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Keep An Eye On New Jersey And Nashville

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Since there is still another day until the NHL has a playoff game - and isn’t it nice to watch something other than four guys strung along their own blue line or falling down to block shots? - it is time to amuse ourselves with this summer’s roster shuffling.

We all know the major names expected to change employers - Roberto Luongo, Rick Nash, etc. - but if we throw a little wrinkle in our thinking there are some tantalizing scenarios. Put yourself in the predatory shoes of an NHL general manager and look around. There must be someone to exploit who is beset by the double whammy of poor finances and too many player mouths to feed.

Number one on your list should be the New Jersey Devils.

General manager Lou Lamoriello is in a tough spot. His owner, Jeff Vanderbeek, has until the day after the last playoff game to find someone to bail him out of his enormous financial problems or his lenders will move in for the kill. People in the business of buying and selling sports teams say Vanderbeek has no chance of finding new partners or a buyer….

The second team on the radar for GMs looking to exploit the cash-strapped is the Nashville Predators. Ryan Suter, 27, is headed for unrestricted free agency and the Predators surprise upset at the hands of the Phoenix Coyotes leaves them in a state of uncertainty. GM David Poile also needs to deal with his other star defenceman, Shea Weber, and there may not be enough money for both. ...

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