On the eve of the playoffs, the Nashville Predators have earned an accolade. BMO Capital Markets' Doug Porter analyzed the return-on-investment for each of the NHL's 30 clubs, determining which earned the most points per million spent in payroll.
The Nashville Predators are the Hockey Cents champions this year. Nashville earned more than two points for every million spent, finishing with more than 100 points, even with one of the lowest outlays in the league. Nashville made it to the Conference semi-finals last year, and ended the regular season on a strong note.
The Preds finished the season with a salary cap number of roughly $51.6 million, an actual salary outlay of $54 million and with a record of 48-26-8, good for 104 points, fourth place in the Western Conference, earning home-ice advantage for the first time.
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The year-old North American Soccer League on Tuesday renewed the contract of its commissioner and said it is talking to prospective owners in no fewer than 20 cities about expanding beyond its eight-team base. SBNation says Nashville is among them.
We all know the Nashville Predators prize longevity and the franchise's ownership group proved so again Monday, extending the contract of General Manager David Poile through the 2014-15 campaign. Poile, who has been in his job since the Predators hit the ice 14 years ago, will have at his side Assistant GM Paul Fenton, who also has been given a new deal.
“The consistent success of the Predators on the ice is directly attributed to his ability to assemble and lead a team of management, coaches, scouts and administrators who continually identify, draft, develop and motive an exceptional group of experienced and young players. The ownership group believes that under his leadership, the Nashville Predators will soon achieve its goal of winning the Stanley Cup.”
The Nashville Predators have renewed their minor-league affiliation agreement with the Milwaukee Admirals through the 2013-'14 season. The clubs, which have been partners since the Preds' inaugural season in 1998, also have an option for the 2014-'15 campaign.
The Milwaukee Admirals have cultivated a winning tradition, as evidenced by their nine consecutive trips to the playoffs – including a Calder Cup Championship in 2004 and another appearance in the Calder Cup Finals in 2006. Led by Harris Turer, the Milwaukee ownership group has assembled a bright and dedicated staff headed by President Jon Greenberg, that has created a major league environment for our prospects.
The Cromwell Group's 102.5 The Game will be the broadcast home of the Nashville Sounds this summer, broadcasting 135 of 144 Sounds games.
"We are thrilled to partner with a growing sports station in the market and to expand our on-air broadcasts to include the majority of our games," said Sounds general manager Brad Tammen.
"We are very excited to be partnering with the Nashville Sounds. 102.5 The Game is locally owned and part of our continuing efforts is to serve the local community. Nashville Sounds baseball has been providing great sports entertainment here for over 34 years and is a perfect fit for us," said 102.5 The Game station manager Jeff Kolb.
Games not broadcast on radio include the following nine dates: April 18, April 24, May 2, May 7, May 9, May 15, June 13, June 26, and August 8. These games will be available to Sounds fans via live internet webcast based at www.nashvillesounds.com.
In addition, a few Sounds broadcasts that conflict with Nashville Predators games will instead air as a simulcast on 102.1 FM, 101.9 FM, and 830 AM. These games include: April 5, April 7, and any potential conflicting Predators playoff games.
Jeff Hem, the new "Voice of the Sounds," will be behind the microphone for all broadcasts during his first season in the Music City. He joined the club in January after spending the previous seven years with the Single-A Kane County Cougars in the Chicagoland market.