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On the Forecheck Jul 21, 2019
Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Depth Dive

Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Depth Dive

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports We take a closer look at some things that happened Friday, since not much happened yesterday. Nashville Predators News & Notes [tumbleweeds whistle past, faint banjo music is heard on the lone prairie] Other News & Notes Key defensemen enter contract years, possible free agency | ProHockeyTalkA familiar name and a familiar expiring $4M deal feature prominently in this article. Nick Suzuki the latest talented addition to Canadiens' revamped centre depth | Sportsnet.caThe Canadiens having center depth is still the weirdest thing. It seems like just...
On the Forecheck Jul 20, 2019
Saturday’s Dump & Chase: Conditional Comedy

Saturday’s Dump & Chase: Conditional Comedy

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports Trades, signings, events! It’s almost like it’s not the middle of the summer, except that it definitely still is. Nashville Predators News & Notes Little Skates, Big Hustle: Nashville Predators’ Youth Hockey Initiatives | On the ForecheckAnn brings us up to date on some of the work the possible future draft picks of the next decade or two are up to right now. Other News & Notes Flames, Oilers hoping problem wingers can rekindle lost form | Sportsnet.caThe conditional pick in the trade of James Neal for Milan Lucic is hilarious. The Flames will get a...
On the Forecheck Jul 19, 2019
Little Skates, Big Hustle

Little Skates, Big Hustle

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports The Predators are investing in the future of Southern hockey. While the professional hockey players enjoy a little rest and recovery, some possible future stars hit the ice at the Nashville Predators Youth Hockey School. From beginners to more experienced travel hockey players, youth ages 6-14 descended on Ford Ice Center these last two weeks. At the annual Youth Hockey School, students receive both on and off ice instruction from the Predators Youth Hockey Development team, local hockey coaches, and some Predators alums, players, and prospects. I was...
The Hockey Writers Jul 19, 2019

Predators’ Unsung Heroes Who Will Be Key to Success

The Nashville Predators have tweaked their team yet again, adding another all-star, most recently Matt Duchene. The Predators have moved from bargain shoppers to big-time spenders to ensure they have superstars on their roster. They traded for Ryan Johansen and then gave him a big pay day to stay. They parted with their beloved captain […] The post Predators’ Unsung Heroes Who Will Be Key to Success appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
On the Forecheck Jul 19, 2019
Friday’s Dump & Chase: No Punch Lines

Friday’s Dump & Chase: No Punch Lines

Photo by Katharine Lotze/ One of the bright spots for me this summer is the non-return of Cody McLeod won’t be back. Nashville Predators News Road to Y2K: Grading the Nashville Predators’ 1999 offseason | On the Forecheck1999, I was in college and the Predators were coming into their first offseason. Nick takes a look at how their moves panned out. Nashville Predators Lineup Tool: Build Your Starting Lineup! | On the ForecheckThis already awesome tool has been tweaked a bit since the initial release. Come check out the incredible work by @projpatsummitt and set your ideal...
On the Forecheck Jul 18, 2019
Road to Y2K: Grading the Predators’ 1999 offseason

Road to Y2K: Grading the Predators’ 1999 offseason

Photo by John Russell/ While we were rocking out to music from Napster, these guys were repping Music City on the ice. Because nostalgia is the “it” thing right now, this summer, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the off-seasons from the Predators’ past. If you missed our 1998 breakdown, you can catch up on the inaugural season here. [Lou Bega voice] A little bit of Timonen in my life.A little bit of Yachmenev by my side.A little bit of Ronning’s all I need.A little bit of Krivo’s what I see. Good ol’ 1999. Y2K was about to destroy us all, TLC took a group vote and...
On the Forecheck Jul 18, 2019
Thursday’s Dump & Chase: The Wait

Thursday’s Dump & Chase: The Wait

Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Are the Preds going to make any more moves this off-season? Are they going to have arbitration hearings with Grimaldi and Sissons? ARE THEY GOING TO DO ANYTHING? Sadly, all we can do now is wait. Nashville Predators News & Notes Predators’ new jumbotron will be ready for first preseason game | News Channel 5The screen size is increasing by a whopping 292%, and hey! The first preseason game is only 76 days away. Team Reset: Predators improve center depth with Duchene signing | NHL.comYet another look at how the Predators improved (or didn’t) so far...
On the Forecheck Jul 17, 2019
Predators Lineup Tool: Build Your Starting Lineup!

Predators Lineup Tool: Build Your Starting Lineup!

