Nashville Predators Logo – Nashville Predators is a professional team of ice hockey in the United States located in Nashville (Tennessee). The team plays in the National Hockey League framed in the Central Division. After several attempts to establish a strong hockey team in the state of Tennessee, news began to emerge in 1995 on a hypothetical transfer of the New Jersey Devils to the city of Nashville and his new stadium, Nashville Arena. The city of Nashville offered $ 20 million the team would move to the city, but the Devils finally remained in New Jersey. After this attempt, the commissioner Gary Bettman of the NHL reported that Nashville could be a strong candidate as an “expansion team” in the future.
In January 1997 a group of investors led by businessman Craig Leipold made a formal proposal before the NHL draft should ask for a possible expansion team, and in June secured the league franchises in the cities of Nashville, Columbus, Atlanta and Minnesota. The Nashville club, which already had the stage for two years, was the first to start its activities from 1998 provided that guarantee a sale of 12,000 tickets for this season before March 31. In addition, they signed David Polie (from Washington Capitals) as the first Director General.
The club was from 2007 immersed in strong transfer rumors because the team did not sell enough fertilizers, which negatively affected the club’s streak, however, failed to qualify for playoffs in eighth place in their conference. They lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champions that year, the Detroit Red Wings. Meanwhile, the franchise owner Craig Leipold sold the company in late 2007 a group of Tennessee investors as majority shareholder David Freeman, despite the rumors that warned of a possible move to another city.