The Nashville Predators are moving closer to their opening day roster as they sent three players to Milwaukee, leaving the roster at 27, which includes Mike Fisher and Frankie Bouillon who will not be available to start the season.
If the Preds carry the full 23 men to open the season, there would likely be only one more defenseman and a forward left to be sent down. With few games in the first couple of weeks of the season, they could carry 22 players.
There is also a chance that they could pick up an additional player on the waiver wire or pull of a trade like last year's move at the end of camp that brought Shane O'Brien to the team.
It is probable that the final cuts will come on Monday. Click here to see the current roster.
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NASHVILLE PREDATORS SEND THREE PLAYERS TO MILWAUKEE
-Roster now sits at 27 -
Nashville, Tenn. (October 1, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced tonight that the club has assigned forwards Gabriel Bourque and Chris Mueller, and defenseman Tyler Sloan to the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals. Defenseman Roman Josi was also placed on injured reserve, and will report to Milwaukee to start the season.
The transactions leave Nashville’s Training Camp roster at 27 players – 16 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders. Players by position currently participating in camp are as follows:
FORWARDS (16): Niclas Bergfors, Martin Erat, Mike Fisher, Blake Geoffrion, Matt Halischuk, Patric Hornqvist, Sergei Kostitsyn, David Legwand, Cal O'Reilly, Craig Smith, Jerred Smithson, Nick Spaling, Zack Stortini, Jordin Tootoo, Colin Wilson and Kyle Wilson
DEFENSEMEN (9): Teemu Laakso, Jonathon Blum, Francis Bouillon, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Jack Hillen, Kevin Klein, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber
GOALTENDERS (2): Anders Lindback and Pekka Rinne.
The Nashville Predators cloesd out their eight-game preseason with a record of 7-1-0, culminating with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Games start counting on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8 with back-to-back road contests to open the 2011-12 regular season against Central Division foes Columbus (7 p.m. CT, FOX Sports Tennessee) and St. Louis (7 p.m. CT, FOX Sports Tennessee). The Preds home opener comes the following Thursday, Oct. 13 when the Phoenix Coyotes come to Smashville (7 p.m. on SportSouth).
Buddy Oakes for PredsOntheGlass