NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NHL could not have planned this any better.
The Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars are due to meet in the next Winter Classic but first the two Central Division...
The Calgary Flames are the new players in the Western Conference playoffs, a field stacked with Stanley Cup-contending teams such as the San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets and...
Predators add Granlund, Simmonds to roster at trade deadline
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — David Poile insisted he would have been just fine if adding Brian Boyle earlier this month was Nashville's final deal this season.
Predators need help beyond top line after 3-game skid
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators' sizzling 13-3 start to the season is a distant memory. The defending Presidents Trophy winners have lost three straight and seven of the last 11 on their home ice called Smashville.
Part of the problem is only the top line is scoring with any regularity.
Predators make 2 trades to add Boyle, bring back McLeod
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have made a pair of trades, adding size and toughness trying in an attempt to fill the void created by the absence of a trio of players.
Former referee Paul Stewart wants women officiating in NHL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Paul Stewart has a very big goal for the next stage of his already lengthy hockey career, and that's helping women follow in his footsteps by officiating in the NHL.
Predators sign goalie Rinne to 2-year, $10 million extension
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators signed goaltender Pekka Rinne to a two-year contract extension worth $10 million, keeping the Vezina Trophy winner under contract through 2020-21.
General manager David Poile announced the extension Saturday, on Rinne's 36th birthday, a couple hours before the Predators host the Boston Bruins. The Vezina Trophy winner in June, in his fourth time as a finalist, will earn $6 million in 2019-20 and $4 million in 2020-21.
Jets, Preds, Knights and Sharks among teams to beat in West
A team from the West has not won the Stanley Cup the previous three seasons, the conference's longest drought in the 13-year salary cap era.
Predators: Support Watson while fighting domestic violence
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators started training camp explaining why they're keeping a player after the NHL suspended forward Austin Watson for the entire preseason and the first 27 games of the regular season for domestic abuse.
Predators president Sean Henry and general manager David Poile made the move sound more like a family affair than a business decision Thursday.
Predators’ Ryan Ellis signs 8-year, $50 million contract
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis has signed an eight-year deal worth $50 million that keeps under contract through the 2026-27 season.
The 27-year-old Ellis will earn $6.25 million annually starting in 2019-20. He has one year remaining on the five-year, $12.5 million contract he signed on Oct. 5, 2014.
Predators GM Poile tops US Hockey Hall of Fame class
David Poile will be honored this winter for a lifetime in hockey. He believes he still has plenty left to do.
The Nashville Predators general manager is the headliner for the 2018 class of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Former University of Michigan coach Red Berenson, three-time Olympic medalist Natalie Darwitz, retired NHL referee Paul Stewart, Poile and the late Leland "Hago" Harrington will be inducted on Dec. 12 at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.
Predators sign forward Ryan Hartman to one-year deal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed restricted free-agent forward Ryan Hartman to a one-year contract worth $875,000.
Predators general manager David Poile announced the deal Monday.
The Predators acquired Hartman in a Feb. 26 trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. Hartman had a combined 11 goals and 20 assists in 78 regular-season games with the Blackhawks and Predators in 2017-18.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Colin Blackwell to a two-year, two-way contract.
Predators general manager David Poile announced the agreement Tuesday.
Blackwell will make $650,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the American Hockey League in 2018-19. He will get $700,000 in the NHL and $100,000 in the AHL in 2019-20.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Zac Rinaldo to a one-year, two-way contract.
Predators general manager David Poile announced the signing Monday. Rinaldo's contract will be worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $300,000 when he's in the American Hockey League.
Predators select Taylor to coach their AHL affiliate
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have named Karl Taylor the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals, their American Hockey League affiliate.
The 47-year-old Taylor spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the AHL's Texas Stars. Taylor's teams made the playoffs in three of his four seasons and reached the Calder Cup finals last season before losing to the Toronto Marlies in seven games.
DULLES, Va. (AP) — Barry Trotz thought of mentors and friends Jack Button, Tommy Ebright, David Poile and Wayne Fleming when he lifted the Stanley Cup over his head.
The Washington coach didn't think about his future, the same approach he has taken all season and playoffs.
