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Nashville Options

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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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Recruiting The Monster

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

OK, it’s gone a little too far I think. Jonas Gustavsson “The Monster”, the Swedish goalie who has yet to play a second of NHL hockey and is 24 years old, is being treated like the hybrid genetic offspring of Jacques Plante, Patrick Roy and Glenn Hall put together….

Listen, the guy really could be the next great NHL goalie. But all this fuss - with the Avs recruiting Peter Forsberg and the Maple Leafs doing the same with Borje Salming, in trying to sweet talk Gustavsson into signing with their old teams - well, it’s getting a little ridiculous now.


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  Tags: jonas+gustavsson

Selke Trophy Voting:  All Messed Up

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

They asked 131 sports writers to name the five best defensive forwards in the NHL in the 2008/09 season and found they received 70 different answers.  Even the most popular answers were missing from 10% or more of the ballots.  The winner Pavel Datsyuk was named on 120 of 131 ballots.  The runner up Mike Richards appeared on 113 ballots.  Clearly there isn’t any uniformity in the way hockey writes judge defensive forwards.  The voting can be found here.

Some of the choices which were relatively popular look like pretty poor choices.  David Krejci of the Boston Bruins faced a near average quality of opposition and posted a league leading +37 +/- rating.  He wasn’t used as a shutdown guy in Boston.  He finished in sixth place in the voting.  Travis Zajac was another high +/- guy.  He led the New Jersey Devils with a +33 rating.  He wasn’t their main shutdown player.  He finished seventh in the voting.  Among many voters, there was a tendency to vote for high +/- ratings who are not exactly defensive forwards.

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Talking Wings

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This from Kevin Allen’s Twitter....

Believing Hossa won’t get done in Detroit if he won’t accept a “Franzen style deal” Red Wings have less than $4 million left.

Hearing Red Wings did make an offer to Mikael Samuelsson that didn’t get it done.

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  Tags: marian+hossa, mikael+samuelsson

Sutter Brothers Everywhere

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Down at the Pengrowth Sutterdome, they are poised for the big announcement that could come at any moment.

Brent Sutter is about to be named the new head coach of the Calgary Flames, which means there will soon be Sutters in the front office, with the farm team, on the ice and behind the players’ bench, where two other Sutter brothers have tried their luck to mixed reviews.

Naturally, some NHL observers are deeply concerned. They wonder, “What’s next? You come to the rink, park your car in the Ron Sutter section. A Sutter takes your ticket, another sells you popcorn, another shows you to your seat and another escorts you out if you call the coach a bum.”

But with general manager Darryl Sutter close to hiring his brother, the most compelling question is whether Brent Sutter is the right choice or merely a convenient namesake.


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Can Chicago Afford Havlat Long-Term?

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from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,

The issue the Chicago Blackhawks have in re-signing Martin Havlat is that the full horror of the salary cap world will be upon them in 12 months.

      Probably the ’Hawks have room to pay Havlat full value for next season, but it would be salary cap-hurtful to give Havlat a full value deal that extends into the 2010-11 season.

  In the summer of 2010, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith will all be restricted free agents looking for a big raise. Andrew Ladd’s contract also expires that season.


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  Tags: martin+havlat

KK- Open Post

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I am headed to my cousin’s home for a little family barbecue.

I will have my micro pc with me and will be checking in every so often and will update if necessary.  In the meantime, anything on your mind, feel free to leave a comment below to get the conversation started.

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Sundin Thinking About His Future

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from the CP via TSN,

Sundin said he is still pondering about his future in the NHL and did not rule out playing another season with Vancouver.

“Absolutely,” he was quoted as saying when asked if he might play again with the Canucks. “I will think about my future the next couple of weeks. I will make a decision in the summer. I can’t say more right now.”

more including Mats say he will not be playing for Team Sweden in the upcoming Olympics…

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Morning Line

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Next up for Holland and crew is the entry draft starting next Friday in Montreal. The Wings, who seemingly haven’t had a high pick since Gordie Howe…

-Kevin Mitchell of the Vernon Morning Star where you can read more about Ken Holland and the Wings…

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All About The Molson Brothers

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from the Montreal Gazette,

The Molson brothers, Geoff, Andrew and Justin, are the sons of Eric Molson, who retired as chairman of Molson Coors last month after 50 years in the family brewing business started by the brothers’ great-great-great-great grandfather, John Molson, more than 220 years ago.


All I know about the Molson brothers, well, how about great TV commercials!

Find your favorite Molson commecial at YouTube…

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