Tuesday afternoon notes: Ruminating over Rinne

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Goaltender Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks in the third period at Honda Center on November 9, 2011 in Anaheim, California. The Predators defeated the Ducks 4-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Sometimes you have an event in the hockey world which can impact a wide range of future developments, and such is the case with the 7-year, $49 million contract between Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators. Even though it was signed almost two weeks ago, the ramifications of that move are still being pondered, and by chance 3 different sites offer thoughts on that subject today.

Follow on for some deep thoughts on that front, along with a long list of other hockey notes this afternoon!

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Nashville Predators News

Speculation From Rinne’s Contract | Hockey Independent
David's scratching his head a bit over the long-term roster situation. I'll admit I am, too.

NHL and Media: Pekka Rinne, Overpaid and Underrated - Too Many Men On The Site
Another look at league-wide reaction to the Rinne contract.

Driving Play: Can Rinne Earn All That Money?
I love this one - an examination of just how much performance it would take for $7M to pay off. Expecting that level of production for 7 years is... well... wildly optimistic. One factor to keep in mind, however, is the salary environment looking forward, which may be due for an upswing.

Smashville 24/7: Audio: Barry Trotz speaks after morning skate
Listen in as Coach talks about tonight's game.

Smashville 24/7: Know the Enemy: Bouillon previews Washington
...as does The Cube.

Paul McCann - Game Night - The "Throw the Bums Out" Edition
Paul looks ahead to tonight's game, and tomorrow's SlapShot Radio show.

Vokoun welcomes smaller burden - Predators Insider
This season looks far different for Tomas Vokoun than his previous ones in Florida.

Coach Muller grades his team - JSOnline
Koach Kirk seems mildly encouraged by what he's seeing in Milwaukee.

Ryan Ellis Two Week Time Lapse Mustache - Milwaukee Admirals
OK, the music is totally creepy, but you can see how Ryan Ellis and the other Admirals are doing at growing their Movember mustaches.

Bridgestone Arena Nominated For 2011 Arena Of The Year Award By Pollstar Magazine - Nashville Predators
This makes the 5th year in a row that the Preds' arena has been nominated for this international award.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

The 10 best candidates for Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2012 - Puck Daddy
Wow, we're heading for quite a logjam since only 4 guys get in each year. I'll go with Sakic, Shanahan, Bure & Oates.

Down Goes Brown: Things overheard at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Wow, Doug Gilmour sure is getting emotional during his acceptance speech. Wait, what do you mean you can't see him? He's standing right in front of you, Mr. Fraser. - Toronto never forgets...

Joel Ward never gives up, and Washington Capitals benefit - The Washington Post
Washington fans are starting to learn of the awesomeness that is Joel Ward.

Red Light District: Brouwer’s presence valuable to Caps
Ryan profiles the banger who came to Washington via trade from Chicago.

GMs discuss protecting goalies, avoiding collisions - NHL.com
Dan Rosen fills us in on the GM meetings in Toronto.

Hockey Hugs: Sweet Stamkos, leaping Kessel returns, Jovo no robo - Puck Daddy
Awwww... 

Lidstrom, Jagr and Selanne Continue To Defy Age - The Hockey Writers
All three will get to the Hall of Fame... if they ever choose to retire.

Now Available: Free 7-Day Trial - The Goalie Guild
An outstanding resource for you goalie-junkies opens up for a sneak peek.

Attacking Ken Campbell's Anti-Leafs Nonsense - Pension Plan Puppets
See, even Toronto fans don't like him.

Hitch's offensive philosophy changed with times - NHL.com
Does Ken Hitchcock have a winning formula for St.Louis?

When Contact From Behind Looks Worse Than a Player’s Intent - Backhand Shelf
This is always a dicey subject...

Expected Shots-For and Shots-Against at Different Zone Starts - Arctic Ice Hockey
A good technical discussion on how to measure the impact of Zone Starts on the flow of shots in a game.

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