"I wasn't getting consumed with what was said, what my future holds, whatever," Trotz said. "I'm in a pretty good spot."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have promoted Jeff Kealty and Brian Poile to assistant general manager positions following the departure of Paul Fenton.
Fenton had been the Predators' assistant general manager before the Minnesota Wild hired him as general manager on Monday.
Paul Fenton was hired as general manager of the Minnesota Wild on Monday, after 20 seasons in the front office with the division rival Nashville Predators.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Predators coach Peter Laviolette's biggest challenge adding Finnish scoring whiz Eeli Tolvanen has been finding a spot for the teenager in his lineup.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators already sit atop the NHL standings, and now they've added another offensive boost before the playoffs.
Len Bias, Peter Bondra among Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018
The late University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, longtime NBA player Grant Hill and Washington Capitals winger Peter Bondra were named to the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 on Tuesday.
The class of 10 inductees will be honored May 6 at Nationals Park prior to a Washington Nationals game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Bill Zito has been selected as the general manager for the United States men's national hockey team.
Zito is assistant general manager for the Columbus Blue Jackets. USA Hockey announced the appointment Friday, a little over a month before the world hockey championships
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Watson scored a short-handed goal late in the second period and the Nashville Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Thursday night to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 10 games.
The Predators also matched Colorado for the longest winning streak in the NHL this season. The victory kept Nashville's edge at six points ahead of Winnipeg and Vegas for the Western Conference lead.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators waited a week to honor David Poile as the general manager with the most victories in the 100-year history of the NHL, throwing a big celebration before a home game Thursday night.
Among those in attendance were Rod Langway, Poile's first captain after being hired as general manager of the Washington Capitals in 1982, and Tom Fitzgerald, Poile's first captain with the then-expansion Predators in 1998.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — David Poile now has the most wins in NHL history as a general manager.
Viktor Arvidsson scored a pair of goals as Poile's Western Conference-leading Nashville Predators rallied for a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. The victory was the 1,320th in Poile's career, surpassing Glen Sather, the front-office leader for the Oilers' dynasty of the 1980s who later took over the New York Rangers in 2000.
Predators trade for forward Ryan Hartman
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators continued to bolster their forward depth as they acquired Ryan Hartman from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday before the NHL's trade deadline.
The Predators acquired Hartman and a fifth-round pick from Chicago for forward Victor Ejdsell, a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick.
Turris gives Predators center depth to match anyone in NHL
As impressive as it was that the Nashville Predators reached the Stanley Cup Final last spring without their top two centers, it was still a glaring need.
Losing to Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins last June showed the Predators the shallowest part of their lineup.
Predators name defenseman Roman Josi as 8th captain all-time
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — General manager David Poile and coach Peter Laviolette noticed how the Predators picked defenseman Roman Josi to drive a sword into the field before the NFL's Tennessee Titans' home opener with the NHL team serving an honorary role pregame.
Seeing what Josi's teammates decided made selecting the Predators' eighth captain in franchise history that much easier.
Vernon Fiddler announces retirement after 877 games in NHL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Forward Vernon Fiddler is retiring from the NHL after playing 877 games over 14 seasons in the league with four different teams.
Fiddler announced his decision Wednesday in a story for The Players Tribune .
Nashville’s Ryan Ellis out 4-6 months after knee surgery
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis will need a full six months to recover from offseason knee surgery, and general manager David Poile says they don't expect him back until possibly 2018.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — General manager David Poile has made it clear he's been looking for a top center since first hired to build the Nashville Predators 20 years ago.
He believes he has just that in Ryan Johansen, and that's why the Predators rewarded the 24-year-old center Friday with an eight-year, $64 million contract. It's the biggest deal the franchise has ever handed out.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are making sure they keep Viktor Arvidsson around, re-signing the forward who made the second-biggest scoring jump in the NHL with a seven-year deal worth $29.75 million.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley has repeatedly said he wants to win the Stanley Cup within the first six years of his new team's existence.
After Vegas came away with a jackpot from the expansion draft, Foley's franchise goalie is even bolder.
