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Kyle Turris Talks About Not Signing In Ottawa

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Nashville Predators’ Kyle Turris is preparing to take the ice against the Vancouver Cancuks, he is still talking about his former team, the Ottawa Senators, and had plenty to say about his tenure and departure from the franchise.

Turris was dealt from Ottawa to Nashville and promptly signed a six-year extension with the Preds for an average annual value of $6M.

Turris and Senators GM Pierre Dorion have had a disagreeing point of view about contract negotiations, or lack there of, between Turris and Ottawa during his time there.

Turris is now pointing the finger of blame on Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk.

“It’s tough because I think management did want to sign me, but I think that the owner [Melnyk] didn’t. And that was his decision” Turris said of the Senators’ decision to not sign him to a new contract, according to Josh Clipperton of the Canadian Press.

Ottawa has gone downhill since the trade and appears to be on the verge of a firesale approaching the NHL trade deadline.

 

 

 

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Predators’ Pekka Rinne Activated From Injured Reserve

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The Nashville Predators have activated veteran franchise goaltender Pekka Rinne, has been out for around 10 days following a collision with teammate Kevin Fiala, from the injured reserve list, the team officially announced on Wednesday.

In a corresponding move, Nashville assigned Troy Grosenich to the minors.

Rinne, 35, and the team continue to negotiate a contract extension but there isn’t anything imminent regarding those talks, according to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.

 

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Predators Acquire Nick Baptiste from Sabres for Jack Dougherty

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The Nashville Predators have acquired forward Nick Baptiste from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Jack Doughtery in a trade that was announced by both teams on Monday.

Baptiste appeared in 33 games for the Sabres last season, scoring 4 goals and notching 2 assists. Baptiste was Buffalo’s 2013 third-round draft pick.

Dougherty has played the past 2 seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s AHL affiliate team, where he registered 1 goal and picked up 11 assists over 63 games with the team last season.

 

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Scott Hartnell Announces Retirement

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After 17 seasons in the NHL, Scott Hartnell is calling it a career.

Hartnell announced his retirement on Monday by posting the following on his official Twitter page:

Every young kid from a small town across Canada dreams of playing a game in the NHL … I was fortunate enough to play 1,249 of them.

A huge thank you to the Nashville Predators (twice), the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Columbus Blue Jackets. You are all world class organizations and it was an honor playing for your cities! (Seventeen) years in the NHL was the best job anyone could ever ask for. The games, the fans, the travel, the hotels, the food, the pregame soccer games, are just some of the things that I will always remember and miss. …

Thanks again to my family, friends & all of the fans that cheered for me (and against) along the way. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my wife Katie and son Wesley. Cheers to the NHL, and the next phase of life!

Hartnell accumulated 327 goals and 380 assists in 1,249 games throughout his career and spent his final season with the Nashville Predators last year.

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