Colin Wilson underwent stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Monday.
If you're experiencing deja vu, it's because Wilson had the same procedure on his right shoulder a few weeks back. Wilson's right shoulder was injured in March, but he's had chronic problems with the left one. He's expected to need four-to-six months to recover.
Nashville GM David Poile said Thursday that number one netminder Pekka Rinne underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip recently.
His recovery is set at four months and he's expected to be at 100 percent in time for training camp. Rinne had an off year in 2013, which says a lot about how good he's been since he posted a respectable 2.43 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 43 games. The Finnish keeper was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy in his two previous seasons and the procedure should help him get back on track.
The Nashville Predators haven't made much progress recently in their contract negotiations with Roman Josi.
Josi is eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer. The Predators have already locked up Patric Hornqvist to a five-year deal before he could become an RFA. "We're talking to Roman just as we were with Patric and his representatives, and we're trying," Predators GM David Poile said. "You never know in a negotiation, but the intent on both sides is to get something done."
Patric Hornqvist is upbeat about the Predators' future after signing a five-year, $21.25 million contract.
Hornqvist would have been a restricted free agent this summer. "I think we have something really good here going," Hornqvist said. "I want to stay here. I like it here. Great place to live and a great place to play. The fans are great; it was a quick deal." Hornqvist, who was limited to 24 games this season, is one of the few offensive weapons the Predators have so locking him up was vital.
Nashville Predators sign Patric Hornqvist to five-year, $21.25 million contract.
Hornqvist had a disappointing, injury-filled 2013 campaign and registered just four goals and 14 points in 24 games. He was scheduled for restricted free agency this summer and it's possible the Shea Weber experience last summer scared Nashville into locking Hornqvist up for the long term before an offer sheet even became an option.
Shea Weber wants to remain with the Nashville Predators and is committed to their rebuilding process.
"For sure, definitely," Weber said Sunday. "I'm committed to everything here -- committed to the team and coaching staff and my teammates, and committed to being better for them and getting back to the postseason." Weber's been locked in to the process since Nashville matched a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet Weber signed with the Flyers last summer. There have been rumblings that Weber might want out after flirting with leaving already and while these words seem to dispute that notion, what one says in public can be entirely different to what is said in private. Time will tell if Weber is true to his words and if the Preds can afford to pay the defenseman the full freight on that massive deal.