"Let's do it earlier," Marc-Andre Fleury said Thursday. "Why wait six years? I don't know where I'll be in six years. Right away our goal has to be to get good, to improve and to go out there."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — General manager David Poile believes the Nashville Predators wiped away two lingering notions with their run to the franchise's first Stanley Cup Final.
The mantle as an expansion team? Ditched forever 20 years after the NHL granted Nashville a franchise.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — David Poile thought he could squeeze in a quick day off after the exhilarating run by the Nashville Predators to their first Stanley Cup Final.
At least 200 texts and emails congratulating him on the Western Conference title greeted him. Then Predators' only general manager had to deal with logistics, tickets, hotel rooms and talk with league officials to prepare them for the Stanley Cup Final starting Monday night in Pittsburgh.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Filip Forsberg is having quite the spring for the Nashville Predators, setting franchise records with his eight goals and 15 points. He's tied the team mark with at least a point in seven straight games.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have confirmed center Ryan Johansen needed emergency surgery because of an acute compartment syndrome in his left thigh.
General manager David Poile detailed Johansen's condition in a statement Sunday, two days after Nashville announced the top scorer's season had been ended by a thigh injury after Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. Poile said rapid diagnosis and treatment was critical to prevent complications.
NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Chiarelli of the Edmonton Oilers, Pierre Dorion of the Ottawa Senators and David Poile of the Nashville Predators are the finalists for the NHL general manager of the year award.
The NHL announced the finalists Tuesday night.
Chiarelli, a first-time finalist, guided the Oilers as they turned in their first 100-point season since 1986-87, a 33-point jump from last season, with a handful of trades.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Victor Ejdsell to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Predators general manager David Poile announced the signing Monday.
Ejdsell had 25 goals and 37 assists this season in HockeyAllsvenskan, the Swedish second league. His 57 points led the league.
Draft and develop is the most common way to win in the salary-cap NHL, and with eight of the past 11 playoff MVPs being homegrown, that hasn't changed.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Predators stunned the NHL not once, but twice in 2016 by trading away a top defenseman. Ryan Johansen is the big center landed with Nashville's first big trade, a move almost forgotten in all the wake of the deal that brought P.K. Subban to Music City.
With Nashville waiting for either Anaheim and Edmonton in the Western Conference finals, the deal for Johansen is looking like one of general manager David Poile's more masterful swaps.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three years ago, general manager David Poile let the only coach the Predators had ever known in Barry Trotz leave and hired Peter Laviolette to inject more offense into the Nashville lineup.
The payoff is coming with the NHL's best start this postseason.
The Predators are 7-1 and the only undefeated team on home ice. They have gotten goals from a league-best 13 players, and they're spreading the wealth around with seven players scoring game-winning goals.
Predators’ Fiala out of playoffs after breaking leg
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Kevin Fiala broke his left leg during Game 1 against St. Louis and is recovering from surgery to repair his femur, the team said Thursday.
The 20-year-old Fiala was hit by Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and went hard into the boards behind the St. Louis net at 1:46 of the second period Wednesday night. His injury led to a 17-minute delay while Fiala received medical attention. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher to the hospital.
Predators GM David Poile optimistic P.K. Subban returns soon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A day after placing defenseman P.K. Subban on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile is hopeful the former Norris Trophy winner's stay on IR is brief.
"I think his timeframe is going to be a good one," Poile said Monday. "I've got my fingers crossed on that."
Predators extend coach Laviolette’s deal through 2020-2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have extended coach Peter Laviolette's contract through the 2020-2021 season.
General manager David Poile announced the extension Saturday.
Laviolette is going into his third season with Nashville. He is 23 victories away from 500, which only 23 coaches have reached in the NHL. Laviolette also needs 77 games to reach 1,000 games coached.
Predators sign Girard to three-year, entry-level contract
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Samuel Girard to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Predators general manager David Poile announced the signing Wednesday.
Girard, 18, has spent the last two seasons with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Shawinigan Cataractes. He had 10 goals and 64 assists during the 2015-16 seasons.
Predators name Mike Fisher 7th captain in franchise history
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have named forward Mike Fisher as the seventh captain in franchise history, replacing Shea Weber who was traded to Montreal in July for P.K. Subban in a stunning move.
General manager David Poile said Thursday that Fisher easily could have been captain many times in his career.