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More NHL Thoughts from Lee Snowden

A lot has happened in the NHL in the last week whether it has been free agent signings or trades.

As such, I figured we would once again check in Lee Snowden (@SnowdenNHL) to get his latest views and opinions on all things NHL.

PH: So, a lot has happened in the last week or so in the NHL. What are your thoughts on what went down with the whole Shea Weber situation? Do you really think he wants to be with the Predators? Why or why not?
LS: I think he does want to be with the Preds and always has. With the uncertainty of the new CBA, and what type of contracts will be allowed, Weber just wanted to be paid. Philadelphia definitely wasn’t a bad option should Nashville not have matched the offer sheet. Weber has been in Nashville his entire career so I’m sure he’s happy staying put. If he truly didn’t want to be in Nashville, he would have forced a trade or signed a one-year deal and gone to unrestricted free agency next summer.

PH: What does Weber signing with the Predators mean for the Flyers? Do you think the Flyers will try and upgrade their back end since they lost Carle (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Pronger (concussion symptoms)?
LS: I think Holmgren will be looking to add someone back there for sure. Gervais and Lilja are decent number 7 guys, but there are better free agents still out there (Roszival, Hannan, Colaiacovo). He could also go the trade route, as I think he will be searching for a forward as well.

PH: What do you think about the Rick Nash deal between the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets? Many people say the Rangers got this as a steal. Would you agree?
LS: I see the deal working out for both teams. The Rangers only took Dubinsky and Anisimov off the roster and added Nash. Sure that is an upgrade, but $7.8M is a lot to pay one player. We will also see how Nash reacts to the media and huge expectations in NYC. Howson had to trade Nash, and did pretty well if you ask me.

The Blue Jackets are better going forward. Dubinsky and Anisimov should replace a lot of the offence Nash would have contributed, Tim Erixon is still one of the top defensive prospects in the NHL, and another first round pick added to Howson’s basket. The return didn’t knock people off their seats, but that is four nice pieces, for one highly paid player who demanded to be moved.

PH: Lastly, where do you see Shane Doan ending up? It is obvious that he is waiting as long as he can due to what is going on in Phoenix but where do you think he will honestly end up? 
LS: It’s hard to predict where he will go with all the teams being mentioned. If he doesn’t go back to Phoenix, the most attractive spots for me would be with Pittsburgh, the Rangers, or the Kings.

PH: Anything else you’d like to share with Kukla’s Korner readers?
LS: Just some Calgary Flames updates, Mike Cammalleri is switching back to his familiar #13 (from #93). Also, a lot of people around these parts are expecting Iginla and the Flames to start talking extension soon. Thanks for reading!

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