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Recap: Nashville Predators Skate of the Union

Here are the key takeaways from the Nashville Predators Skate of the Union Address

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The Nashville Predators held their annual Skate of the Union address Saturday at Bridgestone Arena. Here are a few of the highlights:

Peter Laviolette gets contract extension

The Predators made sure that Peter Laviolette isn’t going anywhere, signing him to a two-year contract extension keeping him in Nashville through 2020-21.

In two seasons with the Predators, Laviolette has made the playoffs both years and guided the team to their third highest point total (104) in 2014. Last year under Laviolette, Nashville made it to the second round of the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.

Nashville has never had a personality quite like P.K. Subban

P.K. Subban is always good for a quote. His larger-than-life personality sets him apart from nearly every other player on Nashville’s roster.

Here are some things we learned about Subban on Saturday:

  • He is a fan of Eric Church
  • If he wasn’t a hockey player he would be a dentist because he enjoys “pulling people’s teeth out”
  • His walk out song would be “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” by Will Smith
  • He plans on taking James Neal’s title of best dressed on the team
  • He has been keeping a close eye on the well dressed guys on the team, specifically Roman Josi

Mike Fisher was a good choice to replace Shea Weber as captain

As Fisher spoke about how he plans to replace Weber this season, Fisher was humble but confident about his team’s chances of winning a Stanley Cup.

“It’s a special thing for me,” Fisher said of being named captain. “So many other guys on this team could have been named captain.

“This is one of the best groups I’ve ever been a part of. I really believe we can win.”

Fisher does not want to replace Weber, but continue with what Weber started.

“I might be a little more vocal,” Fisher said. “I just want to build on some of the leadership he (Weber) provided.”

Quotes from Saturday

  • Peter Laviolette on opening the season against the Blackhawks: “I couldn’t have hand picked a better opening night opponent.”
  • Peter Laviolette on Nashville’s strategy for 3-on-3 overtime: “We’ve already started working on it.”
  • President Sean Henry on the possibility of Nashville hosting a Winter Classic: “We’re probably about a year away.”
  • General Manager David Poile on the expansion draft: “Right now it’s no surprise that we would protect four of our defensemen and four forwards.”