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Peter Laviolette Given Two-Year Contract Extension

Contract extension will keep Predators head coach in Nashville through the 2020-21 season

by Nashville Predators @PredsNHL /

As the Nashville Predators continue to make their push for their first Stanley Cup, General Manager David Poile made it clear he doesn't want anyone else behind the bench guiding them there.

Poile announced a two-year contract extension for Head Coach Peter Laviolette during the team's annual Skate of the Union address on Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena, a deal which will keep Laviolette in Nashville through the 2020-21 season.

Laviolette, who is beginning his third full season with the Preds, enters 2016-17 just 77 games shy of the 1,000 games coached mark, a milestone only 26 others have reached entering the season, and only 23 victories shy of the 500-win mark, a mark attained by just 23 other coaches entering 2016-17.

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Game Day: Lightning vs. Preds

P.K. Subban, Mike Fisher, Other Stars in Nashville Lineup in First Home Preseason Game

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten /

The regular season hasn't arrived quite yet, but it's still a Saturday night in Smashville.

The Predators are set to hit the Bridgestone Arena ice for the first time in 2016-17, as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight in a preseason matchup, the first of two exhibition contests in home ice.

Nashville will ice an experienced roster, highlighted by the likes of Captain Mike Fisher, defenseman P.K. Subban and forwards James Neal, Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg. The veteran lineup could give Head Coach Peter Laviolette a first look at some potential line combinations and defensive pairings as the season inches closer.

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Training Camp Day Nine: How Swede It Is

Ekholm and Subban Paired Together During Friday's Practice

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten /

The band is (almost) back together.

Filip Forsberg and Mattias Ekholm joined their Nashville Predators teammates on the ice during Friday's practice at Centennial Sportsplex after returning from representing Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey.

With the addition of the two Swedes, that makes defenseman Roman Josi of Team Europe - who fell in Game Two of the World Cup Final to Team Canada last night - as the last remaining Preds representative who hasn't returned to training camp yet.

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Predators Sign Allard to Entry-Level Contract

Nashville's 2016 Third-Round Pick Inks Three-Year Deal

by Press Release @PredsPR / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (September 30, 2016) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team has signed defenseman Frederic Allard to a three-year, entry-level contract. 

Allard, 18 (12/27/97), has played the last three seasons with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL). In 2015-16, he played 64 games, amassing 59 points (14g-45a). He scored 11 power-play goals, two game-winning goals, and recorded 34 penalty minutes. Allard played 62 games for the Sagueneens in 2014-15, recording 30 points (2g-28a) and 24 penalty minutes. In 2013-14, Allard recorded 23 points (4g-19a) and 26 penalty minutes in 61 games.

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Preds Fall to Blue Jackets in Overtime

Young Lineup Puts Forth Solid Effort in Loss

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten /

Anthony Bitetto and Yannick Weber found the back of the net, but the Nashville Predators fell in overtime to the Blue Jackets, 3-2, on Thursday night in Columbus in their third preseason game.

The desired result wasn't attained, but that didn't mean Head Coach Peter Laviolette didn't see some positives, especially considering the amount of youth in the Predators lineup.

"We sent a young team here tonight, and I thought we played hard," Laviolette said. There were a few moments in the games where I don't think we had our stuff… I thought we played a real good first period, and then we got the lead in the third period. They had some chances late and tied it up, but overall, for sending a lot of young players in here like this, I thought our guys played pretty well."

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Predators Reduce Roster to 56

Donnellan Released from PTO

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (September 29, 2016) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has released defenseman Mike Donnellan from his professional tryout. 

Nashville's training camp roster is now at 56 players: 32 forwards, 19 defensemen and five goaltenders. An updated roster is available here.

The Predators take the ice tonight at 6:00 p.m. CT against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It can be watched live on and heard on the team's flagship station, 102.5 The Game. Nashville will host its first preseason game of the 2016-17 season on Saturday, October 1, at a sold-out Bridgestone Arena against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:00 p.m. The Preds will host their annual Skate of the Union at 3:00 p.m. on the Bridgestone Arena plaza, which will include an afternoon full of events.

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Game Day: Preds at Blue Jackets

Nashville Travels to Columbus as the Preseason Continues

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten /

The Predators preseason slate continues tonight as the club travels to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets from Nationwide Arena at 6 p.m. CT.

Notable Preds players on tonight's roster include: Craig Smith, Calle Jarnkrok, Yannick Weber and Matt Carle, a full roster can be seen here. Ryan Johansen, who has not played against his former team in Columbus since being traded to Nashville last January, is not expected to play tonight.

It's the third of six preseason games on Nashville's schedule and first of two against Columbus. The Preds split their preseason doubleheader in Florida on Tuesday, falling to the Panthers 4-1 in the first game before prevailing 2-1 in the later outing.

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Predators Paint the Town Gold Starting Oct. 1

Tour Kicks Off in Downtown Nashville, Then Heads to Surrounding Areas

by Nashville Predators @PredsNHL /

As Smashville approaches the biggest home opener in Nashville Predators history on Oct. 14 versus the Chicago Blackhawks, the team will be launching its Paint the Town GOLD Tour. From Oct. 1 - Oct. 13, a combination of the Preds Energy Team presented by Popcornopolis, GNASH and personalities will be visiting different communities across Smashville to paint the town GOLD. At each stop the Preds GOLD crew will have giveaways for local fans to show their Preds Pride and cover Smashville in GOLD in anticipation of the 2016-17 hockey season. Join the Preds GOLD crew by wearing your GOLD around Smashville!

The crew will also have prizes in hand for fans displaying their GOLD flags around town. In addition to the current scheduled stops below, be sure to stay up to date on social media each day for updates on time, location and surprise visits in your neighborhood. 

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Preds Training Camp Day Seven: Rinne Returns

Goaltender Pekka Rinne Makes His First Appearance of the Season After Returning from the World Cup of Hockey

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten /

There was a new goaltender on the ice during Wednesday's session of Predators training camp - big, athletic, never gave up on a shot - an impressive showing, to say the least.

So maybe the No. 35 jersey was familiar after all, but making his first on-ice appearance of the season with the Preds since returning from representing Finland at the World Cup of Hockey, Pekka Rinne's energy was palpable, ramping things up just a tad as a mostly veteran group skated in the early afternoon.

Indeed, Nashville's stud netminder is back in town - much to his excitement, and everyone else around him.

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DNC Serves up More than Concessions

Preds' Food and Retail Concessions Partner Gives Back

by Natalie Aronson @NatalieAronson /

Delaware North Corporation (DNC), the food and retail concessions partner of the Nashville Predators since Day One, does more than serve an array of food, beverages and retail items to fans that enter Bridgestone Arena's doors for hockey games and events.

DNC's impact reaches far beyond Nashville and the state of Tennessee; most recently their efforts have reached as far as the Dominican Republic. By training local residents to give their time during events as nonprofit volunteers in exchange for funds raised through those volunteers, DNC helped Lancaster Christian Academy (LCA) not only build a new gymnasium for their school, but give to their sister school in the Dominican Republic.

"One of the greatest achievements of this fundraising has been our ability to support a mission that Lancaster began several years ago," Bridgestone Coordinator for Lancaster Christian Academy Wendy Blair said.

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