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Ribeiro Meets Offseason Challenge Head On

Forward Focused on Defense, Faceoffs During Summer

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / NashvillePredators.com

A Game Seven loss in mid-May to the San Jose Sharks stung a little more for Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro. He wanted to do more. He should have done more.

A healthy scratch in Games Three and Four of the Round Two series, the veteran center's furthest trip into the postseason in eight years didn't go how it was supposed to. Didn't go how he wanted it to.

Two points in 12 playoff games in 2016 were the numbers suddenly being used to define Ribeiro's season. Not the 50 he recorded in 81 regular-season games, good for the third-highest total by a Preds forward, and the 10th occasion in his 18-year career he'd hit at least the half-century mark. But the Montreal native knew he'd overcome the sudden spiral in his career, because that's what his career was. Too small to play in the NHL, too one-dimensional to consistently produce, too old to still compete. He'd heard them all before, and he'd challenged the narrative forced upon himself every time.

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Preds Training Camp Day Two: Need For Speed

Predators Look to Be One of League's Faster Teams

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

It may seem obvious. If one hockey player is faster than the other, a competitive advantage is almost certain. But as the game continues to evolve, the collective speed of an entire team may just be the most important attribute when it comes to building a winning squad.

Predators General Manager David Poile seems to believe that's the case when reviewing the moves he's made over the past few seasons.

The hiring of Head Coach Peter Laviolette, who prefers to run an up-tempo, offensive system, was the start. With the acquisitions of younger, faster players like Ryan Johansen and P.K. Subban over the past eight months, that trend is continuing.

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Poile Expects the Unexpected in Training Camp

Preds General Manager Knows Anything Can Happen As Camp Unfolds

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

David Poile should know this team better than anyone. After all, the Nashville Predators general manager, entering his 19th season with the club, is the only GM the franchise has ever known and has spent the past few seasons constructing a team he believes will be a contender.

But he's also been around long enough to know that the only thing that's certain in training camp is the uncertainty that comes with it.

"If I've learned anything over the years, we're very optimistic, but you just don't know what you have until you start playing," Poile said. "We made some significant changes last year. The team is going to be different, how we play is going to be different, our chemistry, our culture, our identity; we have to start figuring that out and getting that in training camp."

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P.K. Subban Embracing Nashville, Ready for Season

Preds Defenseman Has High Expectations for the Team and Himself

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

As P.K. Subban emerged from the Nashville Predators dressing room at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, he couldn't help but notice some familiar faces from his former city.

A collection of Canadian media members from Montreal, where Subban made his living during the first seven years of his NHL career, were on hand to document his opening moments as a member of the Preds during his first official day on the new job.

But Subban made it clear he has already moved on from his former club, choosing to focus on what he believes is a team that could do something special this season.

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As Training Camp Opens, Preds Have High Expectations

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

One of the dominant buzzwords at the first official media availability of the Nashville Predators 2016-17 season was, well, buzz.

There's a good reason for it, too. There's no denying the anticipation surrounding a team that advanced further in the postseason than they ever had before, just one win from their first Western Conference Final appearance. Add that to the offseason acquisition of All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban to an already potent lineup, and the potential that exists in the Nashville locker room is one that hasn't been seen before.

Those who will be tasked with taking those possibilities and turning them into reality spoke on the subject, and while it's easy to be optimistic on the first day of training camp, there's a belief around the organization that those sentiments aren't outlandish.

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What To Watch For: Preds Training Camp

Three Storylines to Look For as Training Camp Opens

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

When the Nashville Predators open training camp on Thursday for the 19th time in franchise history, they'll do so with perhaps more expectation than any Preds team that has come before them.

After coming just one win from advancing to the Western Conference Final for the first time, plus the summertime acquisition of All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban, there's reason to believe the team could be headed for something special.

But long before there's even a thought of the opportunity that awaits, General Manager David Poile, Head Coach Peter Laviolette and the rest of the Preds management and coaching staff must reduce their roster from 57, as it stands now, to 23 before Opening Night on Oct. 14. And while there will be plenty to take in over the next three weeks, here are a few things to make note of as preparations for the 2016-17 season officially get underway.

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Preds Training Camp Opens Thursday

Preds Release Three from Tryout Agreements, Add Defenseman Donnellan

by Nashville Predators @PredsPR / NHL.com

Nashville Predators Training Camp will open with physicals and a team meeting on Thursday, Sept. 22, with the team's first day on the ice coming Friday, Sept. 23, at 9:45 a.m. CT at Centennial Sportsplex. A complete training camp schedule is below. Dates, times and roster are subject to change.

On Wednesday, the Predators released forwards Kris Bennett, Mathieu Olivier and Shane Walsh from their tryout agreements, and added defenseman Mike Donnellan on a tryout agreement. An updated training camp roster is attached.

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September 25: Preds Scrimmage at Ford Ice Center

Come Help Celebrate Ford Ice Center's Second Birthday!

by NashvillePredators.com @PredsNHL / NHL.com

On Sunday, Sept. 25, the Nashville Predators will hold their annual Blue and Gold scrimmage and celebrate the second anniversary of Ford Ice Center. 

Preds fans are invited to celebrate all afternoon with family-friendly games, public skate session, new equipment sale, inflatables and the scrimmage all being on hand. 

Special offers, including the 12-game Captain's pack, single-game tickets and Kids Club presented by Delta Dental, will also be on hand.

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Peterson Foundation, Preds Raise Parkinson's Funds

Brent Peterson Golf Classic, Petey's Preds Party Raise Funds, Awareness of Parkinson's Disease

by Natalie Aronson @NatalieAronson / NashvillePredators.com

"Where's Brent?" "Has anyone seen Brent?" "Is Brent over here? I just saw him."

These questions kept popping up at Vanderbilt Legends Club on Monday morning. At first glance of Preds Radio Color Analyst Brent Peterson and the way he zips around, never stopping, always on the go, you would have no idea he is a man who has been affected by Parkinson's Disease for 13 years.

A fun-loving guy who will always crack a joke, Peterson founded the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson's as a way to raise awareness and help others affected by Parkinson's get out of their shell. Joking that golf was his only hobby, Monday's tournament was all about allowing people the opportunity to hopefully do the things they love again, just as he has. 

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Preds Crush Capitals in Rookie Tournament Finale

Fiala, Saros Among Those Who Shine as Tournament Concludes

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

With the way each of the Nashville Predators rookies were trending, it was only a matter of time.

The Preds closed out their appearance at the 2016 South Florida tournament with a 7-0 drubbing of the Washington Capitals on Tuesday morning, putting an exclamation point on what was a successful trip to the Sunshine State in more ways than one.

Not only does the win leave a better taste as the group heads back to Nashville, but the overall growth each player showed over the course of the long weekend accomplishes the main goal of the excursion.

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