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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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STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 51 25 19 7 113 121 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 53 10 27 -2 37
S. Weber 53 14 21 -4 35
F. Forsberg 53 15 18 -6 33
M. Ribeiro 53 6 27 3 33
J. Neal 53 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 53 6 16 3 22
R. Ellis 52 6 15 2 21
C. Smith 53 11 6 -1 17
C. Jarnkrok 52 9 7 0 16
C. Wilson 36 4 12 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 17 7 .904 2.50
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36