Signed as a free agent prior to the team's kickoff season of 1998-99, Henderson played primarily for the Milwaukee Admirals, getting into only two scoreless, shotless games for Nashville as they closed out the string in April. Just before the next season he was traded to Philadelphia for Paul Healey, who never suited up for the Preds.
Pivko played three seasons for Milwaukee, but did get into one NHL game on November 24 2003, as the Predators played at Colorado, failing to impact the scoresheet in just a few minutes of action. In 2006 he was traded to Pittsburgh in a deal which brought back a draft pick which became Ryan Thang.
The Alexander Radulov story was an emotional roller coaster ride which came to a rotten end for all parties concerned. As an up-and-comer during the 2006-7 and 2007-8 seasons, Rads showed the kind of goal-scoring flair that Predators fans had long dreamed of having in the lineup, and as a Nashville draftee it appeared that he would help usher in a new era for the team as the Predators' first homegrown elite scorer.
Well, we all know how that turned out. In the summer of 2008 he skipped out on his contract and fled to the KHL, winning accolades in subsequent seasons as the top player in his home country while Nashville struggled offensively. Against all odds he decided to come back just as the Preds were gearing up for the 2012 playoffs, thrilling fans with his eye-popping skill and stoking hopes of a deep post-season run. Then, of course, came the late-night escapades with Andrei Kostitsyn during the Phoenix series, which brought the good times to a sudden end, and the team closed the book on Radulov for good just weeks later.
In total, Radulov recorded 47 goals and 55 assists in 154 regular season games, and six goals with eight assists in 18 playoff games for Nashville. Next summer, he will be eligible for unrestricted free agency. Might he return someday to Bridgestone Arena wearing enemy colors?
Which of these #47's gets your vote as the best in Nashville Predators history? Let the debate commence...