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Predators welcome Martin Gerber to the fold!

GM Mathieu announced today that he had pulled the trigger on a deal bringing in G Martin Gerber to Nashville. When asked for comment, he was quoted as saying "Gerber brings a fierce tenacity that we expect from every Predator! I think we have one of the best goaltending duos in the league now with Gerber here and this puts to rest any questions about a lack of endurance in nets."

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Going the other way, to the New Jersey Devils, is G Chris Mason, prospect F Viatcheslav Trukhno, and two 2007 drafts picks (a 2nd and a 6th).

Garon had an up and down start to the year for the Predators, logging 3 shutouts in his first 10 games, but having problems with endurance and staying fit. As a result, Mason and backup goalie Chris Osgood were called on multiple times to play in nets.

"With Garon's EN problems, we didn't feel we were competitive enough with Osgood/Mason playing 20-40 games. Gerber gives us a solid face who can split the season in net with Garon. I would expect each of them to play 50/50 for the rest of the year, going with whoever has the hot hand from game to game", said GM Mathieu.

With a healthy lineup on the ice, which has only improved since last year, the Predators are now expected to begin their climb in the standings and look to improve on their semi-final outing in last year's playoffs. Only time will tell.