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NASHVILLE, TN Ð OCTOBER 8:  Nashville Predators salute their fans after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1at Bridgestone Arena on October 8, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Sanford Myers/Getty Images)

Preds part-owner suing team for $250 million

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A part–owner of the Nashville Predators is suing the team and its chairman, saying they breached their fiduciary obligations and contractual commitments to him after he helped keep the franchise in Nashville

The lawsuit filed Thursday by David Freeman and Commodore Trust lists Predators Holdings LLC and Predators chairman Tom Cigarran as defendants. The plaintiffs say they’re seeking $250 million in damages.

The Tennessean first reported the lawsuit.

The complaint says Freeman “led the fight” to keep the Predators in Nashville by organizing the Holdings investment group in 2007. It says certain members of that group “have conspired to repay his dedication to the team and community by claiming that Commodore owns less than one percent of Holdings, by refusing to treat it as an owner and by repudiating Holdings’ commitment to compensate plaintiffs in return for tens of millions of dollars of loan guarantees that kept the Predators solvent and in Nashville.”

The complaint names Cigarran “the chief architect of this scheme.”

The Predators issued a statement calling the suit a “meritless and inappropriate court filing.”

“The club will use all appropriate means to vigorously defend its position,” the team said in its statement. “The club believes this issue should be resolved by the NHL as mandated by the NHL Constitution, to which all owners, including Freeman, are bound.

“The franchise is healthier than ever and this frivolous suit has no impact or bearing on our organizational operations.”

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    Report: Nathan Gerbe to sign in Swiss League

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    The NHL’s smallest player could be headed overseas.

    Per Swiss newspaper Le Matin, Nathan Gerbe is reportedly close to signing on with National League A side Geneve-Servette.

    Gerbe, 28, has spent the last three years in Carolina. He scored three goals and seven points in just 47 games last year, missing extensive time with a high ankle sprain.

    A talented offensive player — he’s recorded a pair of 16-goal seasons over his eight-year career — Gerbe’s diminutive 5-foot-5 frame is almost always mentioned, but hasn’t been much of a detriment. He’s appeared in nearly 400 NHL contests, and was Carolina’s nominee for the Masterton this season.

    Gerbe just wrapped the last of a two-year, $3.5 million deal with the ‘Canes, one that carried a $1.75M average annual cap hit. He’s set to hit unrestricted free agency on July 1.

    Avs re-sign power forward Martinsen — one year, $640,000

    DENVER, CO - MARCH 09:  Andreas Martinsen #27 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates as he scores a goal against the Anaheim Ducks to take a 2-0 lead in the second period at Pepsi Center on March 9, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    Colorado has re-upped with burly Norwegian winger Andreas Martinsen on a one-year contract, the club announced on Friday.

    Per the Denver Post, the deal is for $640,000 and is of the one-way variety.

    More, from the club:

    Martinsen, 26, tallied 11 points (4g/7a) in 55 games for the Avalanche during his first NHL season in 2015-16. He finished fourth on the team and fifth among NHL rookies with 155 hits.

    In fact, his 2.82 hits-per-game average led all NHL rookies (min 40 GP). Martinsen also skated in 10 games (1g/1a) for Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.

    The Avs signed Martinsen last summer out of the German League, following a ’14-15 campaign in which he scored 18 goals and 41 points in 50 games.

    The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has also represented Norway at a number of international tournaments, including seven consecutive world championships.


    Draft Day! Here are all of PHT’s prospect profiles

    SAN JOSE, CA - JUNE 06:  (L-R) Top Prospects Alexander Nylander, Patrik Laine, Matthew Tkachuk, Auston Matthews and Pierre-Luc Dubois pose prior media availability for the 2016 NHL Draft Top Prospects ahead of Game Four of the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final at SAP Center on June 6, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    Over the past week, we’ve been running a series — Get to know a draft pick — profiling 20 of the top prospects for this year’s entry draft.

    And a you may know, we opted for something different this year, and brought in special guest analyst Ryan Kennedy, associate senior writer and prospect expert at The Hockey News.

    Now we’ve got all 20 of those profiles in one place — below. Have a look and prep for tonight, when the 2016 NHL Entry Draft goes live from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo at 7 p.m. ET.

    Get to know a draft pick:

    Auston Matthews

    Patrik Laine

    Jesse Puljujarvi

    Pierre-Luc Dubois

    Matthew Tkachuk

    Olli Juolevi

    Alexander Nylander

    Mikhail Sergachev

    Logan Brown

    Jakob Chychrun

    Tyson Jost

    Mikey McLeod

    Clayton Keller

    Max Jones

    Julien Gauthier

    Kieffer Bellows

    Dante Fabbro

    Charlie McAvoy

    Riley Tufte

    Carter Hart

    Get to know a draft pick — Mikey McLeod

    VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 28:  Pierre-Luc Dubois #18 of Team Orr looks on as Michael McLeod #9 of Team Cherry skates up ice with the puck during the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game January 28, 2016 at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
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    Like we’ve done in the past, we’re profiling top prospects who may hear their names called in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

    But this year, something new — we’re featuring special guest analysis from Ryan Kennedy, associate senior writer and prospect expert at The Hockey News.

    Mikey McLeod (C)

    Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 188 pounds Shoots: Right

    Team: Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)

    Country: Canada

    NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 2 North American goalie

    Kennedy says: “There’s been a decent amount of shade thrown McLeod’s way of late, but I can’t help but dig deeper.

    “Here’s a kid who came back from a significant knee injury late in the season to help his team push a very good Barrie squad in the playoffs. Then, he gutted through a Charley Horse at the world under-18s with Canada.

    “So yeah, maybe his numbers dipped a bit. But overall, you have one of the fastest kids in the draft, who also has power, decent size and some sick hands – particularly on the rush. McLeod may fall out of the top-10, but he’s a prize.”

    Click here for all the 2016 NHL Draft profiles.