Monthly Archives: August 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Wade Belak Found Dead in Toronto Condo

The Calgary Sun (@calgarysun) broke news via Twitter at 4:25 CST today that “Wade Belak has been found dead in a downtown Toronto condo”. Belak, a former Toronto Maple Leaf, Calgary Flame, Florida Panther, and Colorado Avalanche, was supposed to be on Battle of the Blades on CBC this year.

BREAKING NEWS: Via Josh Cooper, Bouillon Won't Be Ready For Camp

Just announced in Josh Cooper’s Tennessean blog, defenseman Francis Bouillon won’t be ready for training camp here in a couple weeks. “Just got off the phone with Predators General Manager David Poile, and received some tough news for Nashville. Defenseman Francis Bouillon (concussion) “will probably not be ready for camp,” Poile said. “He has his […]

Bucking the Trend? Nashville and Three Others Look to do so

29 times. That’s the total number of times a team who has lost in the Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals has come back the next season and either lost in a later round or won the Cup itself. Since the 1974-1975 season (changing the playoff format to four rounds and two conferences), I looked at the […]

Hockey Players + Wild Animals = Predators Day at the Nashville Zoo

There are a ton of activities going on this weekend in Nashville, and almost all of them revolve around the Nashville Predators. On Saturday, a 5K run, a small get-together at the Bridgestone Arena with Gnash, Ice Girls, and the Nashville Rollergirls (who are insanely awesome), the “Sled Preds” (a youth sled hockey program) took […]

Pariah or Prodigy?

“To me, he’s taken a step back…because it’s not about his ability, it’s about his mind-set and he’s taken a step back. He has to step forward.” This was a very popular quote by coach Barry Trotz in the waning moments of the 2010-2011 regular season for the Nashville Predators, speaking of a player who […]

What Does David Poile Know?

As a two time nominated GM of the year candidate and seen throughout the NHL as the GM who can do the most with so very little (similar to his coach, Barry Trotz), David Poile has been put on the hot seat this summer for his moves or lack thereof in regards to building a […]

The Stat Book: S-A-TUR-DAY Night! Who was the best?

It’s been a very interesting and busy month here at The Predatorial, so I figured I would reward myself, the blog, you readers, and anyone else I haven’t mentioned, by straying off the Gold/Blue-lined road for just a moment to delve into the wonderful world of sports statistics that can be OH SO FUN to […]

NEWS FLASH: Rookie Camp Opens Sept. 10, 21 players invited

September 10th, 2011 will be the start of the Nashville Predators rookie training camp that will culminate in a pair of games against the Tampa Bay/Florida Panthers rookie squads on September 12th and 13th in Florida. 21 total players will be coming to this year’s rookie camp, 12 forwards, 7 defenseman, and 2 goalies. The […]

Alexander Semin as a Nashville Predator?

Could there be a remote possibility of Alexander Semin coming to join the Nashville Predators? Semin has offensive skill in leaps and bounds over any current Predator, but there are concerns dealing with his off-ice persona and his on-ice commitments. Through correspondence with Dave Nichols of Caps Network News and Angie Lewis of the Washington […]

Nashville Would Benefit/Stumble From Possible NHL Rule Changes, pt. 2

Yesterday, we discussed many of the numerous changes being kicked around by the NHL GM’s and coaches in regards to what should and shouldn’t be instituted in the upcoming season of NHL hockey. Some of the other changes that we did not hit on will be covered in this article including hybrid icing, clear strips between the […]

Nashville Would Benefit/Stumble From Possible NHL Rule Changes

Over the past two days, the NHL tested some minor and radical rule changes that could possibly be implemented for the upcoming season if so chosen to be by the league. Some of these changes are very plausible and could be very likely come October and some are simply, for lack of a better word, […]

The Resurgence of Patric Hornqvist

Players throughout the storied history of hockey have made a home in front of the net. Past warriors like Bobby Orr to Rick Tocchet and in the present Tomas Holmstrom to Thomas Vanek. These rough and ready owners-of-the-paint give goaltenders nightmares and draw the rage of opposing players for their ability to hinder the goalies […]

Banner Chances in Nashville this Season

Although Nashville’s off-season has been lackluster thus far, you would be hard pressed to say that their chances of getting back to the Stanley Cup playoffs have been dashed. Losing Dumont, Sullivan, Ward, and Goc took a toll on the franchise, however the Predators current roster still sits around even keel with where they were […]

The Case for Andrei Kostitsyn-Predator Edition

After sounding off to the media about his problems with head coach Jacques Martin, Andrei Kostitsyn is getting a ton of press in and around Canada about whether or not the Montreal Canadiens should ship him out. What better place than to a team that stresses defense-first and is looking for a sniper, a team […]