Now that everyone has had a week away from the game, or at least from obsessively watching Nashville Predators games, it’s time to check in and see what the boys in blue and gold have been up to.
First and foremost, congratulations to Patric Hornqvist on signing a five year contract with the Predators. Despite being a last round draft pick, he has been the first Predator draft to score more than thirty goals in a season and has been consistent in his scoring ability. The Predators announced that over the next five years Hornqvist will receive over $21 million. Talk about a payload.
To throw out some more signing news, prospect Marek Mazanec, drafted in 2012, has been signed to a two year contract that will likely send him to Milwaukee for next season.
On a less happy note, the NHL has announced that goalie Pekka Rinne has foregone the normal off season practice of heading to Finland to play goalie in the world championships and is instead recovering from hip surgery. He is expected to have recovered within about four months. Pretty much just in time to start training for next season. But don’t let that weigh on you Peks, just feel better!
To end on a note from Milwaukee, the Admirals put up a good fight in the Calder Cup Playoffs, but ran into trouble against the Texas Stars in the first round. The Ads went down three to one in the series to end the season, but put up one heck of a fight in the final game to go out strong. Best of luck next season Ads!