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Preds Close The Book On '11-12 Season

Wednesday, 05.9.2012 / 8:17 PM CT / Features
By Doug Brumley  - Nashville Predators
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Preds Close The Book On \'11-12 Season

The Nashville Predators cleared out their lockers, conducted final meetings and bid farewell to each other on Wednesday, two days after the team was eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“It’s not fun,” team captain Shea Weber said. “Obviously you still want to be playing right now and it’s tough to say bye to all your teammates for the summer, but it is what it is.”

Players completed exit physicals with the medical staff and exit interviews with management before speaking with the media, autographing a few items and heading their separate ways. General manager David Poile and head coach Barry Trotz are scheduled to conduct their year-end press conferences Thursday morning.

Four Predators—Roman Josi, Martin Erat, and Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn—will play on as members of their respective national teams in the 2012 IIHF World Championships, which are under way in Finland and Sweden and continue through May 20.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, players were well aware that the team’s roster could look very different when next season rolls around. Fifteen players are scheduled to enter free agency—eight as unrestricted free agents and seven as restricted free agents—making for a busy off-season for GM Poile.

One of those restricted free agents, Alexander Radulov, said he was happy with his March decision to return to the Predators after his Kontinental Hockey League season ended in Russia. When it comes to next season, he’s taking a wait-and-see approach.

“I would like to come back but I have no contract and we’ll see what it’s going to be in the summer,” he said. “It’s been two days since the season was over so it’s hard to talk about it right now.”

When teammates Mike Fisher and Pekka Rinne were asked if they had recently tried to persuade Ryan Suter -- the team's highest profile unrestricted free agent -- to re-sign with Nashville, both said they had been laying the groundwork.

“I’ve been lobbying all year,” Fisher said with a laugh.

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 9 2 5 4 7
R. Johansen 9 3 3 1 6
R. Josi 9 0 6 -3 6
S. Weber 9 2 3 -4 5
M. Ekholm 9 3 1 2 4
J. Neal 9 2 1 -3 3
M. Fisher 9 2 1 -3 3
F. Forsberg 9 1 2 -6 3
C. Smith 6 1 1 3 2
R. Ellis 9 0 2 0 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 4 5 0 .915 2.48
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .000 0.00