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Predators make coaching change

Posted: April 14, 2014

The Nashville Predators are moving on without the man who led the team on the ice from Day 1.

Barry Trotz will not return for a 16th season as head coach, the team announced after a Tennessean report, but he is being offered a position within the team's hockey operations department.

"Our organization has high expectations and we have not met them in the past two seasons," general manager David Poile said in a press release. "As a result, it is my decision and determination that we need a new voice and a new direction. Our change in direction began over a year ago as we have made several personnel changes, including trading of long-time veteran players and a change to our coaching staff last offseason. Our goal is to return to the playoffs with the ultimate goal of contending for the Stanley Cup. We know that once we get into the playoffs, anything is possible

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Predators finish season on a high note

Posted: April 13, 2014

The Nashville Predators finished strong, even if was for naught.

The Minnesota Wild are hoping this is only the start.

Craig Smith had two goals and two assists, and the Predators used a second-period barrage against goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to beat the playoff-bound Wild 7-3 on Sunday.

"Like the last exhibition game before the start of a season, always happy to have that one over with," Wild coach Mike Yeo said.


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Rinne earns shutout against Coyotes

Posted: April 11, 2014

Pekka Rinne’s milestone win dealt a serious blow to Phoenix's playoff hopes.

Rinne made 29 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-0 win over the Coyotes on Thursday night.

Craig Smith and Patric Hornqvist scored for Nashville, which has won four of its last five.

"This group, as I have been saying all year, has a lot of character," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "There's only one way to play, and that's play the right way. This group plays the right way." 

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Predators disappoint Blackhawks fans

Posted: April 11, 2014

Predators coach Barry Trotz knew it was going to be one of those days when he went for lunch near downtown Saturday and all he could see was a sea of red.

Many of the sold-out Bridgestone Arena crowd of 17,355 at the Predators' final home game were supporters of the Blackhawks.

"I think it's great for the economic times in Nashville downtown," Trotz said. "I went for lunch today and all I saw was red all over. I saw a Blackhawks flag at one of the venues. I thought it would be really special that all these people come to Nashville and love the downtown. That would give us some motivation to let them come downtown and go home sad. That was my goal."


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