This morning's notes from around the league highlight some of the players left on the market as the Predators look to fill out their roster, and an end (at long last) to the question of which team would sign Swedish goaltender Jonas Gustavsson.
After the jump, we also have a look at what it takes to build an NHL contender - might one discarded Predator be part of that equation?
How to Build a Cup Contender in Atlanta, Part 6 - Bird Watchers Anonymous
The Falconer continues his outstanding series on front-office strategy with the search for the next Paul Ysebaert, and makes the case that former Predator Rich Peverley just might be him.
Gustavsson expected to sign with Maple Leafs - TSN
This year's massively overhyped "best player not in the NHL", goaltender Jonas "The Monster" Gustavsson, has apparently chosen to sign with Toronto. Remember last year's sensation, Fabian Brunnstrom? After torching the Predators for a hat trick in his 1st NHL game, he spent much of last year bouncing in and out of the lineup.
Evaluating the remaining UFAs: Defencemen Edition - From The Rink
Mirtle takes a look at the top remaining blueliners on the market. In particular, I'd be interested in guys like Dennis Seidenberg, or perhaps Cory Murphy as a PP specialist, in much the same mold as this year's 1st round draft choice, Ryan Ellis.
NHLPA Files Grievance, Barker and Versteeg Could Become UFAs - Second City Hockey
The flap over whether Chicago GM Dale Tallon properly notified some of his restricted free agents of their qualifying offers in time continues, although many of the players involved have since all signed new contracts. The big factor left over, however, is Calder Trophy finalist Kris Versteeg, who is not signed yet and might not fit under Chicago's salary cap. Should the Predators pursue him if he hits the open market?