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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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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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Gaudreau, Aberg Contracts Indicate Shift for Predators

Young Players That Stepped Up in the Playoffs are Coming Back on Multi-Year Deals

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Two players who began to make names for themselves when it mattered most will now get chances to do it all over again.

Forwards Pontus Aberg and Frederick Gaudreau each inked new deals with the Predators this week, ensuring their participation with the organization for at least the next two seasons.

Aberg's deal is for two years and worth a total of $1.3 million, while Gaudreau's three-year contract is a two-way deal for the first two seasons before morphing into a one-way deal worth $700,000 for the 2019-20 campaign.

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Fan Who Missed Free Stanley Cup Final Tickets Finds Redemption

Andrew Fudge Didn't See Twitter Notification Saying He'd Won Two Tickets to 2017 Stanley Cup Final

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Andrew Fudge can't say he's not a lucky guy anymore.

In June, he won a contest entered by thousands, after all, so if that doesn't equal lucky, then what does? There was just one problem, Fudge didn't know he'd won.

That's right. Fudge, a Nashville native, entered the Predators Twice Daily Tickets Competition, was selected to receive two free tickets to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, received a congratulatory direct message on Twitter, and yet, he missed the notification.

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Predators Sign Pontus Aberg to Two-Year Contract

Swedish Forward Tallied Five Points (2g-3a) During 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (July 18, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has signed forward Pontus Aberg to a two-year, $1.3 million contract. The deal will see Aberg make $650,000 in both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

Aberg, 23 (9/23/93), made his NHL debut during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs and skated in two games for the Predators against San Jose in their Second Round matchup. The native of Stockholm, Sweden, made his regular season debut on Nov. 8, 2016, and appeared in 15 games last season, scoring one goal and adding an assist. Aberg then skated in 16 more postseason contests as he recorded five points (2g-3a) for the Predators in their run to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. 

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Preds Ink Frederick Gaudreau to Three-Year Contract

Undrafted Forward, Who Scored Three Times in 2017 Stanley Cup Final, Signs Contract

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (July 17, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed forward Frederick Gaudreau to a three-year contract. The contract is a two-way deal in 2017-18 and 2018-19, worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level. The contract then becomes a one-way deal in 2019-20 worth $700,000.

Gaudreau, 24 (5/1/93), made his NHL debut on Oct. 22, 2016, and skated in nine regular-season contests for the Predators in 2016-17, recording one assist. The Bromont, Quebec, native then appeared in eight postseason outings for Nashville, beginning in the Western Conference Final against Anaheim and continuing into the Stanley Cup Final versus Pittsburgh where he scored three goals in the first four games of the Final.

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