We are only 53 days away from the puck dropping against Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Nashville Predators preseason opener. Predators hockey is just a measly 5 weeks away, we’re slowly but surely getting there.
Let’s get right to it, here are your Predlines Headlines:
The 25-year-old forward completed his first season in North America last year and posted decent numbers in the AHL with Milwaukee (26 points in 48 games). Moser was also called-up to Nashville and played in six games where he tallied one goal and one assist. Those “decent numbers” don’t earn a pay raise, and that is what Moser was after as a restricted free agent this offseason.
This is an awesome article written by Larry Fisher of The Daily Courier giving a little insight on the relationship between 20-year-old rookie forward Colton Sissons and elite defenseman Shea Weber. Both Weber and Sissons are alumni of the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets. It’s pretty neat to hear Sissons’s thoughts during his first-ever experience with the Predators, along with Weber’s thoughts toward Sissons.
I think Rich Clune is a very interesting player to look at in the previews for next season. Clune is undoubtedly a fan favorite; always looking to drop the gloves and is a hall-of-fame chirper on the ice, but where does he fit into head coach Peter Laviolette’s system?
Clune brings energy to the ice 99 percent of the time he steps onto it, but the question is do you play an energy guy that is rarely on the points sheet as much as last year (58 games) or dress him against specific opponents and limit his appearances to below that number of 58? My prediction: Clune sees much less time on the ice next year. No hard feelings Dicky.
Bleacher Report has chosen the best free-agent acquisitions this offseason for each NHL team. Their vote for Nashville goes to Mike Ribeiro. That choice is no real surprise, I think most would agree that he was the best acquisition that general manager David Poile and the Predators acquired. Ribeiro’s expectations by the fans on Twitter seem to be pretty high. It will be interesting to see if Ribeiro can become the 50-plus point scorer he used to be.
The free-agent signing that has gotten almost zero love on social media is defenseman Anton Volchenkov, don’t forgot about him, he will play a very large role for the Predators this season.