Turris comes to Nashville to fill an offensive void and in turn, gives the Preds the best center depth they’ve had in their history. The 28 year old has scored more than 20 goals in three of his last four seasons.
But, off the ice Nashville is quite different than Ottawa – or most other NHL cities for that matter. Smashville came alive this past summer when the Predators made a run to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Final. Even though the team fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games, the hockey world saw the electricity a game in Bridgestone Arena can be like.
The National Anthem singers were Grammy winning country music artists, the Tennessee Titans offensive lineman were chugging beers and nearly 100,000 people filled the downtown Nashville streets making games full out parties.
Turris met with the Nashville media for the first time Wednesday and talked about taking in Smashville from afar last season.
Preds’ C Kyle Turris on Smashville: