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Will Blake Geoffrion Follow Family Footprints?

from Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck,

With Blake Geoffrion expected to sign his entry-level NHL contract soon, the Nashville Predators are going to welcome the most heralded rookie in franchise history….

When he eventually makes his debut with the Nashville Predators, he will become a 4th-generation NHL player. His father Danny was a 1st-round draft choice by the Montreal Canadiens and played three seasons with various teams, while his grandfather (Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion) and great-grandfather (Howie Morenz) stand among the all-time titans of the sport….

Has anyone ever entered the world of professional sports with such an accomplished family tree, and the personal awards to back it up?

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Preds GM Thinks It Will Be Difficult To Keep Hamhuis

from Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean,

Hamhuis, 27, made $2.5 million in 2009-10 and soon could become an unrestricted free agent. His contract is set to expire June 30, and several teams are expected to show interest and offer more money if Nashville doesn’t sign him before the deadline.

“I think it’s going to be very difficult,” Poile said. “But I’d like to continue having conversations this week and possibly reach out to Dan next week before we take our final position.”

Hamhuis’ agent, Wade Arnott, said discussions have been positive and ongoing.

“The club had always advised Dan and myself that they would address his situation at season’s end, after they had a chance to meet as a group in management and with ownership,” Arnott said. “I believe they’ve met among management and have some ongoing meetings with ownership. I expect to have more positive dialogue leading up to July 1, if it gets that far.”

Should Hamhuis, who just completed his sixth season with Nashville, leave town, there will be more tough calls to make.

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Nashville Needs A New Captain

from David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper,

The time has come for Shea Weber to replace Jason Arnott as team captain. Arnott has had the job for three seasons, and given the current state of things, that’s long enough.

There are plenty of reasons Weber should assume that role. For example, he’s one of the best players in the NHL.

Throughout the years, the organization has been loath to put too much responsibility on young players. It’s true that Weber is only 24 (he’ll be 25 by the start of next season), but he’s already played in an NHL All-Star game and was one of the top players for Canada’s gold-medal team at the Olympics in February.

His age is a virtue — there’s no reason to think his performance will start to decline anytime soon.

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Remembering The Forsberg To Nashville Trade

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

“It was a tough deal to make at the time; obviously we were trading away Peter Forsberg,” Holmgren told NHL.com this week.  But it was a deal that had to be made considering the bounty that was offered.

The Feb. 12 deal sent Forsberg to a Nashville team desperate to make some noise in the playoffs that postseason. Nashville GM David Poile pulled the trigger—sending Scottie Upshall (a first-round pick), Ryan Parent (another first-round pick) and first- and third-round picks in that spring’s Entry Draft to Philadelphia for Forsberg—because he believed his franchise needed the pop of a long playoff run to generate fan interest.

“Arguably, has there ever been a better player traded at the trade deadline than Peter Forsberg?” Poile asked at the time. “My answer to that is probably not, and the price we paid was very high. We did it because we believed it was a necessary ingredient to give us that much better a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup, and we were comfortable with doing that.”

Things did not work out for the Predators, who lost to the San Jose Sharks in the first round.

But the deal has come up roses for the Flyers.

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Pete Weber- Al Look At The Voice Of The Predators

from Curt Smith of the Messenger Post,

Shakespeare penned, “To thine own self be true.” Weber is.

First, Pete loves his subject: a sheen of ice, red and blue line locus, and troops shredding the goal like Patton at Bastogne. Hockey weds speed, elan and grace: back and forth, fore and aft pinball meets ballet. Mary Martin sang, “Lovely to look at.” Hockey can be even lovelier to watch, or hear, as many announcers demonstrate.

Toronto’s Foster Hewitt proclaimed, “Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland.” Dick Irvin became the hub of Hockey Night in Canada. Montreal’s Danny Gallivan rewrote Oxford Dictionary — exclaiming “Savardian Spinorama” of pivoting Serge Savard. A shot was “cannonading,” whereupon a professor wrote that no such word existed. Danny jibed, “It does now.”

NBC’s Mike Emrick combines verve, a brio voice and almost preternatural prose, less waif of a moon that bright noon sun. It helps that he airs sport’s best postseason. Weber’s Predators were recently eliminated, less perfect team than Little Engine That Almost Could. Recalling Costas, why is Pete, too, a “perfect guy, for his perfect job”?

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Same Story For Predators

from Joe Biddle of the Tennessean,

As harsh as it might sound, Predators’ fans need to be embrace that this could pretty much be the way it ends every season.

The Predators will be clawing to make the playoffs. They will always find it difficult making it past the first round because they will rarely be one of the top seeds.

General Manager David Poile has done what he can do, given the constraints he has with a local ownership group which doesn’t tolerate losing money, and who in these economic times can argue that?

But it will remain a blue-collar team with a roster that does not contain enough established NHL stars. Trotz has been in place since the expansion team was hatched. His longevity with one team is unheard of in the NHL. And in fairness to Trotz, he squeezes about as much out of his team every season as anyone could.

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Bad Goal Of The Night

Pekka Rinne goes out to play the puck on a shoot-in, but….

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NHL Gets It Wrong With Hossa Decision

from David Climer of the Tennessean,

Right here, let me point out that the Predators never should have let it come to that. It shouldn’t have mattered if Hossa was on the ice, in the penalty box or in the shower. The Predators have only themselves to blame.

First, how can a team that is 0-for-postseason on the power play expect to advance?

Second, you’ve got to find a way to protect your goal in the closing seconds of regulation. Even after the Blackhawks pulled goalie Antti Niemi, the Predators should have been able to kill the clock. Martin Erat’s blind pass that was intercepted and ultimately led to the tying goal will be remembered as the turning point of this series unless Nashville wins the next two games.

But back to Hossa: I don’t think anybody is surprised that the NHL’s kangaroo court decided not to suspend him after conducting a hearing on the hit. Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations, determined that the five-minute penalty “was significant and appropriate” action by the referee.

Translation: Suspending a name player in the postseason is bad for business. Get over it.

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No Suspension For Hossa

from NHL.com,

NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell conducted a phone hearing with Hossa earlier Sunday afternoon. Campbell made the following statement after the meeting:

“I have made the decision that this play does not warrant supplemental discipline after considering all of the facts, including reviewing the video and speaking with Mr. Hossa,” said Campbell. “This play is distinguishable from recent incidents by a number of factors, including the degree of contact involved; the fact that the consequences of the play do not appear to be as severe; that this was a hockey play involving a race for the puck; that Mr. Hossa is not a repeat offender; and that the call of a major penalty by the referee was significant and appropriate.”

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Late Evening Line

I’m scratching my head trying to figure out the Preds’ per­son­nel deci­sions on the ill-fated final regu­la­tion power play, the one in which Chi­cago mana­ged to score a short-handed goal to send the con­test in over­time. Obviously the Pre­da­tors didn’t need to score a goal, since they were already up 4-3. And they knew the Blackhawks would be doing everything they could to pro­duce a tying score. So don’t you want your top defen­sive pla­yers on the ice? It made sense to have Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and Joel Ward out there. But Jason Arnott and Mar­tin Erat? Why wouldn’t David Leg­wand and Jerred Smith­son be on the ice in that situa­tion?

-John Glennon of the Tennessean.  Read more from John at Predators Insider.

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