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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.

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NHL Off-season Thoughts and Opinions from Lee Snowden

Popular NHL Tweeter Lee Snowden (@SnowdenNHL) was kind enough to take time out of his summer schedule to give us his thoughts on what is going on in the NHL in the off-season as well as his opinions on his favorite team, the Calgary Flames.

PH: What are your general thoughts regarding what has happened so far this off-season whether it has been a trade, signing, draft pick, etc.?
LS: Pretty slow, really. Just prior to July 1st, we were all expecting this to be a summer filled with trades, it hasn’t turned out that way. Lots of big names still being thrown around in the rumour mills and there are also plenty of free agents left. I still think we will see some action.

PH: How much of an impact do you think Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will have on the Minnesota Wild? Do these two signings automatically make the Wild a playoff team or is there still a lot of work to be done to make that happen? Why? 
LS: Obviously the signings are huge for the Wild as an organization. They had a nice sell-out streak going, only to see it end a few seasons back. As far as the playoffs go, the signings don’t hurt. Michael Granlund, Jonas Brodin, and Charlie Coyle coming soon also add to the Wild’s depth. While I don’t believe the playoffs are a sure thing, they will definitely be in the hunt. It’s a very nice looking group of forwards, but the back-end needs some work.

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Flames’ and Postseason Thoughts with Lee Snowden

Lee Snowden, one of the best hockey Tweeters out there, was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to give us his thoughts on the Calgary Flames, what has happened this postseason and of course, his Stanley Cup Final Prediction.

PH: What do you think of the Bob Hartley hiring by the Calgary Flames?
LS: Obviously, Jay Feaster is familiar with Bob. Hartley has had success at every level in hockey. Most recently winning a championship in the Swiss league with Zurich. Feaster has made it very clear the Flames goal is to get back in the playoffs, and an experienced coach like Hartley is a good first step. 

PH: How do you think that Bob Hartley can make the team better for next season?
LS: Maybe just a complete culture change. This team has been under the ‘Sutter influence’ the last 9 or so years. My thinking is a new attitude and identity will be the key to turning things around here.

PH: Besides the coaching change, what other moves do you see the Flames trying to make this off-season?
LS: Nothing too drastic. I think similar to what they did last summer. A few small trades could be expected. Continue to make solid draft selections and give the youngsters every opportunity to make the big club. No doubt free agency will be looked at to fill out some areas with a bit of depth.

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Another E-mail Interview with @SnowdenNHL

A few months ago, I did an e-mail interview with Lee Snowden, who does an absolutely terrific job covering the game of hockey on Twitter.

I was lucky enough to do an e-mail interview with him once again as he provides his thoughts on the NHL offseason and a look at the upcoming season.

PH: If you had to pick one word to describe the hockey offseason this year, what would it be? Why? Wacky.
LS: The big blockbuster deals we had earlier in the summer, then of course the nutty free agent spending, all kinds of offer sheet speculation with the solid crop of RFA’s. Finally, the notable RFA’s that have gone down to the last minute before camps open to get their deals done. To cap it off, we might have a couple hold outs. Another word could be ‘entertaining’.

PH: There was a lot of tragedy this offseason in the sport. How do you think everyone will come together this season to help get over it, heal, and move on?
LS: Hopefully, we don’t go through another summer like this in a long, long time. Every team seems to be putting together tributes and memorials in their own way to remember those that are gone. In the end we all realize life is much more important than our game and if that can create a little more respect on and off the ice we are all going to be better for it. It’s very hard to believe how many guys we lost this off-season. They will be missed.

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Someone to Follow on Twitter: @SnowdenNHL

As all of you are well aware of, Twitter is a terrific social media outlet for puckheads everywhere.

One such hockey nut who utilizes Twitter on a regular basis is Lee Snowden. Lee was kind enough to take sometime out of his summer schedule to tell us about how he got into hockey, how he got into Tweeting and what he thinks the future of hockey and Twitter are.

PH: How did you get into hockey?
LS: I actually moved to Canada from England when I was about 4 years old. I remember as a youngster my Dad would listen to Peter Maher call the Flames games on the radio, and we would watch the games on channel 2 & 7 in Calgary as they were called by the legend Ed Whalen. I was lucky enough to have my Dad take me to quite a few Flames games as a kid, I was at the Dome in 1994 when Bure knocked us out.

PH: Growing up, who was your favorite team and player? Why?
LS: Obviously, the Flames were my team growing up having lived in Calgary for so long. I didn’t have a favorite player until I was in junior high school when a rookie named Jeremy Roenick burst on the scene in Chicago. I loved his scoring ability and skill as a young player. Then he evolved into the clutch, outspoken player we all now know (and love).

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