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Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Biding Time

Sunday’s Dump & Chase: Biding Time

In which Scott Hartnell wants another crack at an NHL roster, Tomas Plekanec longs for Montreal, and hey! The Stanley Cup Final starts tomorrow. Nashville Predators News & Notes Fisher, Josi, Subban, Ekholm Say "Thank You" to Smashville | Nashville PredatorsWith the offseason underway, a few who call Smashville home decided to say "thank you." Thank you Smashville and Switzerland for all the support this year and the past couple weeks! You guys are amazing! A post shared by Roman Josi (@rjosi90) on May 24, 2018 at 8:31am PDT Crazy couple months to finish this season. First...
On the Forecheck May 26, 2018
Saturday’s Dump & Chase: In the Dumps

Saturday’s Dump & Chase: In the Dumps

I’d rather be posting awesome Stanley Cup previews featuring the Predators, but instead, it’s all trade rumors and vacation pictures. Nashville Predators News Predators’ Prospects Breakdown: The Summer Ahead - Wingers - On the ForecheckEven most casual fans of the Nashville Predators know that the results of GM David Poile's wizardry left the developmental teams a little short-handed. Eric Dunay takes a great and informative look at how things look down the line on the Wing for the organization next year. 2017-18 Player Reviews: Alexei Emelin - On the ForecheckKate R spent the...
On the Forecheck May 25, 2018
Predators’ Prospects Breakdown: The Summer Ahead - Wingers

Predators’ Prospects Breakdown: The Summer Ahead - Wingers

The first installment in a position-by-position audit of the organizational pipeline. Today is the first installment of a wholesale look at the Predators’ organizational pipeline. This is a position-by-position analysis based on what this summer will hold and what the future will dictate. This piece is coming for a few reasons, but mostly because I get a lot of questions about if the pipeline is too thin at certain positions, what moves are there to be made for players outside of the organization, and what players are getting close to making the roster. With all this to consider, I...
On the Forecheck May 25, 2018
2017-18 Player Reviews: Alexei Emelin

2017-18 Player Reviews: Alexei Emelin

Emelin was acquired this offseason to replace Ryan Ellis. How did he do? David Poile might have traded for Alexei Emelin to replace Ryan Ellis until Ellis returned from offseason surgery, or he might have traded for Alexei Emelin because he’s determined to acquire the complete set of 2011-13 Canadiens defensemen. Either way, last summer George McPhee got next year’s third-round pick, and Poile got Emelin. Somewhat oddly, the Golden Knights retained salary on Emelin, who is a UFA this summer. With Ellis back, Matt Irwin and Yannick Weber extended, and several young defensemen in...
On the Forecheck May 25, 2018
Friday's Dump & Chase: The Long Weekend

Friday's Dump & Chase: The Long Weekend

Monday is Memorial Day. but more importantly, it's three entire days until there's more hockey. This is what the summer is like, folks. Brace yourselves. Predators' restricted free agents: How much should Juuse Saros, Ryan Hartman, Miikka Salomaki cost?These are all small decisions Poile needs to make, but they're important ones. 2017-18 Player Reviews: Ryan Ellis - On the ForecheckNick assessed the diminutive defender yesterday. How would you grade his partial season? Meanwhile, Fil is living the good life. Tbt till VM-guld, bakfylla och MAX A post shared by Jennifer Persson...
On the Forecheck May 24, 2018
2017-18 Player Reviews: Ryan Ellis

2017-18 Player Reviews: Ryan Ellis

Let’s look at what 2019 free agent Ryan Ellis did during his shortened season. Season Overview Ellis’ offseason knee surgery sidelined him for the 2017 portion of this season, limiting him to 44 games over the course of the regular season. Once again, Ellis spent a majority of his time with his typical Horsemen lefty linemate Roman Josi this season. He also spent significant minutes with the other left-handed defensman Mattias Ekholm for games where Peter Laviolette felt like throwing the normal lines into the blender. In 44 games, Ellis totaled 32 points, including 9...
On the Forecheck May 24, 2018
Thursday’s Dump and Chase: The Hot Lap

Thursday’s Dump and Chase: The Hot Lap

Many congratulations to Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals in their Eastern Conference Final Win. They punched their ticket to Vegas last night. Well, folks. The Stanley Cup Final is set. Washington vs. Vegas. Nashville Predators News and Notes Forsberg Talks World Championship Gold, Wants Same Feeling in NashvilleThe best part of this article is the mention of IKEA and Forsberg's pals assembling furniture in his new Swedish home. I wonder if Fil is handy with tools? A 2017-18 Nashville Predators Autopsy: What Didn’t Work - On the ForecheckAlex reviews some things that weren't so...
On the Forecheck May 23, 2018
2017-18 Player Reviews: Mattias Ekholm

