Saturday, September 24, 2011

Nashville Predators Make the First Major Cuts of the Preseason

After Saturday's game against Winnipeg, The Nashville Predators cleared plenty of space in the locker room by sending  17 players to Milwaukee and back to their junior teams.

That leaves 30 healthy players in camp as Mike Fisher, Francis Bouillon, and Blake Geoffrion are all sitting out with injuries at this time.

Make the jump for the full release from the Preds with the disposition of all players in camp...

Preds Trim Training Camp Roster to 33
-Club sends 17 players to Milwaukee -

Nashville, Tenn. (September 24, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced tonight that the club has assigned forwards Taylor Beck, Ryan Flynn, Jani Lajunen, Michael Latta, Juuso Puustinen, Josh Shalla, Robert Slaney; defensemen Taylor Aronson, Victor Bartley and Charles-Olivier Roussel and goaltenders Atte Engren and Chet Pickard to Milwaukee. Forwards Brodie Dupont and Ben Ryan were placed on the non-roster injured list.

The Predators also released forwards Joel Champagne and Mark Van Guilder; and defensemen Jeff Foss, Scott Ford and Scott Valentine from Professional or Amateur Tryout Agreements (ATOs/PTOs), with all five expected to attend the opening of Milwaukee’s training camp on Monday.

The transactions leave Nashville’s Training Camp roster at 33 players – 19 forwards, 11 defensemen and three goaltenders. Players by position currently participating in camp are as follows:

FORWARDS (19): Niclas Bergfors, Gabriel Bourque, Martin Erat, Mike Fisher, Blake Geoffrion, Matt Halischuk, Patric Hornqvist, Sergei Kostitsyn, David Legwand, Chris Mueller, Cal O'Reilly, Craig Smith, Jerred Smithson, Nick Spaling, Zack Stortini, Ryan Thang, Jordin Tootoo, Colin Wilson and Kyle Wilson

DEFENSEMEN (11): Teemu Laakso, Jonathon Blum, Francis Bouillon, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Jack Hillen, Roman Josi, Kevin Klein, Tyler Sloan, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber

GOALTENDERS (3): Anders Lindback, Pekka Rinne and Jeremy Smith.

The Predators hit the ice for their second of three home preseason contests on Wednesday night when the Washington Capitals come to town (7 p.m. CT, 102.5 FM The Game). The club’s annual PredsFest game will be the preseason finale on Oct. 1 vs. Carolina. Tickets all preseason games are still available.

Season tickets for the 2011-12 Nashville Predators season in Smashville are on sale now and start at just $19 per game. Great interest-free payment plans are currently available for Full Season, Half Season and Flex 12 packages. For information on all our season ticket packages, visit or contact a ticket representative at 615-770-7800.

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