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yeah. they have been a lot better lately

If you look at the numbers not really.

They may be 5-3-2 in their last 10 games but in their last 6 games they have only won 2 games.

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PREDS EXTEND COACHING STAFF'S CONTRACTS

"The Nashville Predators have compiled one of the best records in the NHL over the past four seasons, averaging 99.5 points per season, and will be under the same direction moving forward as President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today contract extensions for head coach Barry Trotz, associate coach Brent Peterson, assistant coach Peter Horachek, goaltending coach Mitch Korn, video coach Robert Bouchard as well as medical and training staff and members of the scouting department."

“We have a group of dedicated and passionate people who have worked together to grow the Predators into a top-flight NHL hockey department,” Poile said. “We have drafted well over the years, we have developed some outstanding young players, we have attracted premier free agents and, most importantly, we have won a lot of games over the past four years. Despite much adversity of the past year, the team never used that adversity as an excuse—a tribute to the efforts of the coaching staff. I am pleased that this group will remain together in our pursuit of a Stanley Cup for Nashville.

Trotz, 45, has coached all 738 regular-season games (324-308-106) in the Predators’ 10 years, and has made the club one of just seven teams to make the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the last four seasons, guiding Nashville to 141 victories over the past four campaigns. He led the Predators to franchise records in wins (51), road wins (23), points (110) and goals (272) in 2006-07 and earned a spot as an assistant coach with the Western Conference at the 2007 NHL All-Star Game.

Trotz is now the second most tenured coach in the NHL with his current team behind only Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff. During the 2007-08 season, he moved into 13th place on the NHL all-time wins list with one franchise, as he now has 324 regular season wins. Among active coaches, Trotz trails only Ruff (1997-present) in active tenure with the same club. The Winnipeg, Man. native was named Nashville’s first coach on Aug. 6, 1997 and spent a season scouting before leading the franchise’s inaugural edition in 1998-99.

Brent Peterson became an assistant coach with Nashville on June 19, 1998 after leading the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winter Hawks to the Memorial Cup. He was promoted to associate coach on June 19, 2003, and the Calgary, Alta. native has been instrumental in developing and implementing team systems. Assistant coach Peter Horachek has helped the Predators advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his three seasons behind the Nashville bench. He joined the Predators in 2003-04 after coaching Nashville’s primary developmental affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, the season before.

Mitch Korn, who joined the organization on July 23, 1998, has worked with the Predators’ goaltenders and those in the Nashville developmental system for the last 10 years. The well-known goaltending coach has worked with a number of top NHL goalies, and local success stories include Nashville’s current goaltending duo of Chris Mason and Dan Ellis. Robert Bouchard has been a member of the Nashville hockey department since 1998, and he has spent the last eight years as the club’s video coach. He is responsible for video analysis of all pre-scout and Predators’ game film, contributing to the formulation of scouting reports on the opposition and the production of all instructional/teaching tapes for players and prospects throughout the program.

Since the 2005-06 season, the Predators rank sixth in the NHL in wins (141) and trail only Detroit in home wins (83) since the start of that campaign. Under the direction of Nashville’s current coaching staff, the Predators have successfully developed young players drafted by the organization, including David Legwand, Martin Erat, Dan Hamhuis, Jordin Tootoo, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber, Kevin Klein and Alexander Radulov.

Several players, when given the opportunity, have worked their way into the Predators lineup, including Vern Fiddler, Greg Zanon, Jerred Smthson, Chris Mason and Dan Ellis. Additionally, in the last three years, the Predators have attracted free agents such as Paul Kariya, Jason Arnott, J.P. Dumont, Radek Bonk, Greg deVries and Martin Gelinas. In addition to the coaches, head athletic trainer Dan Redmond, and head equipment manager Pete Rogers as well as their staff have been given contract extensions.

Source: http://predators.nhl.com/team/app/?service...rticleid=361250

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Exactly my view too! Hopefully Andrei doesn't go nuts thinking he will get this much. It's unfortunate cuz his agent will surely show Erat's new contract to Gainey. :(

i was thinking league-wide...i can't imagine andrei or his agent believes he should make comparable money given erat's been in the league a lot longer and has four seasons with roughly 50 pts compared to andrei's one...

but this contract sets the bar high once again and a sarcastic thanks to all those gms who are signing players to ridiculously long contracts, something gainey doesn't do. despite the positive direction in which this team is headed i can't see players passing up the security of these long- term deals to play for the habs.

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Appears the league has rejected the contract... what does that mean? Is it thrown out and a new one must be reworked?

It is not all that serious. It was rejected because it violated the CBA for the amounts in years 5 and 6. Nashville has amended the contract, sent it back to the league and expect it to be approved.

"The contract Erat's handlers and team brass worked out earlier was kicked back to them by the NHL. Seems it violated standards set by the league's collective bargaining agreement. Here's how Erat's agent, Mike Deutsch, explained it to Predators beat writer John Glennon:

The league rejected it because it didn't conform to what is commonly called "the 100 percent rule." Deutsch explained it like this: When the lower sum of the player's first two contract years is divided by two, the resulting total (in Erat's case it was $1.75 million) cannot be less than the difference in any two years in the contract.

The difference between years 5 and 6 of Erat's contract had been $2 million. To fix the problem, the two sides took $250,000 out of Erat's year 7 salary and moved it to year 6. "That solved the problem," Deutsch said. "It took all of two minutes to fix and Martin has signed the new contract."

Source: http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=411952

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I'm sure everyone here has heard all about this but I didn't see a thread to discuss it. Personally I find this whole situation pretty funny just because they could of had an owner with actual money.

Original bankruptcy article

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=239922&lid...s=headlines_nhl

Attempted to sell his share to Balsillie

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=239986&lid...s=headlines_nhl

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*Sarcastic slow clap for Gary Bettman*

Well done, Gary. Reject the billionaire in favor of the guy who just filed for bankruptcy. There would be no fate on earth worse than moving a struggling American franchise to Canada, at least in Gary Bettman's mind.

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*Sarcastic slow clap for Gary Bettman*

Well done, Gary. Reject the billionaire in favor of the guy who just filed for bankruptcy. There would be no fate on earth worse than moving a struggling American franchise to Canada, at least in Gary Bettman's mind.

I'm not sure if it's Bettman or the board of governors, but I don't know what on earth they were thinking. They see America has more "potential" to do well. Nevermind that Canada actually makes the league its money while Nashville is literally a drain (the small revenue sharing). I realize that Canadian cities ultimately have a "roof" and will never have the potential profits that American teams do or help the potential lucritive American TV market. But this potential hasn't actually turned into results for so long, at some point you need to go with what works and not what "might work best"

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*Sarcastic slow clap for Gary Bettman*

Well done, Gary. Reject the billionaire in favor of the guy who just filed for bankruptcy. There would be no fate on earth worse than moving a struggling American franchise to Canada, at least in Gary Bettman's mind.

When will Bettman get fired?

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