Saturday's notes: Time to dig for bargains

While it was customary to watch the Nashville Predators stand by as free agents criss-crossed the NHL at a furious pace yesterday, fans still had good reason to be disappointed as guys like Marcel Goc and Joel Ward left for greener (in the purely monetary sense) pastures. The real question, of course, is what happens in the weeks ahead, when David Poile typically does some of his best work. Are there players available in trade who might look relatively cheap now, given the increases in salary we're seeing around the league?

Given the bounty of talent on defense within the organization (which you can check from 10-noon today at Development Camp), the currency is definitely available with which to swing a deal and bring in some proven, NHL-caliber help on the wing. What will it cost, however? Ryan Ellis? Roman Josi? Cody Franson?

Stay tuned, it's going to be a long summer!

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Nashville Predators News

Five UFAs sign elsewhere, Predators rightly stand pat - Inside Smashville
I'm totally down with being patient, but I wouldn't compare this summer favorably with last summer. The Preds have let several free agents walk away for nothing, whereas last year Poile was able to turn them into SK74 and (ultimately) SOB.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Will Qualifying Offer dispute influence Weber's contract?
It's a fair question to consider, but I doubt it.

Four UFA’s jump ship; what will the 2011-12 Preds roster look like? | Section 303
So far... there are a lot of question marks.

The View from 111: Predators Part Ways, Stand Pat in Free Agent Frenzy
Mark's ready to wait and see what bargains await in the weeks ahead.

Smashville 24/7: Conversation with Ryan Ellis
Will Ryan Ellis get some playing time in Nashville this fall? That will be one of the key questions to follow this fall.

Preds On The Glass: Nashville's Online Hockey Media Has Strong National Presence
Buddy shares the latest hockey blog rankings from Wikio. I'll be honest though, their formula is completely unknown, and the fact that they don't even list a site like Puck Daddy tells you something. Wikio is really just about getting sites to post these rankings and link back to them, increasing their status in the search engines.

Around the NHL

2011 Free Agent List (Official list) - NHL.com
The official list at NHL.com is getting updated as names come off the market, so this is where you should continue to look for bargains. Yes, Jordan Knackstedt is still available!

Down Goes Brown: A player's guide to NHL free agency
DO: Say something to express your interest when Brian Burke calls to offer you a contract with the Maple Leafs. DO NOT: Go with "Cool, I'd love having every spring off!"

Saturday's Daily Dosage - Winners & Losers from July 1st - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
From a fantasy hockey perspective, Colin Wilson just became a bit of a dark horse with the departures of Steve Sullivan and J.P. Dumont.

Toronto Reporter Calls Out Brian Burke for Visiting Troops - Hockey Wilderness
I watched this as well, and couldn't believe it. What a freaking idiot.

Wiz Gets To Be The Guy (Puck-Rakers Blog)
Columbus hopes they have finally found a legitimate offensive force on the blueline in James Wizniewski.

First impressions of Semyon Varlamov trade - All Things Avalanche
Instead of signing Tomas Vokoun, Colorado traded a 1st- and 2nd-round pick for Washington's young goalie. That's a big, big gamble on their part.

The Philadelphia Flyers sign Jaromir Jagr. Seriously. - Broad Street Hockey
Trade Jeff Carter, trade Mike Richards, sign a goalie to a 9-year contract and land a 39-year-old who hasn't played in the NHL for 3 years for $3.3 million. What could possibly go wrong?

Faceoff Factor: Meet New Penguin Steve Sullivan
A Pittsburgh blog asked me chime on their new winger.

July 4th weekend offers extra savings on hockey equipment | Hockey Gear HQ - news, reviews & deals
Special discounts are available this weekend make it easier to get some fresh hockey gear ahead of next season, whether you're looking for skates, sticks, or anything else (including UnderArmour for you non-hockey players).

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