Preds Close The Book On '11-12 Season

Wednesday, 05.09.2012 / 9:17 PM / Features
By Doug Brumley  - Nashville Predators

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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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