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Grimaldi, Brickley, Tinordi Providing Preds Depth, Challenging for Spots

Trio All Signed with Nashville During Offseason to Provide NHL Experience

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Preds Camp: Rocco Grimaldi

Grimaldi talks about the fight to make the roster

Forward Rocco Grimaldi talks about the battle to make the Predators Opening Night roster

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Rocco Grimaldi was waiting anxiously alongside his electronic devices to see when the announcement would be made official.

He had signed on the dotted line to join the Predators organization on July 1, and it was only a matter of time before the deal would start traversing across the World Wide Web, which would then signify the appropriate time to spread the word to friends and family.

But just as Grimaldi's one-year contract came across the wire, he noticed another deal. For a friend. In Nashville.

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Hartman Taking Contact, Remains On Track to Return from Injury

Preds Winger Optimistic on Recovery Process from Offseason Surgery

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Preds Camp: Ryan Hartman

Hartman excited for first camp with Preds

Forward Ryan Hartman is excited for his first training camp as a member of the Predators

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Ryan Hartman is right on track.

After undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, the Nashville winger began to participate in contact drills this week at Predators Training Camp with the goal of being ready to play on Opening Night on Oct. 4 in New York.

Following Tuesday's practice, the 2018 Trade Deadline acquisition says his shoulder is continuing to heal and the progress is encouraging.

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After Five-Point Preseason Outburst, Fiala Confident in Offensive Ability

Nashville Forward Says He Can Improve on 23 Goals Scored Last Season

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Preds Camp: Kevin Fiala

Fiala says he can be better this season

Forward Kevin Fiala wants to improve on his goal total from last season

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It really is too bad preseason point totals don't count for something. If they did, Kevin Fiala would have etched his name into the Predators record books for the rest of eternity.

With five points - a goal and four assists - in the second half of Nashville's preseason doubleheader in Florida on Monday, Fiala not only would have obliterated his current career-high of two points in a single game, he also would have tied a franchise record for the most points in a single contest.

And while the offensive outburst won't officially be recorded in history, it still happened - and is worth noting.

Fiala sure did.

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Forsberg Hat Trick Helps Preds to Sweep of Preseason Doubleheader

Nashville Scores 10 Goals Over Two Games; Fiala Posts Five Points in Second Victory

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

It may not be as sweet as a postseason sweep, but it still does the trick.

Five different skaters found the back of the net in the first matchup, and Filip Forsberg tallied a hat trick in the night cap, as the Nashville Predators defeated the Florida Panthers twice to take the doubleheader by finals of 5-0 and 5-3, respectively.

It was Forsberg's line, along with Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala, who led the way in the second outing, combining for all five goals and 13 points in total. Fiala finished with a goal and four helpers on the night.

It may be early, but it was quite a start for the Preds in their first game action since last spring.

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Predators Reduce Roster to 52 Players

Team Assigns Three to Their Junior Clubs

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (September 17, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has assigned defensemen Jacob Paquette (Kingston/OHL) and Vladislav Yeryomenko (Calgary/WHL) and forward Pavel Koltygin (Drummondville/QMJHL) to their junior teams.

The Predators' training camp roster is now at 52 players - 31 forwards, 16 defensemen and five goaltenders. An updated roster is attached.

Nashville's three-week training camp is headlined by six preseason games, beginning with a doubleheader on the road today against the Florida Panthers at 2:30 and 6 p.m. CT. The Predators then will face off against the Tampa Bay on back-to-back nights, hosting the Lightning on Sept. 21 and traveling to Tampa on Sept. 22. Nashville will close out its preseason slate with two games against the Hurricanes, welcoming Carolina to Bridgestone Arena on Sept. 25 before playing them on the road five days later on Sept. 30.

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Scrimmage Serves as Perfect Preparation for Preds as Preseason Arrives

Weber, Sissons Say Scrimmage Gives Them Feel for Game After Offseason

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

It's about as close as it gets without the pressure of two points on the line.

The Predators held a Blue & Gold scrimmage on Sunday afternoon at Ford Ice Center, a training camp tradition for Head Coach Peter Laviolette and his staff. It's the first chance of camp for the bosses to see their players - the majority of which were prospects and minor-leaguers, with some NHLers sprinkled in - in a game situation.

Eeli Tolvanen, Frederick Gaudreau, Joonas Lyytinen, Filip Pyrochta and Pavel Koltigyn (two goals) all found the back of the net on the day, a perfect way to impress those watching from above.

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Veteran Goaltender Rinne Still Finding Ways to Remain Elite

Coming Off of Vezina Trophy Win, Nashville Netminder Ready for 11th Consecutive Season as Preds Starter

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Pekka Rinne is well aware he has a birthday coming up in November.

He's not an old man by any means, but he's not a rookie either. When answering questions on Thursday at Bridgestone Arena as Predators Training Camp got underway, the soon-to-be 36-year-old goaltender analyzed the current roster and had this to say at the conclusion of another one of his signature responses to a media member's question.

"We're another year older and more experienced, and the best part is that we still have a young team - except me."

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Preds Official Podcast: Subban Talks Dating Vonn, Offseason

Podcast Outlines Training Camp Battles, Recaps Offseason and Laughs to Stories from Subban

by Thomas Willis & Brooks Bratten @PredsNHL /

The premiere of the Preds Official Podcast arrives with Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten describing their vision for the show. They're also joined by All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban, who talks about the debut of EA Sports' NHL 19 video game and his experience as the Predators' first cover athlete. 

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They Said It: The Best Quotes from Day One of Preds Training Camp

Nashville's Top Players Had Plenty to Say as Training Camp Began

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The meetings, the fittings, the testing - it's all complete. It's time to lace them up.

Predators Training Camp continues on Saturday morning at Centennial Sportsplex with the first on-ice session of the season (full schedule available here). All training camp sessions at Centennial are free and open to the public, so make plans to venture out to get your first glimpse at the 2018-19 club.

Until then, here are some of the top quotes from Thursday's media availability. Just try not to be ready for hockey after reading these.

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Preds Open Training Camp with Core Group Ready for Another Run

Nashville Players Believe Team Has Tools to Win Stanley Cup

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Camp Opens: Pekka Rinne

Rinne shares why Preds wanted to keep their core

Pekka Rinne shares why the Predators wanted to keep the same group of players together

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They're back in town.

One by one they arrived to Bridgestone Arena on Thursday morning, spirits high, ready to do it all over again.

The Predators could only be positive as they reported for the official start of training camp, with just about everyone who played a part in a Presidents' Trophy winning season back in the fold.

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