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Predators Place Cody McLeod On Waivers

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The Nashville Predators have placed forward Cody McLeod on waivers on Wednesday.

McLeod came over to Nashville last season to add some toughness and physicality to the fourth line.

Over the course of 56 games, including 15 playoff games, the 33-year old notched six goals and 152 hits, while logging 120 penalty minutes.

McLeod has been fading out of the lineup for Nashville little-by-little this season and has not seen action for close to a month.

McLeod will likely head to the AHL.

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Predators Sign Ryan Ellis to 8 Year, $50M Extension

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The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Ryan Ellis to an eight-year, $50-million contract extension, according to an official team announcement on Tuesday.

Ellis, who is in the final year of a five-year, $12.5-million deal that pays him a modest $2.5 per season, was set to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-2019 regular season but will now remain under contract through the 2026-27  season.

“Ryan is a huge part of our team on and off the ice and we are happy to have his leadership remain in our locker room for the foreseeable future,” general manager David Poile said in a release. “We have talked about wanting to keep the core of our team together, and this is another opportunity to help us do so while continuing to compete for a Stanley Cup. Ryan is entering his prime and is one of the reasons why we feel this team has a chance to win every time we step on the ice.”

Ellis only played in 44 games last season, but still poured in nine goals and 32 points for Nashville.

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Predators Won’t Re-Sign Scott Hartnell

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The 2nd tenure of Scott Hartnell with the Nashville Predators appears to be over.

Predators general manager David Poile stated on Monday that the pending unrestricted free agent won’t be offered a contract extension.

Hartnell was held scoreless in four playoff appearances and played just one game against the Colorado Avalanche in the opening round.

Hartnell dressed for 3 of the 7 games against the Winnipeg Jets, who ultimately ended the Predators’ season.

Hartnell ended his season with 13 goals and 11 assists in 62 games, playing on a one-year, $1-million contract.

 

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Preds’ P.K. Subban Says Pekka Rinne Is ‘the backbone of this team’

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The Nashville Predators are reeling after their Game 7, playoff ending, defeat at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets and many fans are pointing to goalie Pikke Rinne as the reason.

Rinne was pulled in the 1st period after giving up 2 goals on 7 shots, but despite the poor performance, Predators superstar P.K. Subban defended his teammate.

“Critics that want to criticize him don’t know what they’re talking about, I don’t care if they played in the NHL or not,” Subban said, according to Brady Trettenero of the Nation Network. “He’s the backbone of our hockey club and he’s one of the main reasons we’re here.

“I’m sick and tired of people always talking about him. He’s the backbone of this team. He’s the main reason we’re here. You talk about top goaltenders in the league it’s him, it’s (Carey) Price, it’s (Andrei) Vasilevskiy, it’s (Connor) Hellebuyck, it’s these guys. You’re lucky to have one of them.”

Rinne took responsibility after the game, telling reporters that, “It’s the most important game of the season and I let the whole team down.”

Adding that, “I feel very much responsible for our season ending at this point.”

It’s tough to imagine what Rinne is feeling, but his teammates certainly have his back after a brutal Game 7.

 

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