Thursday's notes: All eyes on Ryan Suter

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17: Alexander Steen #20 of the St Louis Blues and Ryan Suter #20 of the Nashville Predators chase a puck at the Bridgestone Arena on December 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

While the Nashville Predators prepare for to close out a home-and-home series with the Colorado Avalanche tonight, the main story both locally and around the league revolves around whether or not Ryan Suter will re-sign with the team soon, and if not, whether David Poile should trade the coveted defenseman.

Oh, there's cheery stuff this morning, too, like pancakes - how can you not love pancakes?

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Nashville Predators News

Daily Debate: Buyers or sellers in Ottawa? - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
The last paragraph here from Pierre LeBrun contains some good insight on the Suter situation, which I plan to expand upon in a separate post.

5 Things: W2W4 in the second half - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Among Scott Burnside's top stories to watch the rest of this season are whether or not Nashville can sign Suter & Weber, and who will come out on top of a highly competitive Central Division.

Smashville 24/7: Why the Preds could or could not get by without Suter
Walking through the ups and downs of Suter possibly leaving Nashville.

Experience opens door for Nashville Predators rookie Ryan Ellis - The Tennessean
That's one thing you can say about Canadian junior hockey, it does prepare guys for the pro game well. Those kids basically play something akin to a pro schedule.

Nashville’s All Star(s) - Predators Insider
Josh takes his stab at who will and won't get selected later today.

Recent line changes have given Predators more reasons to celebrate | Nashville City Paper
Barry Trotz - every day he's shufflin' (lines).

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Exclusive: Univ. of Michigan, NHL in advanced discussions for 2013 Winter Classic - Puck Daddy
Yeah, boy - I know where I need to be! I already checked the Inn at the Michigan League (a cool little hotel right in the middle of campus) and they're already sold out for the week from Christmas to New Years.

Kings’ Penner responds to pancake-gate in open letter, sponsors ‘Pancakes With Penner’ breakfast - Puck Daddy
A weird story gets weirder, but in a positive way.

Canes Now - Skinner cleared for contact, nears return for Canes | newsobserver.com
Jeff Skinner's been out of the lineup for 14 games, and at least now they're getting hope that he'll come back soon.

Crosby to Skate on His Own - Pittsburgh Penguins
Giving up hockey for figure skating, I presume?

Montreal's Cammalleri admits lack of ice time troublesome - NHL.com
If he didn't make $7 million a season, I'd say Cammalleri might make a decent addition to the Preds' group of forwards.

Life between the benches - The Globe and Mail
Fun stuff from the bravest hockey reporters in the business.

Weekly Fenwick Power Rankings - Arctic Ice Hockey
The Preds remain near the bottom of the pack here, although there has been some improvement of late.

A Theory of Ice: A Woman's Place is in the Corners
More dynamite stuff from E as she continues her hockey lessons.

Recap: Capitals 1, Penguins 0 - Japers' Rink
Tomas Vokoun pitched the shutout for Washington.

Zach Parise Nails Oilers In OT, Devils Win 2-1 - In Lou We Trust
The Devils took care of business in Edmonton last night.

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