Nashville Predators Wrap-Up: A Stanley Cup Champion About to be Crowned

As the playoffs wind down and we move closer to the draft and free agency, more Nashville Predators news should start coming at a rapid pace.

The long wait for the new season to start for the Nashville Predators rolls along, and we’ll continue to bring you news and fun social media posts from the team and players.

There will be lots of news and announcements from the Nashville Predators in this shortened offseason as they try to stay relevant in the Western Conference.

The Stanley Cup Finals are upon us. The NHL has official dates set for the draft and free agency quicklyafter the champions are crowned.

The Predators have a lot of business to take care of between now and the beginning of next season.

This week we take a look at the official draft dates, a new assistant coach for the Predators, and some hockey guys playing golf.

Welcome Assistant Coach Dan Hinote

On September 10, the Predators filled a vacant assistant coaching slot with former player and Stanley Cup champion, Dan Hinote.

Hinote spent nine years in the NHL, playing for the Colorado Avalanches and the St. Louis Blues. In 2001, Hinote added Stanley Cup champion to his resume. While in St. Louis, he shared the ice with TV commentator Chris Mason.

Hinote will mainly be responsible for working with the penalty kill but will also look to connect with the players and help them to be a stronger team in the long run.

Hinote spent time as an assistant with the Columbus Blue Jackets and with the USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.

Welcome to Nashville, Dan.

2020 NHL Draft and Free Agency Dates

The NHL announced that the 2020 NHL Draft would take place virtually on October 6 and 7.

The Nashville Predators will pick at number 11 in the first round. The New York Rangers have the 1st overall pick and are expected to pick forward Alexis Lafreniere.

Check out Site Expert Chad Minton’s article detailing some players that the Predators could target with the 11th pick.

The NHL also announced that free agency plans to officially begin on October 9. The Predators have seven full-time roster players and six prospect players who are free agents this year.

Former Predators Coach Lands A New Job

Per Darren Dreger, the Washington Capitals have hired former Predators coach Peter Laviolette as their new head coach, replacing Todd Reirden. Laviolette agreed to a three-year deal with the Capitals.

Laviolette spent six seasons with the Predators before being replaced by John Hynes in January.

Laviolette led the Predators to the playoffs in every season he coached, including the Stanley Cup Finals in 2017.

Predators Host The Brent Peterson Foundation Golf Tournament

Head Coach John Hynes, Roman JosiRocco Grimaldi ,along with broadcasters Chris Mason, Hal Gill, and Willy Daunic participated in the Brent Peterson Foundation for Parkinsons golf tournament.

Here is a little bit about the Peterson Foundation from their website.

The Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s (PFP) mission is to support and enhance lives of people with Parkinson’s, their care partners, and their families to achieve their highest possible quality of life through awareness, education, and programs within a caring community.

It’s great to see Predators players, coaches, and broadcasters having fun and participating in a charitable event such as this.

So Many Future Predators Fans

The Predators’ organization is experiencing a bit of a baby boom. Three players announced that their families would be expanding in the near future.

Congratulations to Roman Josi, Austin Watson, Pekka Rinne, and their significant others on the good news.

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All indications point to some significant changes with the team in an unprecedented offseason that will move rapidly.

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