The Nashville Predators did not take long to react to yesterday’s news regarding Paul Fenton. The organization has promoted three individuals from within following Fenton’s move to the Minnesota Wild. Jeff Kealty has been named Assistant General Manager and Director of Scouting, Brian Poile becomes an Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations, and Scott Nichol has taken over the role as General Manager of the Milwaukee Admirals and Director of Player Development.
Perhaps the biggest change for the Milwaukee Admirals next season has just been triggered. The Minnesota Wild have announced that Paul Fenton will be their next General Manager. Fenton has been with the Nashville Predators since their inception as a franchise and has acted as General Manager of the Milwaukee Admirals in his time as Assistant General Manager to David Poile.
The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Filip Pyrochta to a two-year entry-level contract. The 21-year old spent last season in his native Czech Republic with Bílí Tygři Liberec. He also played two seasons in the QMJHL with both Victoriaville Tigres and Val-d’Or Foreurs. He was teammates with Anthony Richard in 2015-16 with Val-d’Or.
The American Hockey League (AHL) have approved of it’s divisional alignment for the 2018-19 season. The Central Division as we know of it from this past season is changing. The Cleveland Monsters will officially move out and join the North Division in the AHL’s Eastern Conference. Yet, their departure is minimized with the additions of both the Texas Stars and San Antonio Rampage who switch over from the Pacific Division.
It is unclear as of yet if the arrival of the Colorado Eagles to that Pacific Division will finally mean a league-wide 76-game regular season schedule or if that division will continue to play a 68-game regular season schedule. Though, based on alignment, one can hope that is he case and that the age of “points percentage” can end. All teams that worked a lesser schedule are now grouped together.
The Nashville Predators have reassigned Frédéric Allard, Brandon Bollig, Tyler Gaudet, and Emil Pettersson back to the Milwaukee Admirals. The Predators currently trail the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in their second round match-up. Game 6 is Monday night at 8:30 PM CDT and will take place at the Bell MTS Place.
The Nashville Predators have announced this morning that they have signed goaltender Miroslav Svoboda to a two-year entry-level contract. The signing of the 23-year old Czech native comes not too long after the Predators had also signed Finnish goaltender Niclas Westerholm to a three-year entry-level contract. With Troy Grosenick under contract for next season it could well be that the 2018-19 goaltending picture for the Milwaukee Admirals has already been set.
The Black Aces are finally on their way. The Nashville Predators have recalled Frédérick Gaudreau, Harry Zolnierczyk, Brandon Bollig, Tyler Gaudet, Emil Pettersson, Alex Carrier, Petter Granberg, Fred Allard, and Troy Grosenick from the Milwaukee Admirals. The Predators host the Colorado Avalanche at the Bridgestone Arena tonight at 8:30 PM CDT. A victory tonight would see the Predators through to the next round of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Nashville Predators have signed Tyler Gaudet to a new one-year, two-way contract that will keep him in the organization for the 2018-19 season. The center was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes at the NHL Trade Deadline in a package that saw Trevor Murphy, PC, as well as Derek head further West.
The Nashville Predators have recalled Anders Lindbäck from the Milwaukee Admirals. The 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs started last night for the Predators with a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche at the Bridgestone Arena. Lindbäck was listed as a healthy scratch on the night as he will serve as the team’s third goaltender for the playoff run.
The Predators next game is Saturday at 2:00 PM CDT in Nashville. The Admirals were eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday night and will end the 2017-18 regular season schedule Friday and Saturday against the Iowa Wild. The rest of the “Black Aces” are expected to be recalled following the completion of the Admirals season.
The Milwaukee Admirals have signed goaltender Kyle Hayton to an amateur try-out (ATO) contract. The 23-year old from Denver, Colorado recently completed a collegiate season in-state with the Wisconsin Badgers.