Wednesday's notes: HNIC's Elliotte Friedman talks Shea Weber & Ryan Suter

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17: Matt D'Agostini #36 of the St Louis Blues skates against Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on December 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

For those of you who missed the pre-game show yesterday on 102.5 The Game, Elliotte Friedman from Hockey Night In Canada joined us to talk about his recent column regarding the Shea Weber & Ryan Suter situations, and how the uncertainty around their future is affecting the league-wide trade market. He brought some great insight to the table, and in particular, I was surprised to hear that he doesn't believe either player is more "portable" than the other on the trade market, despite Weber's $7.5 million cap hit. If a contender believes there's a chance to land either of these guys, they'll do whatever it takes to make that happen.

You can listen to that segment via the following link (be patient, the audio starts about 17 seconds in):

Elliotte Friedman on 1025 The Game 2011-12-20 (mp3)

And now, on to your morning hockey news!

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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

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