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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 / NashvillePredators.com

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 / NashvillePredators.com

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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Rinne, Subban Anticipating Opportunity to Win Again with Same Preds Group

Nashville Goaltender, Defenseman Believe Keeping Team Together Provides Best Chance for Success

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

David Poile had never really seen - or heard - anything like it before.

While addressing the Nashville media during his annual, year-end press conference just days after the Predators had seen their 2018 postseason run come to an end, the Nashville general manager spoke on what he thought of the previous season and what the next one might bring.

But after he and Head Coach Peter Laviolette held their respective exit meetings with Predators players before departing for the summer, there was a common theme that Poile heard over and over again that isn't often the case. Instead of making big changes in the offseason, trying to find another massive piece to the puzzle, the players told their GM they wanted the same group back again.

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Photos: Best of Viktor Arvidsson

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 each Predators player who helped the club to a record 117-point campaign - and Viktor Arvidsson is next in line.

The team's top goal-scorer from the past regular season - 29 of them in all - knows how to put the puck in the net, and there may not be another Preds player who shows more excitement on those occasions than Arvidsson. So, enjoy the best of Arvi from the past eight months. 

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Taylor Tasked with Developing Future Preds in Milwaukee

New Admirals Head Coach Karl Taylor Set to Continue Tradition Between Milwaukee and Nashville

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Admirals Coach Introduced

Karl Taylor named Milwaukee Admirals head coach

Karl Taylor is introduced as the new head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals, the Predators' AHL affiliate

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Less than two weeks removed from standing behind the bench in Game 7 of the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Finals, Karl Taylor found himself outside of the Predators locker room at Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville logo draped behind him.

It was quite a transition in such short order, leaving the Texas Stars - a team he had served as an assistant coach with for the past four seasons - but a chance had arisen to become the boss of his own club once more. There was a vacancy in Milwaukee that needed filling, and it didn't take Predators General Manager/President of Hockey Operations David Poile, Predators Director of Player Development/Milwaukee General Manager Scott Nichol and Predators management long to decide Taylor was the right man for the job.

On June 29, the 47-year-old native of North Bay, Ontario, became the seventh head coach in Admirals' history, the next to be tasked with developing players at the AHL level to become mainstays in the NHL, specifically in Nashville.

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Preds Announce Partnership with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

Partnership Sees Coca-Cola Products, Dr Pepper Come to Bridgestone Arena Concession Stands

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (July 9, 2018) - The Nashville Predators have announced a 10-year partnership with Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, one of the largest long-term deals in the team's history, which officially launched July 1.

"We pride ourselves on listening intently to our fans, and to be able to provide Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper products inside Smashville is another great example of the connection with our fans," Nashville Predators President and CEO Sean Henry said. "The No. 1 professional sports franchise partnering with the No. 1 soft drink is a relationship that our fans asked for and deserve."

Coca-Cola Consolidated plans to feature Dr Pepper as the official soft drink of the Predators in addition to other traditional Coca-Cola offerings, which are set to make their official debut at the Sam Smith concert on July 7, the next public Bridgestone Arena event. The partnership was announced at the 'Let Freedom Sing: Nashville July 4th Fireworks' celebration that took place downtown and featured a Dr Pepper activation on Bridgestone Arena's plaza and an appearance by Preds defenseman Matt Irwin.

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Nashville Signs Zach Magwood to Entry-Level Contract

Forward Participated in Last Week's Predators Development Camp in Nashville

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (July 3, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has signed forward Zach Magwood to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Magwood, 20 (4/22/98), participated in the team's 2018 Development Camp in Nashville, notching a hat trick in Friday's Future Stars Game at Bridgestone Arena. He was fourth on the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts in points last season with 59 (27g-32a), his third campaign with the team. He set career highs in games played (65), goals (27), assists (32), points (59) and plus-minus (+27) at the OHL level and helped Barrie claim the Central Division title for the second time in three seasons. The 5-foot-10 center has 106 points (52g-54a) in 173 career OHL games for Barrie.

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Predators Sign Forward Colin Blackwell to Two-Year Contract

Center Tallied 45 Points in 61 Games with AHL's Rochester Last Season

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (July 3, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has signed forward Colin Blackwell to a two-year, two-way contract that will see him make $650,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level in 2018-19 and $700,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level in 2019-20.

Blackwell, 25 (4/28/93), tallied 45 points (17g-28a) in 61 games with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans in 2017-18, the most among all forwards on the team. His 17 goals tied for second on the Americans and he led his team's forwards in assists during his second professional season. The 5-foot-9 center made his pro debut in 2016-17 with the AHL's San Jose Barracuda and went on to record four goals and seven assists in 57 games, helping them capture the Pacific Division title and reach the Western Conference Final. Blackwell has recorded six points (4g-2a) in 18 playoff games at the AHL level, including three points (2g-1a) in three contests with the Americans last season.

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Preds Sign Zac Rinaldo to One-Year, Two-Way Deal

Forward has 34 Points in 328 Career NHL Games

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (July 2, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed forward Zac Rinaldo to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $300,000 at the AHL level for 2018-19.

Rinaldo, 28 (6/15/90), spent last season with the Arizona Coyotes, recording seven points (5g-2a) and 44 penalty minutes in 53 games. It was his sixth NHL season - he has amassed 34 points (14g-20a) and 699 penalty minutes in 328 career games since making his debut in 2011. Prior to joining the Coyotes for the 2017-18 season, he had stints with the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers and the American Hockey League's Providence Bruins and Adirondack Phantoms.

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Preds Add Defenseman Jarred Tinordi with One-Year Deal

26-Year-Old was First-Round Draft Pick in 2010 NHL Draft

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (July 1, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Sunday that the club has signed defenseman Jarred Tinordi to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $325,000 at the AHL level in 2018-19.

Tinordi, 26 (2/20/92), recorded 21 points (5g-16a) and had a +19 rating with the American Hockey League's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2017-18, helping them reach the Calder Cup Playoffs for the 16th-straight season. It was Tinordi's best season as a pro, statistically, as he set career highs in goals (5), assists (16), points (21) and plus-minus (+19), the latter of which ranked second among team blueliners. The 6-foot-6 native of Burnsville, Minn., has 63 points (12g-51a) in 290 games at the AHL level, spent with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Tucson, St. John's and Hamilton. Tinordi was an alternate captain for the Tucson Roadrunners during the 2016-17 season.

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