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Postseason Rewind: Singing the Playoff Blues

Relive the Sights and Sounds of Nashville's Six-Game Victory Over St. Louis in Round Two of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

After a sweep of Chicago in Round One of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Nashville Predators rolled into St. Louis with a quiet confidence - the likes of which hadn't been seen before in club history.

The first-ever postseason meeting between the Blues and Preds in Round Two provided more playoff classics and ultimately resulted in Nashville's first trip to the Western Conference Final.

From rallying behind Kevin Fiala's injury in Game One, to a dramatic, series-clinching victory in Game Six at Bridgestone Arena, the Predators reached new heights as their run continued.

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Preds to Host Inaugural Fishing Tournament on Aug. 11-12

Fans Can Win Cash & Preds Prizes for Biggest Catch, Chance to Meet Current & Former Players

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Predators hockey will return soon enough, but in the meantime, casting a line could be a rewarding alternative.

The inaugural Nashville Predators Fishing Tournament, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops & Guy Harvey, will benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation and Tennessee Wildlife Resource Foundation, while providing fans a unique opportunity to cast a line and score some cash and Preds swag.

"We feel that tournament fishing is a great platform for people to be competitive as well as have fun and raise monies to support great charities," Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World General Manager Jim Osborne said. "The excitement around the Nashville Predators and their awesome 2016-17 season is a springboard to educate people on all they do for the community through their Foundation. At Bass Pro Shops, the more we can do to get people in the outdoors and give back to our communities around our stores, the more excited we get, and the partnership is a great opportunity for us to promote tournament bass fishing, charitable giving and conservation, all wrapped into one focus."

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Preds President Speaks on Potential of Williamson County Facility

Sean Henry Believes Only Matter of Time Before Preds Help Bring Ice Sheets to Williamson County

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

There has never been more passion for the game of hockey throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee - and it doesn't show signs of slowing down.

That fact isn't lost on those with influence in Williamson County, and Predators President and CEO Sean Henry hopes to help lead a push to bring a new facility, or perhaps even multiple venues - complete with sheets of ice - in the near future.

Henry took part in a panel discussion at Franklin Tomorrow's Breakfast with the Mayors event, alongside Tennessee Titans President Steve Underwood and Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, among others. The future of sports in the county was the topic of interest with the formation of a Williamson County Sports Authority, seen as a necessity to begin planning for future facilities, including those with sheets of ice.

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Travel Blog: Preds, Soles4Souls Serve in Dominican Republic

Group of Predators Employees, Along With Soles4Souls, Donate Thousands of Shoes in Dominican Republic

by Various Authors @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Note: Throughout the week, a group of Predators employees will blog on their adventures in the Dominican Republic as they distribute thousands of shoes with Soles4Souls

Day One:

After a filling breakfast of tropical fruits and pan dulce, our Soles 4 Souls team sorted through the shoes and toys for the three visits planned for today.

We were out the door by 8:30 a.m. and headed to our first destination in Maimon, about 25 minutes west of where we are staying in Sosua. The small village - just off the main road - looked like the spitting image of a local storefront. Its residents sat patiently in rows of plastic picnic chairs as they awaited our arrival. We prepared to serve 30 children, which quickly became 70, but our team was in high spirits and eager to give to this gracious community. Our team was divided up into stations of washing feet, finding the correct shoe size and running to find the perfect pair for each child.

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Preds Sign Austin Watson to Three-Year Contract

After Setting Career Highs in Goals, Assists and Points Watson Signs for Three Years

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (July 24, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed forward Austin Watson to a three-year, $3.3 million contract that will pay him $1 million in 2017-18, $1.1 million in 2018-19 and $1.2 million in 2019-20.

Watson, 25 (1/13/92), set career highs in goals (5), assists (7), points (12), penalty minutes (99) and games played (77) during the 2016-17 season as he established himself as an integral member of the Nashville roster. The 6-foot-4, 204-pound winger then added four goals and nine points in 22 postseason contests as the Predators advanced to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. Watson also appeared in 57 games for the Predators during the 2015-16 season, recording three goals and 10 points.

