What better way to wrap up the week than with reaction to a major trade, right? Yesterday's deal which sent goaltender Jaroslav Halak from Montreal to St. Louis is still reverberating around the league. Some in Montreal were stunned to see their playoff hero sent packing so quickly, while others see it as a "sell high, buy low" type of move.
Follow after the jump for that, plus news of a major shakeup to how the Predators are covered here in Nashville...
John Glennon leaving the Nashville Predators beat - Nashville Predators Examiner
After covering the Preds since their inception, John Glennon is getting moved over to the Titans beat at The Tennessean (where I guess he'll intersect with the crime desk as well). Bryan Mullen is filling in during the interim, according to Jim Diamond's report.
Budish Named to Team USA Junior Camp - Nashville Predators
Zach Budish, the hulking winger who the Preds picked in the second round last year, will get the chance to try out for Team USA's entry at this December's World Junior Championship.
Around the NHL
SB Nation's 2010 NHL Mock Draft
The SB Nation Mock Draft is underway, so check back here often as updates occur over the next several days. Look for the Nashville pick, made by On the Forecheck Chief Amateur Scout Chris Burton, on Monday.
On Montreal trading Halak - Behind The Net
On the one side, you can look at this as Montreal avoiding a huge contract they'd probably have to give Halak, who's a decent, but not exactly All-Star caliber goaltender. In return they get a couple prospects, including the intriguing Lars Eller.
Understanding the Halak Trade Shocker - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Robert offers the Montreal perspective, answering the question of why the Habs are sticking with Carey Price instead of their playoff hero.
Five Hole Fanatics: "Clutch", of course, being a totally meaningless term
Kent calls out Sportsnet for piling the baloney high in their mock draft...
Free agent goalies have limited job options - From The Rink
Mike Chen reviews a pretty bleak landscape for guys shopping around for a #1 job.
A Simple Solution for the NHL to increase scoring - Fear The Fin
An interesting, albeit thoroughly impractical proposal is made to increase the level of scoring in the NHL (see my comment after the post as to why).
Sakic plans to take work ethic into management - The Denver Post
Super Joe sounds like he wants to follow Steve Yzerman's footsteps...
Devils Will Listen to New Coach John MacLean - PuckUpdate
The longtime New Jersey winger should command a great deal of respect from his team, writes Steven Ovadia.
Hart Trophy: 2010 Year End Awards – Blogger Style - View From My Seats
The panel of bloggers votes on the league MVP, and it comes down to a very tight three-horse race...
NHL's competition committee to re-examine hits to the head rule - TSN
Will the "hits to the head" rule take one more step to becoming NHL law?