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Central Division May Look Different At The Top

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

What lies ahead for the 2009-10 season, in the words of Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, is “the most challenging regular season we’ve had since the early 1990s.”

The Red Wings have won the Central Division every year since the Blue Jackets joined the league in 2000-01, an eight-season run that ranks as the longest current streak in the NHL.

But one must wonder whether a changing of the guard isn’t on the horizon in the Central.

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If Steve Sullivan Suffers Another Back Injury, Preds Will Be Responsible For Salary

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

When Sullivan suffered his back injury in February 2007, the one that kept him out for almost two years, insurance paid 80 percent of his $3.2 million annual salary. But if Sullivan were ever to injure the back again, insurance would no longer pick up any of the tab.

“It would be an exclusion, because once you have a pre-existing injury, that’s it,” Predators General Manager David Poile. “So if he was ever to go down with the back, insurance is out. If he injured a knee or something else, you could get the insurance. But not if it’s the back.’‘

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Steve Sullivan Signs 2 Year Extension with Predators

From Darren Dreger, via Twitter:

Sullivan agrees to 2 year extension with Nashvile. $3.75 [million] per year says TSN.

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Joel Ward Re-Signed by Nashville

From John Glennon at the Tennessean:

Forward Joel Ward hit the unrestricted free-agent market at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and returned to Nashville about three hours later.

Ward got the contract he was looking for, as he and the Preds have agreed to a two-year, $3 million deal.


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Report- Radulov Staying In KHL

via Peter Adler at The Cult Of Hockey,

Alexander Radulov, despite approaches from Nashville and other NHL clubs, has decided to stay at Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Here’s his quote (verbatim translation) from the Sport-Express: “I’m on a two-year contract, and even though I got some offers from the NHL, Ufa helped me last year, and I wouldn’t want to betray them”.

YES! Of course, he was under a valid contract with Nashville last year, and still left them for Ufa.

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Nashville Options

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

One of the reasons Poile said he has to be careful about the deals he makes this offseason is that there may well be some more long-term deals down the line.

“We have other players that are due new contracts that we’d certainly like to do something with, whether it be a goaltender or someone like (defenseman) Dan Hamhuis,’’ Poile said. “It’s not just about next year and signing Steve Sullivan. It’s about the future and what we can or should be able to spend.’‘

If the Preds wind up not re-signing Sullivan, they’ll certainly have to look at a trade or the free-agent market in order to boost the team’s offense.

It would be hard to imagine the Preds having any chance at signing big-money players like Marian Gaborik, Marian Hossa, Martin Havlat, Alexei Kovalev or Alex Tanguay.

Some players that might be able to add offense with less of a price tag include: the New York Rangers’ Nik Antropov, Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri, Carolina’s Erik Cole, Pittsburgh’s Ruslan Fedotenko, New Jersey’s Brian Gionta, Edmonton’s Ales Kotalik and Detroit’s Mikael Samuelsson.


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At This Point, Predators UFAs Not Close To Signing

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

The closer the calendar creeps toward July 1, the less likely it appears the Predators will sign many of their more significant potential unrestricted free agents.

That was the sentiment expressed Friday by Predators general manager David Poile when asked about the status of players including Steve Sullivan, Joel Ward, Vern Fiddler and Greg Zanon.

Poile said he planned to speak with the agents for all four players in the coming week and didn’t rule out any re-signings.

But he added that “it just feels like we’re going to July 1 (unrestricted free agency) with everybody unless somebody comes back to say they’re changing their positions. We haven’t had any of that.

“What we’re offering and what they’re asking for is a substantial difference, and that’s why those deals haven’t been done.’’


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Predators Need To Think Stanley Cup

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

But as Arnott looks ahead to the 2009-2010 season, he wants the Predators to be ready to win no matter who is on the roster.

In other words, even if Alexander Radulov does not return, and even if Steve Sullivan moves on, Arnott doesn’t want the Predators making excuses.

“We can’t go out thinking, ‘Oh, we’re missing this and that,’ ‘’ Arnott said last week. “I think we did a little too much of that last year. We have to get away from that and think positive and move forward.’‘

Arnott said the Preds’ veterans will simply have to be even more productive.

“We will have to find it within ourselves to do it,’’ Arnott said. “We’ll have to look at myself and J.P. (Dumont) and (Martin Erat) and (David Legwand) to carry the load up front, and (Shea Weber) and (Ryan Suter) and (Dan Hamhuis) to pull us up from the rear. We’ve got (Pekka Rinne) in net. So no matter what team we have on the ice, we have to go out thinking we’re going to win the Stanley Cup.’‘

more on the Predators…

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Pay To Play In Nashville

from Chris Echegaray and John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Every athlete who plays the Predators in Nashville would get slapped with a $2,500 “jock tax” for the privilege under a proposal a Tennessee Senate committee may take up today.

The Preds’ active roster would pay, too, but with a three-game cap of $7,500 a season. For team captain Jason Arnott, it’s just one more state getting its piece of his five-year, $22.5 million contract.

“We’re kind of used to it anyway,” he said. “They’re doing the same thing when we go into other states. So I guess why not pick up on that and make some money for Tennessee?”


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All Amy Grant

from Jay Levin of the Nashville Predators,

NP.com: What is it about Preds games that have hooked you on the sport?

Amy: It’s just fun. It’s a great night out for Vince and me. This past season we had a pair of tickets, so it made for a great date night. We’ve spent our last two Anniversaries at a Predators game; all of Vince’s guy friends are like, ‘Man that’s some kind of wife.’


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