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Preds Sign Viktor Arvidsson to Seven-Year, $29.75 Million Contract

Fourth-Round Pick in 2014 Scored 31 Goals in 2016-17 Season

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (July 22, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the Predators have signed forward Viktor Arvidsson to a seven-year, $29.75 million contract that will pay him an average of $4.25 million annually through the 2023-24 season.

Arvidsson, 24 (4/8/93), tied for the Predators lead in goals (31) and points (61) during the 2016-17 season, hitting the 30-goal mark alongside fellow Swede and linemate, Filip Forsberg. Arvidsson also added 30 assists in 80 games for Nashville, with his 45-point improvement from 2015-16 being the second-most in the NHL in 2016-17. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound winger also led the League in shorthanded goals, and all Preds forward in plus/minus rating (+16). Arvidsson then recorded three goals and 13 points in 22 games during his team's run to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

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Predators Sign Mazanec to One-Year Contract

Goaltender Inks Two-Way Deal to Avoid Arbitration

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (July 21, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the club has signed goaltender Marek Mazanec to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level for the 2017-18 season.

Mazanec, 26 (7/18/91), appeared in four games for Nashville during the 2016-17 campaign and saw action in 47 contests with Milwaukee of the AHL. The 6-foot-4, 202-pound native of Pisek, Czech Republic posted a 27-17-1 record with the Admirals last season with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. In 31 career NHL appearances, Mazanec owns an 8-13-4 record with a 2.97 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage.

In his final season in the Czech League in 2012-13, Nashville's ninth choice, 179th overall (sixth round), in the 2012 Entry Draft led Plzen to its first title by stopping 48-of-51 shots in a Game Seven double-OT victory in the league final. He ranked fourth in 2013 playoff goals-against average (2.13) and sixth in save percentage (.932), in addition to tying for second in shutouts (2).

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Dan Muse to Manage Forwards, Wants to Build on Preds' Playoff Run

At Yale and Chicago Steel, Muse's Teams Ranked Among Best in Penalty Killing and Team Defense

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Like most in the hockey world, Dan Muse was among those who marveled at the city of Nashville and the Predators during their run to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final - both the on-ice product and the off-ice energy that pulsed through the streets.

Little did he know.

On Friday, the Predators hired Muse - on his 35th birthday - to be their next assistant coach. The Canton, Massachusetts, native will now step behind the bench alongside Head Coach Peter Laviolette and newly promoted Associate Head Coach Kevin McCarthy to fill the vacancy left by Phil Housley, after Housley took the head coaching job in Buffalo with the Sabres last month.

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Predators Name Dan Muse Assistant Coach

Also Promote Kevin McCarthy to Associate Head Coach

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (July 21, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that Dan Muse has been named assistant coach of the team. In addition, Kevin McCarthy has been promoted to the title of associate head coach. Muse will work closely with Predators forwards and run the penalty kill while McCarthy will be in charge of the club's defensemen and oversee the power play.

"Dan is an up-and-coming coach that has proven to be a winner at multiple levels," Poile said. "He has a successful track record working with young players and we welcome his fresh perspective in the 2017-18 season and beyond."

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Postseason Rewind: How Sweep It Is

Relive the Sights and Sounds of Nashville's Sweep Over Chicago in Round One of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators knew they were capable of defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in Round One of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. But a four-game sweep over the Western Conference's top point producer?

Starting with a pair of back-to-back shutouts from Pekka Rinne on the road in Games One and Two, followed by a dramatic comeback capped by Kevin Fiala in Game Three, and finally, a commanding 4-1 victory in Game Four, the Preds broke out the brooms on one of their fiercest rivals.

Perhaps Captain Mike Fisher said it best during the ensuing reflection in the locker room postgame: "We surprised a lot of people, but not ourselves."

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