Archive | June, 2011

NHLPA Filing Grievance Against Nashville Predators

UPDATE: The Tennessean’s Joshua Cooper has reported via Twitter that the NHLPA has officially filed a grievance against the Predators. has confirmed this independently through an NHLPA spokesperson.

The NHLPA is currently reviewing the timing of the qualifying offers submitted by the Nashville Predators, Jonathan Weatherdon, Director of Communications for the NHLPA, confirmed to on Wednesday afternoon. No player names were mentioned.

The players listed in both Nick Kypreos’ tweet and in Andy Strickland’s original report were Cal O’Reilly, Nick Spaling, Matt Halischuk and Sergei Kostitsyn. David Poile informed Jeremy Gover of last week that the Predators had re-signed O’Reilly, but no formal announcement has been released by the team.

Both the Nashville Predators and the NHL have stated that they believe that all paperwork was handed in by the team on time and in the proper manner.

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Predators May Have Gotten Lucky With Weber Arbitration

By filing for arbitration, the team may have avoided a franchise-changing blunder.

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Kirk Muller Hired as Milwaukee’s Head Coach

It’s been an exciting week for the Barry Trotz Coaching Tree.

First, Lane Lambert was called up from Milwaukee to fill the spot on the bench recently vacated by Brent Peterson. Then, former Milwaukee Admirals head coach Claude Noel was named the first head coach of the new Winnipeg Jets.

Finally, today, the Predators hired “Captain Kirk” himself – Kirk Muller – to fill the spot vacated by Lambert in Milwaukee.

Muller, who won the Stanley Cup in 1993 with Montreal, played 1,349 NHL games for 6 different teams during his career. Most notably, he spent 4 seasons as captain of the New Jersey Devils and another season as captain of the Montreal Canadiens.

A hire like Muller is a win for the Predators. Muller is a well-known name who was a captain in the most traditional hockey market in the league. In addition, he’s been seen as an up-and-comer for the past few seasons. Getting a guy like Muller is a ringing endorsement for the direction in which the franchise is headed.

(Press release after the jump)

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Draft Preview: Tomas Jurco

The Saint Johns Sea Dogs’ Tomas Jurco is so adept with his stickhandling that he might be a witch.

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Draft Preview: Daniel Catenacci

Lightning-fast Daniel Catenacci from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds could be a younger Steve Sullivan.

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Draft Preview: Alexander Khokhlachev

Could another Windsor Spitfire wind up in the Predators organization in the form of Alexander Khokhlachev?

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Draft Preview: Vladislav Namestnikov

Could the London Knights’ Vladislav Namestnikov become the first second-generation Predator in franchise history?

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Draft Preview: Ty Rattie

The Portland Winterhawks’ Ty Rattie has quick hands but slow feet. Still, could he be the elusive scorer that the Predators are always on the hunt for?

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Draft Preview: Phillip Danault

The Victoriaville Tigres captain is one of the best defensive forwards in the draft.

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Draft Preview: Boone Jenner

Oshawa’s Boone Jenner evokes comparisons to Ryan Kesler and may be the best fit for Nashville’s system in the 2011 NHL Draft, but will he still be on the board?

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Draft Preview: Stefan Noesen

Could the Plymouth Whalers’ Stefan Noesen fall into David Poile’s lap?

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Draft Preview: Colin Jacobs

The Seattle Thunderbirds’ Colin Jacobs could exemplify the “Predator way”.

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Draft Preview: Rocco Grimaldi

The US National Development Team’s Rocco Grimaldi could be the Predators’ best available choice for their first pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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