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James Neal sees the Predators as his opportunity for a fresh start.

"Your emotion gets the better of you," said Neal. There were things that have happened in my game that you regret. I have to change and be better for it. I've changed as a player, I've grown as a player. I'm still young, I have a very long way to go. Mistakes happen and I'm going to be better for it and move forward and not let that stuff happen again." He has some character issues and the tendency to run around on the ice, looking for trouble when things aren't going his way. If he can take that aspect out of his game then he will be better for it. Neal has an excellent release and one-timer, which he used to score 40 goals in 2011-12. He has surpassed the 20-goal mark in each of his six NHL seasons.

James Neal LW NAS 2 Months

The Nashville Predators are hoping that acquiring James Neal will make top-end forwards more interested in signing with them.

Predators GM David Poile confirmed that he's still in the market for skilled forwards. If nothing else, a guy like Paul Stastny, who is projected to enter the unrestricted free agent market, will know that they'll have a great linemate to work with in Nashville.

James Neal LW NAS 2 Months

Now that they have acquired a top left winger in James Neal, the Predators may be in the market for a top-line center to pair with him.

Nashville is said to be looking at the Sens' Jason Spezza, However, Spezza would have to waive his no-trade clause to Nashville to make a deal work. The Preds could also puruse UFA Paul Stastny if he does re-sign with the Avalanche. If Nashville doesn't get a top pivot, look for Mike Fisher or rookie Calle Jarnkrok to play alongside Neal this upcoming season.

James Neal LW NAS 2 Months

The Nashville Predators have acquired James Neal from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins give up a high scoring winger and they get Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling in return. Neal will line up on the top line with the Preds and will take a big hit fantasy-wise as he will not be playing with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin but rather Mike Fisher or Colin Wilson.

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James Neal denied the rumors that he's requesting a trade.

"I love being a Pittsburgh Penguin. I hope to remain a Penguin and win as a Penguin," Neal said. He signed a six-year, $30 million contract with Pittsburgh that will take him through the 2017-18 campaign, which is a pretty appealing cap hit given that he's averaged about a point-per-game over the last three seasons.

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James Neal had just four points in 13 playoff games.

Neal is one of the Penguins' best forwards and his struggles in the 2014 playoffs contributed to the team's second round exit. "We did everything we could to ... win a Game 7, and it makes it even harder when you have a stranglehold on a series and can't finish it off," Neal said. "At the end of the day, you need to score goals in the biggest moments, and we didn't do that."

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James Neal has one goal on a team-high 21 shots during Pittsburgh's second-round series against the New York Rangers.

He posted seven shots and 12 penalty minutes in Game 6, but was held off the scoresheet for a second straight contest. Neal has recorded just two goals in 12 postseason appearances.

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James Neal is starting to heat up after a slow start to the postseason.

Neal had one goal and no assists in the Penguins' six-game series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He has a goal and three points in Pittsburgh's first four contests versus the New York Rangers though, including an assist in Wednesday's game.

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James Neal scored his second goal of the playoffs in Friday's Game 1, tying the game with the Rangers in the second period in the eventual 3-2 overtime loss.

Neal was set up by Jussi Jokinen and Evgeni Malkin as Pittsburgh erased a two goal first period deficit. Neal has struggled offensively in these playoffs with just two points through seven games compared to his usual point-per-game pace. Lee Stempniak scored the first Penguins goal.

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James Neal scored his first goal of the 2014 playoffs in Game 4 of the first round on Wednesday.

Neal found the back of the net just 33 seconds after Chris Kunitz in the first period. Neal had 27 goals and 61 points in 59 regular season contests, but he was held off the scoresheet in the first three games of the playoffs.