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2005-06 Finish: 49-25-8, 4th West
General Manager: David Poile (8th Season)
Head Coach: Barry Trotz (8th Season)
2005-06 Goals For: 258
2005-06 Goals Against: 227
2005-06 Power Play: 18.4% (10th)
2005-06 Penalty Killing: 84.6% (6th)
Points Leader: Paul Kariya (85)
Goals Leader: Mike Sillinger (32)
Assists Leader: Paul Kariya (54)

Offseason Moves: Signed centre Jason Arnott, who had been with the Dallas Stars, to a five-year contract; signed forward J.P. Dumont, who had been with the Buffalo Sabres, to a two-year contract; signed centre Shane Endicott, who had been with the Pittsburgh Penguins; signed goaltender Karl Goehring, who had been in Finland; signed right wing Patrick Leahy, who had been with the Boston Bruins; signed defenceman Nolan Yonkman, who had been with the Washington Capitals; acquired centre Josef Vasicek from the Carolina Hurricanes for right wing Scott Walker; acquired centre Dominic Moore from the New York Rangers for right wing Adam Hall; acquired a 2007 third-round pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins for centre Dominic Moore and left wing Libor Pivko; signed left wing Ramzi Abid, who had been with the Atlanta Thrashers, to a one-year contract.

Goaltending: Tomas Vokoun's blood clots could pose problems in the future, but the Predators' No. 1 goaltender is healthy and ready to play hockey again. He had a career-best 36-18-7 record last season, playing in 61 of Nashville's first 74 games. When his season ended, he ranked fifth in the NHL with his record in goal. With a full campaign this year, he should take this team far. Given the circumstances, Chris Mason filled in very well last year, playing a career-high 23 games with a 12-5-1 record along with a 2.54 goals against average and .913 save percentage.

Defence: The Predators have a potent offence, and a lot of it can be attributed to help from the defence corps. They have two great point men in Kimmo Timonen and Marek Zidlicky, who combined for 99 points from the blueline last season. Dan Hamhuis is also developing into a great offensive defenceman with 38 points in his sophomore campaign. There is also a good physical element to the blueline - Shea Weber loves playing tough against opponents, while Ryan Suter can effectively throw out the hits.

Forwards: GM David Poile needed an established scoring centre for winger Paul Kariya, and found it in free agent Jason Arnott. The 12-year NHL veteran uses his size well to create offensive opportunities, and it paid off handsomely last year with his highest goal total since his rookie season (32) and a career-high season in points (76). The move shifts speedy centre David Legwand down to the second line, and he will gel nicely with a speedy veteran like Steve Sullivan on the wing. Legwand was sidelined by a knee injury last year, and should get plenty of points with a full season. Former Carolina Hurricane Josef Vasicek should also benefit from a full season after a knee injury limited him to 23 regular season games. When healthy, he can play a smart two-way game for a team that loves to rush up the ice. Scott Hartnell and Vernon Fiddler also display good two-way capability, while there is no lack of toughness with Darcy Hordichuk, Jordin Tootoo and Scott Nichol. Adding J.P. Dumont will bolster Nashville's attack, as the veteran winger scored 20 goals and added 20 assists over 54 games with Buffalo last season.

Welcome to the NHL: If last year's speedy Nashville team wasn't exciting enough to watch, wait until Alexander Radulov arrives. He dominated the QMJHL last year, scoring 152 points in 62 games. He is profiled as a classic Russian right wing with excellent shiftiness, stickhandling skills and the ability to finish. On top of all that he also has a mean streak. His playoff performance was equally impressive, as he tallied 55 points in 23 games and led the Quebec Remparts to the Memorial Cup.
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