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Sullivan Slowly Getting Back On the Ice

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

(Steve) Sullivan said he doesn’t want to raise expectations – for himself or for Predators fans – but he was clearly excited to be on the ice with teammates. After slipping a wrist shot past Pekka Rinne, he made sure to grab the puck afterward.

“I hadn’t shot on a goalie in a long time,” Sullivan said. “It was my first goal in two years, so I got the puck.”

Sullivan said he has no timetable about trying to return to full practice, but is simply going on a day-by-day basis. He’ll see how he feels waking up Sunday and decide on how much exercise to do that day.

“I’m not getting overly optimistic or anything,” Sullivan said. “What I was doing out here and what you need to do in an NHL game are two very different things….

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Panthers Trade Belak to Nashville

From George Richards at the Miami Herald:

Wade Belak was back on the ice for the Panthers on Wednesday night, two days after clearing waivers.

His return was short lived.

The Panthers sent Belak to Nashville on Thursday afternoon, bringing back center Nick Tarnasky. Belak, 32, signed a two-year deal with the Panthers during the offseason and makes $650,000 per year. The 24-year-old Tarnasky is also signed through the 2009-10 season, but the Panthers will see a savings as Tarnasky makes $525,000.

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Weber At The Top Of His Game

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

After an injury-marred season in 2007-08 slowed his progress and raised questions about his potential, the big blueliner is delivering like never before.

(Shea) Weber’s combination of powerful slap shots and punishing hits mean he is likely to become the first Predators draft pick to earn a spot in the NHL All-Star game.

And if Weber keeps up the pace he set in the first quarter of the season, he’ll be a serious candidate for the Norris Trophy, given to the league’s best defenseman.

“Right now he’s the total package,’’ said Versus broadcaster John Forslund, who saw Weber in person the past two games.

“His whole game seems to be in place right now, and he seems to be the kind of guy you want to build around for years to come. This kid could really be a monster player — a really physical guy that can also play offensively.’‘

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Balsillie Still Wants An NHL Team

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail, T

he next step in the journey for Balsillie, who makes little secret of his ambition to own an NHL franchise, ideally in Southern Ontario, may hinge on a coming legal argument in a California bankruptcy court.

As the complex proceedings involving disgraced banker and deal maker William (Boots) Del Biaggio III grind inexorably onward, the already fierce legal fight over his 27-per-cent ownership share in the Predators will only get more heated.

According to lawyers involved in the case, Balsillie’s prospects hinge on a crucial ruling likely to be made by Judge Thomas E. Carlson before spring.

The issue: transferability of the contractual rights associated with Del Biaggio’s shares.

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The Game Of Hockey In Nashville

from Dan Ellis of the Nashville Predators at the Hockey News,

You would think after 10 years of hockey the city of Nashville would be crazy about the sport, but that’s not necessarily the case.

I think our ownership group has done a good job emphasizing a connection to the local community to get support. Now the team just needs to continue to have success and bring more and more fans out.

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Just A Big Mess

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The owner of the Los Angeles Kings has joined the owner of the Minnesota Wild in a legal motion aimed at recouping the $17 million (all figures U.S.) they loaned to a William (Boots) Del Biaggio so he could buy part of the Nashville Predators….

The bankruptcy court will hear arguments on Nov. 21 from lawyers representing Anschutz’s AEG Facilities, which is owed $7 million, and Leipold, owed $10 million. They’ll argue they should be allowed to foreclose on the loans they gave Del Biaggio ahead of all other creditors who are owed money from the disgraced financier. He owes about $57 million.

That would give them part ownership of the Predators, but the NHL would likely force both to sell.

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Report Time

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Todd Neilson, the San Fransisco-based trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of William (Boots) Del Biaggio, says the team has not been complying with court requests to forward documents surrounding the team’s economic viability….

Now the trustee is asking Judge Thomas Carlson to order the team to release current and recent audit reports, financial statements, game-by-game paid attendance, documents that refer to individual and packaged and season-ticked sales, and sponsorship agreements.

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Weber A Defensive Force

from Jessica Bliss of the Tennessean,

Facing high expectations again this season, (Shea) Weber has rocketed out of the gate with three goals and five assists in Nashville’s first seven games, tying J.P. Dumont for the team lead in points and ranking second among all NHL defensemen in scoring.

The performance has inspired teammate Jason Arnott to slap an all-star label on the 23-year-old Canadian, and experts around the league see the same potential. Although Weber may not rank with elite defensemen such as Nicklas Lidstrom, he doesn’t appear too far from it.

“I don’t think there’s anyone in hockey that doubts his potential anymore,” said Mike Brophy, hockey analyst for Rogers Sportsnet. “He is a force. He has arrived as a bona-fide top-end defenseman.”

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It’s Nashville, Not Canada

from Lindsay Rutledge of the Nashville Examiner,

Someone told me the other day that hockey season had started. Which meant little to me because this is Nashville, not Canada, and we’re in the middle of football season in the South.  Besides, hockey season is so long that we’re a week or so into the season and nothing noteworthy has happened.

Hockey players are a funny group.  There’s tall ones and short ones, fast ones and slow ones. But when you put skates, a sweater and pads on any of them, they are suddenly three inches taller and six inches wider.

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Welcome to the NHL, Fabian

The Stars win their first of the season, but Tim MacMahon points to the bigger story for Dallas:

But the story of the night is obviously rookie Fabian Brunnstrom, who became the third guy in NHL history to get a hat trick in his debut.

Why didn’t the Swedish dude play in the first two games? That’s one of the questions we’ll ask when he head downstairs for postgame duties.

More at the Dallas Stars blog later, presumably.

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*hat-tip to Roddie for the head’s up

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