Zach Lowe on how Tennessee's "jock tax" affected Chris Johnson, who signed two 10-day contracts last season with the Grizzlies: "Johnson earned about $54,000 from those two 10-day deals (eight games played) and had to start his tax prep with a fat $7,500 check to the ownership group that waived him." [Grantland] » 7/19/13 7:06pm 7/19/13 7:06pm

Don't Look Now, But The NHL's Best Hockey Is Out West

You could be forgiven for feeling a twinge of nostalgia for the Western Conference yesterday, after news emerged that the NHL is nearing an agreement on radical realignment. The new setup is better almost every way: less travel, more geographic rivalries, the chance for every team to host every other team. But for… » 2/26/13 9:10am 2/26/13 9:10am

Pavel Datsyuk Scores Goal After Skating Through Entire Team

This is hockey's version of going coast-to-coast, though with a much greater degree of difficulty. It's the Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk single-handedly tying the Predators and forcing overtime with 6:30 to play last night in Nashville. Datsyuk ultimately couldn't do it all, though. The Preds went on to win in OT. » 2/20/13 12:50pm 2/20/13 12:50pm

Nashville Matches Shea Weber Offer Sheet, Remains Viable NHL Franchise

When Philadelphia surprised everyone by giving Predator defenseman a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet, we were awed by Paul Holmgren's balls and savvy, and sad for Nashville fans, most of whom are actually quite devoted (there's just not enough to of them to, you know, make the team profitable.) We assumed Nashville… » 7/24/12 4:05pm 7/24/12 4:05pm

Shea Weber's Massive Flyers Offer Sheet Is A CBA-Beating Masterpiece

The Predators have been poking around for weeks, looking to see what they could get in a trade for star defenseman Shea Weber, who's a restricted free agent. The fruitless talks have been maddening for Weber, and for all the teams waiting on Nashville, and last night the Flyers put an end to it all. They signed Weber… » 7/19/12 11:00am 7/19/12 11:00am

Todd Bertuzzi, Ping Pong Enforcer [UPDATE]

The feud between the Red Wings and Predators that began when Shea Weber smacked Henrik Zetterberg's head off the turnbuckle glass at the end of Game 1 has extended all the way to table tennis. At Joe Louis Arena, there's a ping pong table in the hallway between the home and visitors locker rooms. And yesterday,… » 4/17/12 11:15am 4/17/12 11:15am

On NHL Suspensions And Eggshell Skulls

Shea Weber shoves Henrik Zetterberg's head into the glass: fine, no suspension. Byron Bitz hits Kyle Clifford from behind, sending him into the boards: two-game suspension. Matt Carkner sucker punches Brian Boyle, continuing to hit him after he goes down: one-game suspension. Carl Hagelin elbows Daniel Alfredsson in… » 4/16/12 10:25am 4/16/12 10:25am

The Baltimore Sun's Entire Predators-Red Wings Recap: "Type Here"

It's 2012, so hopefully you're not reliant on the morning paper for game results from the night before. Still, maybe there are a few elderly Baltimore hockey fans a little confused by today's Sun, which omitted the Nashville/Detroit capsule for some very unhelpful dummy text. » 4/12/12 9:40am 4/12/12 9:40am

Shea Weber Celebrated Winning Game One Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs By…

The Nashville Predators killed a late penalty and held on to beat Detroit 3-2 tonight, but winning the opening game of their Stanley Cup playoff round apparently wasn't enough for Preds captain Shea Weber. Weber can be seen in the final moments bashing the head of Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg into the boards,… » 4/11/12 11:04pm 4/11/12 11:04pm