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Predators Only Team With Three Defensemen in NHLN's Top 20 List

P.K. Subban Ranks Fifth, Roman Josi Seventh and Ryan Ellis Rounds Out Top 20 Blueliners Today

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

NHL Network revealed its list of the Top 20 defenseman in the NHL on Sunday evening, with the Nashville Predators being the only team to boast three blueliners in the rankings. 

The segment, featuring analysis from three-time Stanley Cup Champion and NHLN analyst Ken Daneyko, couldn't get enough of the riches of talent Nashville has assembled in a single defensive corps. P.K. Subban, a 2017-18 Norris Trophy Finalist, received the highest spot on the list, coming in at No. 5 overall. 

Video: P.K. Subban lands at No. 5 on the list

"We know he has the offensive flare, the heavy shot and can beat players 1-on-1, but I think he's improved his defensive game tremendously since joining Nashville," Daneyko said. "Sometimes learning the defensive game takes years to really understand... and he now uses his stick much better in his defensive positioning."

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Photos: Best of Roman Josi

Check Out the Top Shots of the Nashville Captain from the 2017-18 Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Who doesn't enjoy flipping through old photos?

Over the course of the summer, we'll take a look back at the season that was with the top shots from a number of Predators players who helped the club to a record 117-point campaign - and Roman Josi is up next.

Named the eighth captain in franchise history prior to the 2017-18 season, Josi has blossomed into one of the best defensemen in hockey - and one of the most photogenic, too. Here now, the best of No. 59 from the past nine months.

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Weber, Preds Make Donation to Nashville Humane Association

Predators Defenseman, Girlfriend Give Back to Animals in Need

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Preds Donate Puppy, Pet Supplies

Yannick Weber donates dozens of animal supplies

Yannick Weber and Kayla Price donate dozens of animals supplies to the Nashville Humane Association

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Yannick Weber may have some competition residing at the Nashville Humane Association.

When his girlfriend, Kayla Price, stopped by to make a much-needed donation to the facility, she quickly learned the shelter had fittingly named one of their new puppies Yannick Weber. Already an owner of two dogs herself, Price's heart melted as she met the new Yannick.

So, the question had to be asked - would she be filling out adoption papers before heading home?

"Potentially," Price laughed. "But don't tell the real one."

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Short Shifts

Subban has fun at Josi's expense with help from his hockey campers

Predators defenseman pokes fun at team captain on Twitter

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Well, that debate is settled.

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Dan Hamhuis Ready to Go Back Home to Nashville, Win Cup

Defenseman Returns to Where His Career Began, Adds to Nashville's Premier Blue Line

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

There's a 2014 series of Matthew McConaughey car commercials in which the movie star turned spokesman for a luxury line of vehicles says it's OK to return to where you started.

The dimly lit, overly dramatic TV spots have been justifiably parodied in the years since their time in the spotlight, but for the commercial that preaches "sometimes you have to go back, in order to move forward," there's more wisdom within the 30 seconds than what's found in some of its peers.

Dan Hamhuis probably didn't see himself being compared to Matthew McConaughey in a story on NashvillePredators.com, but after the veteran defenseman inked a two-year deal to return to the franchise that drafted him in 2001, maybe the blueliner could garner some wisdom from a series of commercials that can now only be found online.

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From Switzerland to Smashville: Josi, Baker Enjoy Special Friendship

Predators Captain, Swiss Musician Both Love Nashville Music, Hockey Scenes

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Bastian Baker used to dread being in the same building as Roman Josi.

Growing up in Switzerland a decade ago, Baker and Josi played hockey against one another as youths, and it turns out the Nashville Predators captain was quite good on the ice back then, too.

"We used to wish that he would not show up, so we'd have a chance to win," Baker humorously recalled. "We would be like, 'Hey, is Josi here tonight or not?' And then it would be, 'I think he's playing with the adults tonight,' and we're like, "Oh yeah, maybe we can beat them today.'"

My, how things have changed.

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Canucks re-sign Sven Baertschi

...three-year deal for the forward

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Sven Baertschi to a three-year deal with an AAV of $3.367M.

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Canucks Extend Qualifying Offers to Three Players

... Sven Baertschi, Troy Stecher and Jake Virtanen.

by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has extended qualifying offers to the following three players to retain their negotiating rights:

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free agency

Neal has offer, Reaves seeks longer contract from Golden Knights

Perron, Sbisa among pending free agents Vegas wants to keep, GM says

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- The Vegas Golden Knights have offered contracts to forwards James Neal, David Perron and Ryan Reaves and defenseman Luca Sbisa, general manager George McPhee said at the 2018 NHL Draft at the American Airlines Center on Saturday.

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Six Characteristics: Predators 2018-19 Regular-Season Schedule

Nashville Embarks on Six-Game Road Trip for First Time in Four Years; Preds Play New Year's Eve, New Year's Day Set

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators defense of their Presidents' Trophy and Central Division title will get underway on Thursday, Oct. 4 in New York against the Rangers.

The full 2018-19 regular-season schedule for all 31 NHL clubs was revealed on Thursday by the League and NHLN, and below we have the Preds' highlights you need to see:

Click here to see the schedule in list or calendar view (may take a few minutes to populate) and click here to sync the schedule to your mobile device or computer (if you've already synced through Stanza, your calendar will automatically update).

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