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Ryan Suter Drawing Comparison To Lidstrom

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

Since Suter does everything well, he seems somewhat unspectacular on the ice to the common fan. The phrase “under-the-radar” and the name “Ryan Suter” go hand in hand. But a breakthrough Olympics in 2010 and a stellar 2010-11 season have given people cause to take notice and see Suter as one of the top defensemen in the NHL.

“He doesn’t have any super powers, but he does everything at an eight or a nine level,” USA TODAY hockey writer Kevin Allen said. “He is to Nashville what Nicklas Lidstrom is to Detroit. I don’t think there’s any question.”
Lidstrom comparison

Before turning aside the association with the six-time Norris Trophy winner (as the NHL’s top defenseman), four national analysts were interviewed for this story. Each, without solicitation, brought up Lidstrom in comparing Suter to him.

“Not that he is Nicklas Lidstrom, but the kind of things you’ve seen from Nicklas Lidstrom for 20 years, those are the kinds of things Ryan Suter brings to the game every night,” ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside said.

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Video- Stick Save

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O’Brien Suspended For Two Games

via Craig Custance tweet,

Preds D Shane O’Brien suspended two games.

I believe he had a high stick on Stephen Weiss last night.

added 3:11pm, Just wanted to note Josh Cooper actually broke the suspension on Twitter.  Thanks to those who let me know.

added 4:35pm,

TORONTO (January 14, 2011) – Nashville Predators defenseman Shane O’Brien has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $39,024.40 in salary for a high-sticking incident against Stephen Weiss of the Florida Panthers in NHL game #650, January 13, the National Hockey League announced today.

O’Brien, who was suspended for one game on November 3, 2009, is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Accordingly, he forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186).  The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

      O’Brien will miss both of Nashville’s weekend games—a home and home series with the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday and Sunday

added 6:31pm, video of the high-stick is below…

 

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Nashville Stars

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

What irks Trotz just a bit is that people around the league don’t seem to recognize the star players on his team.

“Sometimes I think people don’t think we have any players and coaches and management here maybe get too much credit but we have some really good players,” said Trotz. “Suter and Weber are really all-world. I was disappointed because I thought Rinne, Suter and Weber—all three should have been in the All-Star Game. I’m biased but I see them on a nightly basis and I know how good they are.”

Only Weber got the All-Star nod. Trotz continues to be amazed that Suter isn’t regarded as highly as he should be.

“Ryan Suter doesn’t get nearly enough credit for how good he is. He is just outstanding,” said Trotz.

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Predators Extend Jerred Smithson

Nashville, Tenn. (January 12, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Jerred Smithson to a two-year, $1.6 million contract. He will make $800,000 during both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

Smithson, 31 (2/4/79), has played in all 42 of Nashville’s games this season, posting eight points (4g-4a). He ranks eighth in the National Hockey League in face-off winning percentage (58.7) and ninth among League forwards in average shorthanded time on ice, a category he’s led the team in the last four seasons. He’s also paced Predator forwards in hits the past three seasons, and again leads the club in the statistic. Additionally, the Vernon, B.C., native ranks fifth franchise’s all-time shorthanded points list (5g-4a)

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Picking an All-Star Team, Especially this Year, Isn’t Easy but, Hell, I’ll Do it Again Anyway

It’s never a cinch to select the rosters for an All-Star game in any sport and, with a bizarre “fantasy draft” format for this year’s NHL midseason showcase and the game’s first six participants already selected via fan balloting, filling out this season’s All-Star pool of 42 has some added challenge to it, to say the least.

For starters, dividing things by conference is no longer a provision, as the remaining 36 All-Stars named today will go into said pool along with the elected top-six for a field of 42. With that in mind, and factoring in at least one representative for every member club, there will be notable omissions, no matter how this list is put together, or by whom.

Nevertheless, always one to face a challenge head-on, in keeping with my annual tradition (whether an All-Star game has been played or not), I’ve put together my own list of mid-season honorees, complete with a set of 12 rookies to be featured in the skills competition at All-Star Weekend, as the NHL Hockey Operations department will do later today.

(For clarity’s sake, I’ve already accounted for the fan selections.)

Deep breaths, everyone. Here goes nothing, with a few explanations afterwards…

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Afternoon Line

The term “role model” has become a cliché in sports. But in his case, it fits. Young people in Nunavut really do view Jordin Tootoo as pushing back the boundaries of what they might achieve. He has always taken seen himself in this light. “It’s something I take pride in. Hopefully, more kids can look up to me and say, ‘If he can do it, I can do it.’” A very human role model, Mr. Tootoo is playing in a game more important than hockey, and if he can succeed, others can, too.

-Globe and Mail Editorial where you can read more.

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Svatos Goes From St. Louis To Nashville

via Darren Pang tweet,

Nashville has claimed Marek Svatos off waivers from St Louis.

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Svatos was signed by the Blues yesterday as a UFA but had to clear waivers first.

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Tootoo Enters Substance Abuse Program

      NEW YORK/TORONTO (December 27, 2010)—The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that forward Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators has voluntarily entered in-patient care as part of the Joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH).

      Tootoo’s care will be administered by SABH Program Doctors Dave Lewis (NHL) and Brian Shaw (NHLPA). Tootoo will continue to receive his full salary and benefits and will have no penalty imposed, provided he complies with his prescribed treatment and follow-up care program.

      There will be no further comment.

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Video- Tootoo Hit On Frolik

Jordin Tootoo with a big-time hit on Michael Frolik tonight. No penalty for the hit.

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