2017-18 Player Reviews: Mattias Ekholm

Solid - Steady - Consistent Summary At this point of his career, we know what we are going to get from Mattias Ekholm. He’s solid, steady and consistent. He just completed his fifth full season in the league and finished one point shy of his career high in points with 34. A total in the low 30’s is a good productive season for Ekholm in the points department. He’s not looked at as a guy who needs to score points to be relevant. He’s a rock steady defender who’s calming influence on the back-end allows others like P.K. Subban or Ryan Ellis to play more of a free flowing game. For...
On the Forecheck May 23, 2018
A 2017-18 Nashville Predators Autopsy: What Didn’t Work

A 2017-18 Nashville Predators Autopsy: What Didn’t Work

Time to pay our debts. Last week, we visited the “things that worked” this season for the Nashville Predators. There were a lot of them! You can read about them here. It’s true, the Predators had unprecedented success this season, including their first ever Presidents’ Trophy win, but this team was not without its flaws. Here’s what didn’t work for the 2017-18 Preds. The Return of Mike Fisher I’ll start with probably the most unpopular take in this post. I’m not sure what most fans were expecting when the team announced that Mike Fisher was returning from retirement to...
On the Forecheck May 23, 2018
Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Down Time

Wednesday’s Dump & Chase: Down Time

The Stanley Cup Final hasn’t even started yet, but the off-season already seems painfully dull. How do people survive when their teams don’t even make the playoffs? Hockey News & Rants 2017-18 Player Reviews: Nick Bonino | On The ForecheckRachel breaks down how the veteran center and Stanley Cup winner faired during his first season with the Preds. Will Predators’ past experiences shape Ryan Ellis contract negotiations? | The TennesseanI can see Ellis retiring in Nashville, but I think him staying healthy is going to play a big part in any extension. Kealty, Poile, Nichol Ready to...
On the Forecheck May 22, 2018
2017-18 Player Reviews: Nick Bonino

2017-18 Player Reviews: Nick Bonino

What did the veteran centerman bring to his new hockey club this season? Acquiring Nick Bonino in last summer’s free agency was a huge step for the Predators’ front office. Bonino provided (and provides) a reliable third-line center who can transition between roles and offer defensive reliability. Many Pittsburgh-centered articles mourned the loss of Bonino, as he was the center of the HBK line (Hagelin-Bonino-Kessel) of 2016 Stanley Cup fame. Season Overview Injured in last year’s Cup Final by none other than P.K. Subban, Bonino spent the summer rehabbing from a tibia injury. He was...
On the Forecheck May 22, 2018
Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Summer Vacation

Tuesday’s Dump & Chase: Summer Vacation

Looks like the Predators are starting their vacays. Meanwhile the last bit of hockey for the season will be over before we know it. 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs: NHL playoffs: Capitals beat Lightning 3-0 to force Game 7 | USAToday.comWhew! I think that was one if not the best game I've watched in these playoffs. Can't wait for Game 7. Oh - can someone tell me why there will be a five game break before the next series? Smashville News: What Would The Next Contract For Ryan Ellis Look Like? | On the ForecheckLedgerSko takes a look at what the Nashville Predators can expect to pay to extend...
On the Forecheck May 21, 2018
What Would The Next Contract For Ryan Ellis Look Like?

What Would The Next Contract For Ryan Ellis Look Like?

A 2018 summer extension for Ellis would be good news for Nashville. Looking ahead to next summer the two significant expiring contracts are those of Pekka Rinne and Ryan Ellis. Contract negotiations or lack thereof between Rinne and the team will be more straight forward than they will be with Ellis. The bearded blue-liner will turn 28 in January and will be playing out the last year of his very team friendly 5 year $12.5 million dollar deal. After a player’s RFA years have been exhausted contract leverage finally changes hands. This will likely be the last chance Ellis will get to hit a...
On the Forecheck May 21, 2018
2017-18 Player Reviews: Viktor Arvidsson

2017-18 Player Reviews: Viktor Arvidsson

Report cards are in! Let’s start with a guy who is sure to be at the head of the class. We all desperately want to put the ending to the 2017-18 Predators season behind us, but before we do, there’s one more point of order: player reviews! Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll do our best to objectively review each player’s season, recap their highs and lows, enjoy some fun tweets and gifs, and then arbitrarily assign them a letter grade that means nothing. We will go alphabetically, starting with everyone’s favorite Viktor Arvidsson. Season Overview Arvidsson finished...
On the Forecheck May 21, 2018
Monday’s Dump and Chase: Playing With House Money

Monday’s Dump and Chase: Playing With House Money

The Vegas Golden Knights are on their way to the Stanley Cup Final and Sweden took home a gold medal in the IIHF 2018 Championship. Nashville Predators News United States tops Canada to claim bronze at hockey worlds - Sportsnet.caA gorgeous goal from Nick Bonino sealed the victory for the United States. Forsberg, Arvidsson, Ekholm Win Gold at World ChampionshipIt's a golden moment for the Nashville Swedes. Five Preds received medals. Also, the Swedish national anthem is really pretty and Filip Forsberg was belting it out like a proud Swedish star. 2018 Offseason Schedule | Nashville...

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