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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”?

read on

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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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Those Pesty Predators

from Bob Verdi of ChicagoBlackhawks.com,

Just think. If the Blackhawks win Monday night, they are done with the Nashville Predators until October at the earliest. What greater incentive could a team possibly have?

“They’re everywhere, like bad mosquitos,” said Marian Hossa, who scored 4:07 into overtime at the United Center to provide the Blackhawks a crazed 5-4 victory Saturday.

“It’s like they always have too many men on the ice,” added Kris Versteeg moments after the Blackhawks assumed a 3-2 lead in this best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series that cannot be compared with root canal surgery for one reason: At least you get a needle when you’re in the chair. The Predators don’t come with an anesthetic, nor do they offer one. They just cling to you, like a sweater that’s two sizes too small. When you play against Nashville, you not only feel you’re being checked. You feel like you’re being audited.


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Four Goals In Three Games Won’t Cut It For Chicago

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose sees at least three things that have allowed the Predators to keep Chicago in check thus far: more desire, more physical play and intelligent play in their own zone.

“Nashville’s a very good defensive team and they don’t beat themselves,’’ Melrose said. “You don’t see them giving up many two-on-ones. They don’t give up a lot of chances and they don’t give up a lot of easy goals.

“The thing is that the ‘Hawks want it to come easy and Nashville is making it hard. That’s why the Predators are winning and that’s why they deserve to be winning.’‘

Here’s a breakdown by position of what the Predators are doing so well to stifle the Blackhawks.


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Trying To Sell-Out In Nashville

from John Glennon of Preds Insider,

If the Pre­da­tors don’t sell out tonight’s Game 3 against Chi­cago, they may well become the first team this pos­tsea­son not to sell out a pla­yoff game.

The NHL announ­ced on Mon­day that – prior to Mon­day night’s games – all 20 pla­yoff con­tests around the lea­gue had sold out. Of the three games that were pla­yed on Mon­day, the announ­ced atten­dance in Los Ange­les (18,264) was the only one that didn’t regis­ter at 100 per­cent capa­city. But 98.7 per­cent capa­city is pretty close, and I believe teams can label games as sellouts even if there are scat­te­red tic­kets still available.

As of this mor­ning, there were still plenty of tic­kets remai­ning for tonight’s game against the Blackhawks, which wasn’t too sur­pri­sing given that the count was 2,000 avai­la­ble as of Mon­day afternoon.


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