The biggest surprise cut of the bunch is Alexander Sulzer who signed a one-way NHL contract last season before being injured in his second game. While not playing "separating himself" in the preseason, it was the general opinion that he would be the sixth D-man on the team.
Others reassigned to Milwaukee included Peter Olvecky, Nolan Yonkman, Triston Grant, and Cal O’Reilly. O'Reilly will have until 11 a.m. Wednesday to clear waivers before reporting to the Pred's AHL affiliate.
Joel Ward will open the season on Injured Reserve for his groin injury and Colin Wilson will remain in Nashville to rehabilitate is groin also but will not count against the Pred's roster.
Surprisingly, Teemu Laakso and Cody Franson remain in camp as the sixth and seventh defenseman.
Here's a look at the players who remain in Nashville.
19 Jason Arnott
9 Marcel Goc
24 Ben Guite
11 David Legwand
16 Cal O'Reilly
53 Mike Santorelli
25 Jerred Smithson
33 Colin Wilson (non-roster)
# LEFT WINGS
28 Ryan Jones
26 Steve Sullivan
# RIGHT WINGS
3 Wade Belak
71 J.P. Dumont
10 Martin Erat
27 Patric Hornqvist
22 Jordin Tootoo
29 Joel Ward (injured reserve)
32 Cody Franson
2 Dan Hamhuis
8 Kevin Klein
4 Teemu Laakso
20 Ryan Suter
6 Shea Weber
39 Dan Ellis
35 Pekka Rinne
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Addendum: The official Predators release follows. O'Reilly's status is not clear and was reported by John Glennon to be awaiting clearing waivers until 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
From the Predators...
NASHVILLE PREDATORS ASSIGN FOUR MORE TO MILWAUKEE
-Roster now at 25-
-Roster now at 25-
Nashville, Tenn. (September 29, 2009) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reduced the club’s roster to 25 players, assigning forwards Triston Grant and Peter Olvecky and defensemen Alexander Sulzer and Nolan Yonkman to the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL).
Nashville’s roster now consists of 16 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. Teams must be at or below the 23-man active roster limit by Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. CT. The Predators open the 2009-10 regular season two days later on Thursday, Oct. 3 at Dallas (7 p.m., FOX Sports Tennessee (HD) and 104.5 The Zone).
Players by position currently on the roster are as follows:
FORWARDS (16): Jason Arnott, Wade Belak, J.P. Dumont, Martin Erat, Marcel Goc, Ben Guite, Patric Hornqvist, Ryan Jones, David Legwand, Cal O'Reilly, Mike Santorelli, Jerred Smithson, Steve Sullivan, Jordin Tootoo, Joel Ward, Colin Wilson.
DEFENSEMEN (7): Francis Bouillon*, Cody Franson, Dan Hamhuis, Kevin Klein, Teemu Laakso, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber.
GOALTENDER (2): Dan Ellis, Pekka Rinne.
* - Denotes in camp on a Professional Tryout Agreement (PTO)
Coming off a winning preseason campaign, the Predators kick off the home portion of the 2009-10 campaign on Oct. 8 when they host the Colorado Avalanche at 7 p.m. at the Sommet Center. Tickets to this game, and all other regular season contests are now on sale and can be purchased by logging onto nashvillepredators.com. Tickets are also available by calling (615) 770-PUCK and at all Ticketmaster locations.