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Broadcaster Blog: Summertime Thoughts on Hartman, Saros

Willy Daunic Speaks with Ryan Hartman and Rob Vollman on What's to Come

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The Nashville Predators offseason theme has been simple: few changes. They are confident they have the formula for success in house.

That said, Preds General Manager David Poile was able to cross off some subtle - but important things - from his summer checklist this week, making deals with forward Ryan Hartman and goalie Juuse Saros.

On the Predators Flagship Station 102.5 The Game, we had a great conversation with Hartman, and got excellent insight from analytics specialist Rob Vollman from Hockey Abstract on the underrated value of Saros. They are both worth listening to - and here is your guide:

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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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Photos: Best of Filip Forsberg

Check Out the Top Shots of the Nashville Winger 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 Filip Forsberg is up next.

The team's leading scorer with 64 points - 26 of them goals - has become one of the most skilled players to ever skate in Nashville. As a result, there are plenty of goal celebrations to choose from, among other gems from team photographer, John Russell. Here now, the best of Fil from the past eight months.

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Preds Foundation to Host First-Ever Weekend of Giving on Sept. 7-10

Foundation Expected to Raise Record Amount in a Single Weekend with Initiatives

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (July 18, 2018) - The Nashville Predators Foundation is hosting their first-ever Weekend of Giving, Friday, Sept. 7 - Monday, Sept. 10. The four-day weekend-long event will highlight four key Foundation events and raise money for 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee, Nashville Predators Foundation and Peterson Foundation for Parkinson's.

If you are unable to attend any of the below events and still want to get involved, please click here to learn more about donation options.

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Preds Treat Truck: Making New Fans One Popsicle at a Time

YMCA Day Campers Surprised with Popsicles and Pucks from Preds

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Think back to when you were 10 years old.

Remember the summer days spent on the soccer field or in the pool with your friends without a care in the world? And then, suddenly, a cooler full of popsicles appeared?

Those were the days.

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Blog: Preds Staffers, Soles4Souls Give Back in Honduras

Members of the Nashville Front Office Blog from Honduras as They Team Up with Soles4Souls

by Will McCaskill @PredsNHL /

Our trip started bright and early at 3:45 a.m. on Sunday, and after an initial stop in Atlanta, our flight into San Pedro Sula, Honduras, officially got the journey underway.

After spending time going through customs, finding bags and renting vans, we met our team of Darwin and Raul. It almost seemed like we had a welcoming committee, as people lined the exit from the terminal, waiting for their returning families.

As we ventured outside of the airport grounds, we were hit by the saturation of green. Green valleys, green mountains and a green agricultural landscape. Rural buildings and farms are nestled in the breathtaking geography of Honduras.

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Preds Sign Goaltender Juuse Saros to Three-Year Contract

23-Year-Old Goaltender Named to NHL's All-Rookie Team After Posting 11-5-7 Record

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (July 16, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the team has signed restricted free-agent goaltender Juuse Saros to a three-year, $4.5 million contract. Saros will make $1.5 million in each of the three seasons.

Saros, 23 (4/19/95), was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team after posting an 11-5-7 record with a 2.44 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and three shutouts in 2017-18. The 5-foot-11 goaltender closed out the regular season with the third-best save percentage in franchise history, trailing only Pekka Rinne's .927 in 2017-18 and .930 in 2010-11. From Nov. 4 to the end of the regular season, Saros led NHL goaltenders in save percentage (.935) and was fourth in goals-against average (2.19). He set the Predators record for most saves in a shutout with 46 on Dec. 14 at Edmonton and became the first goalie in team history to tally multiple 40-plus save shutouts in the same season. Saros started the second half of all 11 of Nashville's back-to-backs this season and went 8-1-2, with five of those victories coming on the road. He appeared in four playoff games for the Predators last season, allowing only two goals on 42 shots faced for a 1.05 goals-against average and .952 save percentage.

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Hartman Ready to Prove Worth with First Full Season in Nashville

Recovering from Shoulder Surgery, Preds Winger Excited for Upcoming Opportunities

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

When Ryan Hartman sat down for his exit meeting in May, just days after the Predators had seen their season come to an end, one thing was made very clear - come October, the 23-year-old winger will be given every opportunity to succeed.

It was exactly what Hartman wanted to hear; and on Monday, Predators General Manager David Poile backed up that statement by signing the 2018 Trade Deadline acquisition to a one-year deal worth $875,000.

Recovering well from offseason-shoulder surgery, Hartman is aiming to be ready to go by Opening Night on Oct. 4 at Madison Square Garden, the start of a 2018-19 season he hopes will be his best yet.

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Predators Sign Ryan Hartman to One-Year Contract

23-Year-Old Forward had Six Points in 21 Games with Nashville Last Season

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (July 16, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the team has signed restricted free-agent forward Ryan Hartman to a one-year contract worth $875,000.

Hartman, 23 (9/20/94), had six points (3g-3a) and 14 penalty minutes in 21 games last season with Nashville after being acquired from Chicago on Feb. 26. He recorded a combined 31 points (11g-20a) in 78 games with the Predators and Blackhawks during the 2017-18 regular season, his second as a full-time NHL player. Hartman featured in nine playoff games for the Predators and tallied two goals and an assist, including the game-winning goal in Game 2 of Nashville's Western Conference First Round series against Colorado. The 6-foot, 181-pound winger notched the game-winning goal in his first contest with the team on Feb. 27 in Nashville's 6-5 win at Winnipeg.

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Greg Rallo Hired as Milwaukee Admirals Assistant Coach

Rallo Recently Completed 12-Year Professional Playing Career

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (July 12, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Thursday that Greg Rallo has been hired as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville's American Hockey League affiliate. The move comes after Karl Taylor was named head coach of the Admirals on June 29. 

The 36-year-old native of Gurnee, Ill., recently completed a 12-year professional playing career that included stops in the NHL, AHL, ECHL and the German professional league. He spent last season with the AHL's Texas Stars - where Taylor was an assistant coach - and tallied 11 points (5g-6a) in 29 games.

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