About Nashville Predators
The Nashville Predators were founded in 1997 and started playing in the NHL a year later. As with many new teams the beginnings weren’t easy going with the team not qualifying to postseason in first five years but tides have settled and the Predators made playoffs in seven seasons in last ten years. They are yet to advance a conference finals rounds or win a division title but there’s definitely a progress in right direction.
The franchise is part of Central Division in Western Conference, their colours are gold, navy and white and their official mascot, Gnash and he was famously placed on injury list of the team in season 2014-15 due to broken leg. The mascot persisted at the job and spent most of that season making appearances in a wheelchair. Talk about commitment!
The Predators are coached by Peter Laviolette, a former defenceman that spent majority of his playing time in minor leagues. After retiring from the sport he coached in minor leagues making his NHL coaching debut in 2003 with the Hurricanes which he led to the Stanley Cup few seasons later.
He became the Predators’ coach in 2014 and help the team to set a franchise record nine consecutive wins at home in 2015.
The franchise has trust in their goaltender, Pekka Rinne who they drafted in 2004 and who made first appearance for the team in 2005-06 season. He slowly started gaining more time on ice which resulted in much better game and Rinne started setting many franchise’s records and in 2015 he was a finalist to Vezina Trophy (top goaltender).
With goal post having covered for another several years the franchise could focus on other pieces of their team.
And that long lasting piece is supposed to be Shea Weber which the team signed to 14 year offer sheet worth 110 million dollars which it turned out to be the richest NHL offer in terms of money, length.
And playing in defence, Weber who played for the Predators since 2005, has a lot of to show and offer as he would be on top or near the top in points scored by a defenceman, he was chosen to 4 NHL All-Star Games, he is yet to win the Norris Trophy (best defence player) but he’s been a finalist to it several times. He might not have yet amassed plenty of trophies but his playing time is very valuable for the team.
He’ll be supported by James Neal (forward) and Mike Riberio (center) who both joined the franchise in 2014-15 season to further bolster up the team providing valuable experience to the younger teammates.
Perhaps, the Stanley Cup might be just a bit out of touch for the team now, but nothing stands in the way to grab it in near future