Sunday's notes: Signing the Big 3 still a monumental task

The Nashville Predators fan base is understandably giddy over Pekka Rinne's mammoth contract extension, as it is refreshing to see a financially-constrained team step up and make such a major commitment to retain one of its star players. While there is the one question of whether that contract is, in itself, a wise move, the more immediate concern is whether it makes the re-signing of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter easier or harder.

Will those two be impressed by ownership's willingness to shell out the cash to the star goaltender, or concerned about the team's ability to bring in enough surrounding talent, now that $7 million is being tied up long-term in a position which is so prone to wild swings in performance? David Poile may indeed have the "green light" to offer the Big 3 market-value contracts, but what does that mean for the rest of the roster, with so many other players requiring new contracts as well?

Those issues will still linger over this team until we actually see contracts signed, because unfortunately, talk is cheap. Our hockey notes today kick off with speculation about trading Ryan Suter, for example...

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Nashville Predators News

GMs chasing blueliners should call Predators - Ottawa Sun
Is Bruce Garrioch an inveterate rumor-monger, basically Eklund with a newspaper job? Yes. But that doesn't change the fact that re-signing Ryan Suter is still very much an open question, one that can't be left unanswered past the Trade Deadline, lest the Preds risk him walking away as a free agent with nothing coming back in return. At some point (maybe not for a couple more months yet), David Poile needs to either get the contract done, or admit that it's not going to happen and swing a major trade.

Red Light District: Saturday Faceoff: Weber or Suter?
If forced to choose, who do you keep?

A CALculated Risk: Will O’Reilly Turn Out To Be The Next Rich Peverley…or Worse? | Predators AJenda

AJ finds some striking similarities between Cal O`Reilly at this point of his career and Rich Peverley, who left the Preds and became a solid NHL contributor for Atlanta and now Boston. Will Cal prosper with the Coyotes? It's possible, if he's put in a role which better suits his talents.

Ads Beat Rivermen To Make It A 4-Point Weekend | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan Ellis continues his hot play, with three goals in four games.

Nashville Predators split dynamic defensive duo - The Tennessean
With Kevin Klein out, Shea Weber & Ryan Suter spent some time apart last night... will it continue?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Down Goes Brown: A brief history of player/coach feuds
Ouch! November 2, 2011 - Jets' coach Claude Noel spends hours attempting to chew out his star player before sheepishly realizing that he doesn't have one.

Uni Watch " Tim E. Takes on…the NHL
A wide-ranging look at how jerseys could be improved upon around the league.

Rinne's deal raises bar for Price - Montreal Gazette
As a restricted free agent next summer Carey Price probably won't command a Pekka Rinne-like salary, but he'll surely cost Montreal a lot.

What will come after Corsi plus/minus? Here’s one promising new plus/minus system already used by some NHL teams | Edmonton Journal
This is something I've wanted to assemble for a long time, a refinement of Corsi which takes Shot Quality into account. It takes a lot of work to put together, and likely only gives us a marginal advantage over using straight Corsi, but I'd still like to see how it works out.

The Dark Blue Jacket: Why the CBJ Cannot Afford to Waste the 2011-12 Start
It's time in Columbus to launch the "Fail For Nail" campaign, and make sure they at least get the 1st overall draft pick next summer.

Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Bad Booth, Gaudy Goalies and O Canada | CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG
They're not exactly thrilled with the start David Booth has gotten off to in Vancouver.

Georges Laraque and the NHL’s telltale steroid signs - Puck Daddy
Georges Laraque certainly seems to know how to draw attention to himself.

The thumbing down of sportswriting - The Globe and Mail
Is the art of storytelling getting lost in the race to be "first" to report every marginal bit of news? I do agree that the proliferation of "insiders" is pretty amusing, and only serves as an amplifier for what the league and its teams want reported.

Sharks fall victim to a Predators comeback, lose 4-3 in OT - Fear The Fin
Here's the NoCal perspective on last night's game.

Game 14 Recap: Nail in the Coffin - The Cannon
Stick a fork in Scott Arniel as head coach of the Blue Jackets. He's got to be done, after getting pasted 9-2 by Philadelphia. Columbus now has a record of 2-11-1, and is getting outscored by more than 1.5 goals per game.

Now that's how you break a slump - Red Wings 5, Ducks 0 - Winging It In Motown
Has Anaheim been relegated to "Slumpbuster" status?

Sabres vs. Senators Recap: Sabres Win First Shootout Of The Season - Die By The Blade
Well, somebody had to slow down the red-hot Senators...

Recap - Islanders 5 (EN), Capitals 3: A good night's shake - Lighthouse Hockey
A fun night for the Islanders as they dropped a 5-spot on Washington.

All Hail King Kunitz: Pens Beat Kings 3-2 - PensBurgh
Sully finally scored a goal for Pittsburgh in this one.

Rangers Vs. Canadiens: Rangers Top Canadiens 5-3, Win Third Straight - Blueshirt Banter
Finally back on home ice, the Rangers are rolling.

Minnesota Wild vs. St-Louis Blues: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness
The Wild have, rather quietly, sprung out of the gates this season, sitting in 4th in the West right now.

Hangover Over? Bruins, Seguin Roll Leafs - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Tyler Seguin racked up his first NHL hat trick as the Bruins rose to the occasion against Toronto.

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