The Predators signed Rocco Grimaldi to a one-year contract worth $1.0M (via arbitration).
Grimaldi had 13 points (5G / 8A) in 53 games with the Predators before adding three goals in five playoff games. The diminutive forward should open 2020 in the Predators’ bottom-6 after a solid showing in the second-half of 2019.
The Predators have signed Colton Sissons to a seven-year contract extension worth $20.0 million ($2.857M AAV).
Sissons set career-bests in goals (15) and points (30) in 75 games a season go. Sissons is an integral part of the Predators bottom-6, ranking second on the team in faceoffs (53.1 percent), first among Predators forwards in SH TOI/GM (1:59) and hits (109). It is the type of contract you don’t see very often for a player with Sissons role but the Predators are making a long-term commitment to him.
The Predators have signed Daniel Carr to a one-year deal worth $700K.
The Predators have signed Matt Duchene to a seven-year contract worth $56.0M ($8.0M AAV).
The Predators acquired Jeremy Davies, Steven Santini, a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 second-round pick from the Devils for P.K. Subban.
Davies was a seventh-round pick of the Devils in 2016 and is coming off of his Junior year at Northeastern University, where he had 36 points (8G / 28A) in 37 games.
The Predators acquired Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies, a 2019 second-round pick and a 2020 second-round pick from the Devils for P.K. Subban.
Santini, who is a former second-round pick (2013), is a big (6-foot-2, 205 lbs) defensive-defenseman. The 24-year-old has just 21 points (5G / 16A) in 114 career NHL games but should be more than capable of eating up 15 minutes per night on the Predators third pairing.
The Predators have acquired Connor Ingram from the Lightning for a 2021 seventh-round pick.
Ingram, who was selected in the third-round (No.88 overall) in 2016, split his 2018-19 season between the AHL and ECHL. The 22-year-old was 14-7-0 with a 2.26 GAA and .922 SV% with Syracuse (AHL) and 8-2-0 with a 2.81 GAA and .914 SV% with Orlando (ECHL). With Pekka Rinne entering his age-37 season, Ingram could serve as the Predators’ future No.2 behind Juuse Saros.
The Predators have signed Jarred Tinordi to a two-year, two-way contract.
Tinordi spent the entire 2018-19 season with Milwaukee (AHL), where he had eight goals and 14 assists (22 points) in 75 games. Tinordi will likely be one of the first defenseman called-up if the Predators run into any injury concerns next season. He has six assists in 53 career NHL games with the Canadiens and Coyotes.
The Predators signed Mathieu Olivier to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Olivier is an undrafted centre who played five years in the QMJHL, where he had 27 goals and 22 assists (49 points) with Sherbrooke in his final season. Olivier turned pro this year, collecting four goals and eight assists (12 points) in 54 games with Milwaukee (AHL).
Rinne game up five goals on 26 shots in the Predators 5-3 loss to the Stars in Game 5. After a hot-start to the playoffs, Rinne has give up a combined nine goals on just 34 shots (.735 SV%) in the last two games. The series now shifts back to Dallas where Rinne turned in a sparking 40-save performance in a Game 3 win but was also pulled just 14 minutes into a Game 4 blowout loss. If Nashville wants to keep their season alive, Rinne will need to be at his best tonight.
Source: 04/22/19, 11:00 am EST
Grimaldi (undisclosed) is on the ice for warmups for Game 5.
Grimaldi missed Friday’s practice and was listed as a game-time decision but will play in Game 5 vs. the Stars. Grimaldi has provided a spark for the Predators since being inserted in the lineup in Game 2, scoring two goals on eight shots in three games.
Rinne led the Predators onto the ice for warmups for Game 5.
Rinne was pulled after allowing four goals on eight shots in the Predators 5-1 loss in Dallas in Game 4. Rinne was hung out to dry early in the contest and it resulted in a short night for the veteran netminder. The series heads back to Nashville, where Rinne stopped 48 of the 52 shots (.923 SV%) in the first two games of the series.
Source: Mike Heika 04/20/19, 3:56 pm EST
Rinne will start Game 4 in Dallas.
Salomaki (upper-body) is expected to return to the lineup for Game 3.
Salomaki has been out since January 4th but is expected to replace Wayne Simmonds in Game 3. Salomaki had three goals and four assists in 37 games this season and is expected to replace Calle Jarnkrok and Rocco Grimaldi on the fourth-line.
Rinne will start Game 3 in Dallas.
Rinne stooped 22 of 23 shots in the Predators 2-1 overtime win in Game 2. Rinne has been far less busy than Ben Bishop through two games but has played just as well, stopping 48 of the 52 shots (.923 SV%) that he has faced so far. Rinne was solid on the road this year, posting a .915 SV% in 27 appearances, so the series shifting to Dallas should not affect him too much.
Rinne led the Predators onto the ice for warmups.
Rinne will likely start Game 2 vs. the Stars.
Rinne will start Game 1 vs. the Stars.
Rinne had another solid season, finishing 10th in wins (30) and GAA (2.42) and tied for 11th in SV% (.918). The Predators draw a first-round matchup with the Stars, who Rinne went 1-2-0 with a 2.77 GAA and .916 SV% against this season. The 36-year-old was 7-6 with a 3.07 GAA, .904 SV% and two shutouts in 13 playoff games a year ago.