative. Gordie Howe did it in the 1970s to fulfill his dream of playing with his sons. Still, I'll believe it when I see it.
Nashville Predators: The Nashville Predators signed leading scorer Andreas Johansson and made qualifying offers to eight other players Monday night.
Johansson's signing came just hours before a midnight EDT deadline for qualifying offers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 30-year-old forward had 20 goals and 17 assists in 56 games last season.
Qualifying offers were made to Denis Arkhipov, Scott Hartnell, Petr Hubacek, David Legwand, Curtis Murphy, Alexander Riazantsev, Robert Schnabel and Kimmo Timonen.
The Predators have not made a qualifying offer to forward Rem Murray, but the team is in negotiations to re-sign the forward. Murray, who was acquired in a midseason trade with the New York Rangers, had 12 goals and 19 assists.
The team also bought out the final year of Oleg Petrov's contract, making him an unrestricted free agent. Petrov was another player acquired in a midseason trade, coming from the Montreal Canadiens.
Nashville declined to make qualifying offers to 14 players, making them unrestricted free agents. They were Erik Anderson, Jason Beckett, Cale Hulse, Bryan Lundbohm, Cameron Mann, Denis Pederson, Domenic Pittis, Todd Warriner, Clarke Wilm, Vitali Yachmenev, Wade Flaherty, Brent Gilchrist, Bill Houlder and Reid Simpson.
"There are financial implications with these moves -- younger players generally cost less than older players," Predators general manager David Poile said. "In many cases of the players who we have not made qualifying offers to, the price is simply too high.
"That being said, our core is intact. As this team improves, it will be mostly due to talented young players who makes up that nucleus.''
Just hours before Monday night's free agency deadline, the team signed leading scorer Andreas Johansson and made qualifying offers to eight other players while failing to tender offers to 14 others.
"There are financial implications with these moves -- younger players generally cost less than older players," general manager David Poile said. "In many cases of the players who we have not made qualifying offers to, the price is simply too high." http://espn.go.com
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) - The Nashville Predators on Thursday agreed to terms with right wing Scott Hartnell, who played in all 82 games last season. Entering his fourth campaign, Hartnell, 21, recorded 12 goals and 22 assists last season. He led the Predators in shots (221) and ranked second in penalty minutes (101). Hartnell has played in at least 75 games in each of his first three seasons, recording 28 goals and 91 assists in 232 contests. Hartnell was Nashville's first-round pick - sixth overall - in the 2000 draft.
Hartnell wird nächste Saison LEIDEN müssen...harharhar... Der wird nicht unbeschadet aus dem Game gegen die Wings kommen...
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Nashville, Tenn. (July 17, 2003) - Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed restricted free-agent forward Denis Arkhipov (DIHN-ihs AHR-khi-pahv), restricted free-agent defenseman Robert Schnabel (SHNAH-buhl), unrestricted free-agent defenseman Ray Schultz (SHUHLTZ) and unrestricted free-agent goaltender Wade Flaherty (FLAY-uhr-tee). In keeping with club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. Arkhipov, 24 (5/19/79), notched 35 points (11g-24a) in 79 games for Nashville this past season, his third NHL campaign. The 6-3, 210-pound center established a career-high in assists (24) and posted his first career two-goal game on February 20, 2003 against Calgary. The Kazan, Russia native led Nashville in goals (20), game-winning goals (six) and shooting percentage (16.9%) in 2001-02. In 201 career NHL games, Arkhipov has recorded 37 goals and 53 assists (37g-53a-90pts). He was originally Nashville's second choice (third round, 60th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Schnabel, 24 (11/10/78), played in one game with Nashville in 2002-03 and appeared in 62 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League. The 6-5, 233-pound blueliner notched nine points (2g-7a) and led the Admirals with 178 penalty minutes. The Prague, Czech Republic native was claimed on waivers by Nashville from the Phoenix Coyotes on January 2, 2001. Schultz, 26 (11/14/76), notched four assists and 155 penalty minutes in 45 NHL games with the New York Islanders over the past six seasons. Last season, the 6-2, 200-pound veteran tallied 10 points and 105 penalty minutes in 51 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL, and also posted 28 penalty minutes in four games with the Islanders. The Red Deer, Alta. native was originally selected by the Ottawa Senators in the eighth round (184th overall) of the 1995 Entry Draft. Flaherty, 35 (1/11/68), played in one game for Nashville in 2002-03 after being acquired from Florida on March 9, 2003 for Pascal Trepanier. The 6-0, 170-pound veteran has posted a record of 27-56-9 with a 3.51 goals-against average in 120 NHL games over the past 12 seasons with San Jose, the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay, Florida and Nashville. The Terrace, British Columbia native spent the majority of the 2002-03 season with Florida's AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, recording a mark of 11-13-5 with a 2.88 GAA and a .914 save percentage in 30 appearances.
Nashville, Tenn. (nashvillepredators.com) -- Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Jim McKenzie. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. McKenzie, 33 (11/3/69), posted a career-high 12 points (4g-8a-12pts) and 88 penalty minutes in a career-high 76 regular-season games and 14 penalty minutes in 13 playoff contests for the 2003 Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils. The 6-4, 230-pound left winger, originally from Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, has posted 47 goals, 49 assists (47g-49a-96pts) and 1,651 penalty minutes in 819 NHL games over the past 14 NHL seasons with Hartford, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Winnipeg/Phoenix, Anaheim, Washington and New Jersey. He has competed in ten consecutive NHL post-seasons and has played in 60-or-more games in seven of the last eight seasons.
"With this signing, the Nashville Predators have added a physical presence on the ice and a veteran leader to the locker room," said Poile. "Jim McKenzie is an established pro who will fit in well with our leadership corps and he immediately makes us a bigger and tougher team." In his third season with the Devils, McKenzie led the club with 14 major penalties and he ranked third on the team in total penalty minutes (88). He has hit the 200-penalty-minute mark three times during his NHL career and has compiled 100-or-more penalty minutes eight times.
McKenzie was originally Hartfords third choice, 73rd overall, in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.
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Tootoo makes the final cut in Nashville Canadian Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CP) - Jordin Tootoo of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, has been named to the Nashville Predators' roster and can become the first player of Inuit descent to play in a National Hockey League game on Thursday when the Predators open the season against Anaheim.
The 20-year-old winger was told by the Predators' coaching staff Monday that he had earned one of 13 roster spots at the forward position.
The five-foot-nine, 195-pound Tootoo scored his first NHL pre-season goals on Friday and Saturday, but had already earned his team's approval by throwing his trademark powerful checks and drawing penalties.
He was a fourth-round draft pick, 98th overall, of the Predators in 2001.
Tootoo was a fan favourite in Halifax at the 2003 world junior hockey championship because of his barely-controlled style of play and his unique background.