NHL, Nashville Predators aid in Tennessee flood recovery

Soon after the Nashville Predators suffered yet another first round loss, an unprecedented flood put hockey in perspective. It’s good to see, then, that the team and the NHL are giving back as the city/state/region tries to bounce back from the devastating effects of the weather crisis.

It’s unclear just how much was/will be donated, but here’s the word from the league.

The NHL and the Predators Foundation are among the first organizations to respond to the massive flooding in Nashville and Middle Tennessee with a donation to the Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Grants from the Fund will be made to nonprofits supporting relief, restoration and clean-up efforts in the Davidson County area in the aftermath of the flooding and storms.

“Millions of our neighbors have been affected in some way by this unprecedented flood. Some lives will return to normal quickly, others will take months or years to rebuild,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “Thanks to the NHL and the Predators Foundation, The Community Foundation will continue doing everything it can to connect the generosity of people who want to help to the needs of their neighbors.”

Want to know more about the program or how to help? Here’s a little more information.

For more information, call The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 615-321-4939, or toll free at 888-540-5200.

Fans who would like to help can go to www.cfmt.org/floodrelief or send donations to The Community Foundation, P.O. Box 440225, Nashville, TN, 37244.

Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

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The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.