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports Can you do better? Pick players, chew gum and set your roster! We at On The Forecheck want to know what you think the Predators’ lineup for 2019-2020 should be! Using the tool below, you can set the forwards and defenders, with three-year statistics to help you decide (all are rates, e.g. goals/60 min) all at even strength. When you're finished, select the download button at the bottom, pick "image" and post your preferred lineup in the comments! Tip: I have formatted the tool for use on mobile, but it saves as a very long image—you can switch...
On the Forecheck Jul 17, 2019
Preds Pets: The offseason is going to the dogs

Preds Pets: The offseason is going to the dogs

Photo by Frederick Breedon/ Summer isn’t ruff when you can keep up with the Preds’ pups It’s the middle of July, offseason content is getting ruff and I’m in a hairy situation—you’re right, these are all terrible dog puns, but heel... I mean, stick with me, y’all. It’s been a little more than two weeks since Matt Duchene signed with the Preds, bringing with him his wife Ashley and young son Beau. However, Duchene isn’t the only guy in the family who got a new team. While Music City is already showing Duchene love in the form of a meet and greet with country singer...
On the Forecheck Jul 17, 2019
Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Too Much Time On Our Hands

Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Too Much Time On Our Hands

Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via At least we have apps that will age us to pass the time. Hockey News & Rants Nashville Predators Prospect Entry-Level Expectations: Hardy Häman Aktell | On the ForecheckEric is taking a look at where the Preds’ prospects stand and what the expectations are before their negotiating rights expire. Predators make big bet current group can win Stanley Cup | Yahoo SportsWhile it’s too early to tell if the moves the Preds have made this summer will pay off, I’m willing to bet they do. It may not be an overnight turn around, but anything is better than...
On the Forecheck Jul 16, 2019
Entry-Level Expectations, Part II: Hardy Häman Aktell

Entry-Level Expectations, Part II: Hardy Häman Aktell

The elusive defender has encountered some unfortunate circumstances since the 2016 Draft. With a new season upon us, there is a new class of Predators prospects whose exclusive negotiating rights with the team expire at the end of the year. I am doing a four-part installment assessing the likelihood of these players receiving entry-level contracts. If you missed the first installment on Vladislav Yeryomenko, you can read that here. Next up is defender Hardy Häman Aktell. What’s New Since Draft Day? Taken in round four of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Häman Aktell has endured a bumpy road...
On the Forecheck Jul 16, 2019
Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: No News Is...No News

Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: No News Is...No News

Things are really slowing down in the hockey news department. We are coming up on the dead zone of August for sure. Smashville News: Preds Guess Who? Matt Irwin | NHL.comThis game would be much more interesting if they prohibited questions like "Is he a player?" etc. Not sure if we'll see any more of these or not. Here is a throwback to New Year’s to brighten your Tuesday. View this post on Instagram Happy New Year everyone! We hope everyone’s 2019 is filled with endless treats and naps A post shared by Doug & Dozer (@doug_and_dozer) on Dec 31, 2018...
Last Word on Hockey Jul 15, 2019
Nashville Predators Need to Get Roman Josi Deal Done

Nashville Predators Need to Get Roman Josi Deal Done

The Nashville Predators have gotten some of the best years of Roman Josi’s career at a bargain rate. General manager David Poile was able to sign the Swiss defenceman early in his career for $4 million and seven years starting with the 2013-14 season.  Josi has been the quiet leader on the club and one of the best blue-liners that no one talks about. He was one of the first defenders in team history that could provide goals for the back end. The 29-year-old nearly has 100 goals on defence for the Predators.   He was the first Nashville defenceman to really start counterattacks with his...
On the Forecheck Jul 14, 2019
Sunday’s Dump & Chase: The Signed and the Unsigned

Sunday’s Dump & Chase: The Signed and the Unsigned

Some players are signing deals, some are still waiting, and the arbitration date approaches. Nashville Predators News & Notes Preds Official Podcast: A Lesson on RFAs and the Arbitration Process | NHL.comArbitration discussion, a Pete Weber interview, and...more Matt Duchene talk. Other News & Notes Why Bryan Hicks was chosen to lead the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association | ESPNSome background on how Bryan Hicks, a referee, ended up in a leadership role with the PWHPA. The anecdote about people--not even just one person!--asking him whether he'd work hard and professionally...
On the Forecheck Jul 13, 2019
Saturday’s Dump & Chase: Summer Doldrums

Saturday’s Dump & Chase: Summer Doldrums

The news is slow, the ice is sloshy, and the weather is bad. Nashville Predators News & Notes Duchene Loves Nashville, But Knows He's Here to Help Preds Win | NHL.comWait, really? I thought he was here to invest in a pedal tavern business and kick off a country music career! You mean he was signed to play hockey? Photos: Best of Roman Josi in 2018-19 | NHL.comWe've been slacking on the handsome/60 coverage at On the Forecheck recently. As managing editor, I take full responsibility for this shortcoming. Other News & Notes Nana and Nachi Fujimoto bring Japan to Färjestad BK | The Ice...

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