Yesterday marked a historic day in Nashville Predator’s history.
The local ownership group now owns more than 95% of franchise shares. I repeat, local businessmen own 95% of the Nashville Predators.
While this blog could cover all the little details and misconceptions about this purchase, I have confidence that the committed fans are familiar enough with the situation to know all the details. We may not be large in number, but you have never met a fanbase with more passion for this game.
The hockey season is right around the corner, and Nashville fans have to be excited for the upcoming season. This has arguably been the best offseason (on and off the ice) in franchise history.
1. Dumped cap by getting rid of a player who did not fit the mentality of the team.
2. Acquired a young, NHL ready shut down defenseman for nothing.
3. Avoided paying an overrated defenseman.
4. Added a speedy center with x factor potential.
5. Resigned the first home grown 30G scorer in franchise history.
6. Named Shea “Freaking” Weber Captain. The first homegrown Captain in franchise history.
7. In February, the Predators announced Bridgestone as long-term naming rights partner for the arena, a locally-headquartered company.
8. Introduced Jeff Cogen as CEO and Sean Henry as President and COO.
9. Sign homegrown prospect Blake Geoffrion to an NHL contract. Geoffrion, by the way, won the Hobey Baker last year as the NCAA’s college hockey player of the year.
10. Reaffirm a commitment to help grow the game by expanding youth hockey in the Middle Tennessee area.
11. Added a wild car player with tons of potential.
12. Have a log jam at every position in what is anticipated to be the most competitive camp in the history of the franchise.
Let’s go PREDATORS!
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Written by Chris Rydburg
Chris currently attends my Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He hopes to one day be a high school teacher.