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Quite an injury list for Nashville

Jerred Smithson C Day-To-Day Sep 24

Smithson left practice early Tuesday with a muscle pull in his side, the Nashville Tennessean reports.

Jason Arnott C Day-To-Day Sep 24

Arnott was held out of practice on Tuesday with a groin strain, the Nashville Tennessean reports.

Ville Koistinen D Day-To-Day Sep 24

Koistinen (knee) was held out of Tuesday's practice with some knee inflammation, the Nashville Tennessean reports.

Jed Ortmeyer RW Day-To-Day Sep 19

Ortmeyer (knee) will miss at least a month and likely longer because of a blood clot, the Nashville Tennessean reports.

Nolan Yonkman D IR Sep 18

The Predators plan to sign Yonkman (knee) in the coming days, but the 6-foot-6 defenseman will not hit the ice for several months, the Nashville Tennessean reports.

Steve Sullivan RW IR Sep 18

Working to recover from chronic back issues that include two disc surgeries last summer, Sullivan (back) will start working out at the team facility in Centennial Sportsplex instead of on his own facility, the Nashville Tennessean reports.

Jed Ortmeyer RW IR Sep 8

Ortmeyer (knee) is hoping to be ready for the start of training camp but still is dealing with knee pain and also the possibility of more blood-clot problems, the Nashville Tennessean reports.

Martin Gelinas LW Day-To-Day Aug 7

It's looking unlikely the Predators will re-sign veteran Gelinas, who drew praise for his leadership last season, the Nashville Tennessean reports.

Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/injuries

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First Cut - Preds Reduce Roster to 41

The club has reassigned forwards Geoff Peters, Mark Santorelli, Nick Spaling and Kelsey Wilson, as well as defenseman Teemu Laakso, to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League. Additionally, defenseman Jonathon Blum was returned to his junior team (Vancouver, WHL).


Second Cut - Preds Trim Roster By 3

The club has reassigned forwards Mike Santorelli and Andreas Thuresson, as well as defenseman Cody Franson to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.


Preds Acquire Nick Tarnasky From Tampa Bay For Conditional '09 Draft Pick


Even after the deal the Predators still have 12 draft picks in next year's draft.

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Rinne playing way into full-time job

Rinne has won his first six decisions, matching the franchise record held by Ellis. He's played (and won) four of the Preds' last five games, and with a 2.24 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.

Source: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=396834

An 8th round draft pick who was projected most likely to be an AHL goalie making the most of his opportunity.

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This is getting ridiculous. If a team is forced to resort to scamming the revenue sharing system, it's time to reconsider the existence of that team.

Phoenix lost out on a full share of revenues as well, but at least they did it legitimately.

If I were the owner/management of any of the other clubs, I would be putting pressure on the league to find permanent and sustainable solutions to franchises that aren't financially viable so my excess revenues aren't being dropped into a sinkhole. Relocate or disenfranchise these teams and allow expansion into actual hockey markets.

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What a difference a poor season makes. It was not an issue when they were winning. However it is only 256 tickets and a legally viable option, so I do not see it being a big issue. Would you rather see yet another NHL team be placed in a financial position that would force them to be sold and/or relocated?

The financial position already exists. If a team is permitted to circumvent the system via loopholes in their appropriation of funds, it isn't fair to the other teams that provide those funds. It's a dirty maneuver to me.

What if I were a billionaire owner of the NY Rangers and bought out half of the NY Islander's tickets and threw them in the incinerator? That would tank their attendance numbers and cut their revenue sharing, likely sinking the franchise. I know that would be frowned upon, but all I'm doing is buying tickets.

An extreme example, simply because I can't think of another abuse of the system that could be applied by a team in the opposite position to illustrate the point.

The system is set up to provide funds based on certain criteria. Falsely producing that criteria doesn't sit well with me.

What if the team bought tickets equal to the amount of the 25% league revenue share? No gain to the team, but they still misappropriate funds that are better used or more deserved elsewhere. Nashville and Phoenix both failed to meet the criteria and fell to a 25% shortfall of league revenue sharing. If each % were $1M, the league could have distributed those funds equally between the two teams, $12.5M each. Instead, Nashville receives $25M by "cheating" while Phoenix receives nothing because they did not resort to the misappropriation of funds.

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