Today, however, is a very slow news day heading into a three-day weekend in the US.
Nashville Predators News & Notes
2019 Nashville Predators Prospect Rankings: #5 — #1 | On the Forecheck
It's here! Time to debate what makes a prospect the best prospect as Eric wraps up the first part of a great series on the Preds’ prospects.
2018-2019 Nashville Predators Player Reviews: Matt Irwin | On the Forecheck
"Matt Irwin was...a part of the team this season." Rachel brings the definitive statements in this Matt Irwin report card.
Other News & Notes
NHL’s decision to not reopen CBA offers cautious hope for labour peace | Sportsnet.ca
I don't know how to live in a world where Gary Bettman has managed to avoid a lockout, but I'm willing to give it a shot.
Hockey Canada backfills women's schedule with more camps, ice time | Sportsnet.ca
Hockey Canada is working in parallel with the PWHPA to try to get players icetime, especially in the cities that had a CWHL team this time last year. It's good to see them trying to get something done; it would be better if someone were actually funding a league completely, but in the meantime this is much better than nothing.
Markov prefers Canadiens return; agent says multiple teams calling | Sportsnet.ca
No offense meant to Andrei Markov, but at his age and with what it sounds like his 2018-19 was like, I'd be okay with it if none of those teams were the Predators.
Holtby’s future uncertain heading into contract year | ProHockeyTalk
For years Braden Holtby was ridiculously good and the Capitals were...disappointing around him. He'd had the highest career postseason save percentage ever and no goal support. Now he has a Cup ring and had a rocky year getting there. It's smart of the Caps not to sign a goalie Holtby's age to term and $$$$$, but it sucks for Holtby if they don't.
Oilers' Jesse Puljujarvi scores in debut for Finnish club Oulun Karpat | Sportsnet.ca
Fly, baby bird! Be free!
That goes for all of you, too—safe travels if you’re traveling, and have a good weekend!