Patrice Bergeron scored two goals to reach 300 for his career, returning to the lineup Saturday after missing 16 games and leading the Boston Bruins past the Nashville Predators 5-2.
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The Nashville Predators signed goaltender Pekka Rinne to a two-year contract extension worth $10 million, keeping the Vezina Trophy winner under contract through 2020-21.
General manager David Poile announced the extension Saturday, on Rinne's 36th birthday.
Poile said Rinne has made the most impact on and off the ice for the Predators as one of the NHL's best goaltenders.
Austin Walton has been suspended 27 games by the NHL for a domestic assault incident.
Walton pleaded no contest in July to a domestic assault charge.
The NHL Players' Association is filing an appeal on Watson's behalf.
The NHL does not have a specific domestic violence policy.
"I have determined that Nashville Player Austin Watson engaged in a physical confrontation with his domestic partner," Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Today's ruling, while tailored to the specific facts of this case and the individuals involved, is necessary and consistent with the NHL's strongly held view that it cannot and will not tolerate this and similar types of conduct."
Ryan Ellis was already being coveted as a potential July 2019 unrestricted free agent. Which is why Predators general manager David Poile didn't allow him to get within sniffing distance of the open market, signing the 27-year-old defenseman to an eight-year, $50 million contract extension that kicks in for the 2019-20 season.
The final year of Ellis's contract in 2018-19 carries a $2.5 million hit. His $6.25 million cap hit is the 21st highest in the NHL among defenseman for the 2019-20 season.
Predators general manager David Poile headlines the 2018 class of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Former University of Michigan coach Red Berenson, three-time Olympic medalist Natalie Darwitz, retired NHL referee Paul Stewart, Poile and the late Leland "Hago" Harrington will be inducted on Dec. 12 at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Nashville Predators have signed Miikka Salomaki to a two-year contract worth $750,000 in each of the next two seasons.
Salomaki was a restricted free agent.
Salomaki, 25, played 58 games last season for the Predators with two goals and six assists.
The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Dan Hamhuis to a two-year contract worth a total of $2.5 million.
Hamhuis' contract will pay him $1.5 million during the 2018-19 season and $1 million in 2019-20.
Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn appears to be in another high-profile relationship with a famous athlete, this time P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators.
The famed skier and the NHL defenseman walked the red carpet of the CMT Awards in Nashville on Wednesday night, and photos posted to their Instagram accounts appear to show that they are more than friends.
Since the Predators joined the NHL in 1998, Paul Fenton had been part of their front office, first as a director of player personnel and then as assistant GM. He became one of the most respected executives in the league. Through the years, he interviewed with a number of teams for GM vacancies while taking his name out of consideration for dozens more.
The right fit never arrived until an old friend came calling.
On Monday, Fenton, 58, was named the GM of the Wild, who are owned by Craig Leipold, the Predators' founding owner. Fenton replaces Chuck Fletcher, whose contract wasn't renewed after close to nine years as GM.
Mike Fisher, the 37-year-old forward, who came out of retirement in February and helped the Nashville Predators to the brink of the Western Conference finals, announced Saturday that he is hanging his skates up again, this time for good after 18 seasons.