Sunday's Notes: David Poile assesses the Preds' season so far

While reading this morning's hockey notes, listen in as Nashville Predators general manager David Poile joined Willy Daunic on last night's pre-game radio show to talk about the season so far, and how things are setting up for the second half:

David Poile on 1025 The Game 20120114 (mp3)

And now, on to all the hockey news that's fit for pixels...

Nashville Predators News

Post-game audio from last night is available from Barry Trotz, Ryan Ellis, Ryan Suter, and Nick Spaling (click each name for the mp3). As always, surf through the blog roll on the left-hand sidebar of the main page here for recaps from around the Preds blogosphere.

Hartnell’s and Timonen’s advice for Suter and Weber - Predators Insider
Scott Hartnell doesn't mince words. "Sometimes they say the grass is greener on the other side when you try and go and try to make a buck or two. Sometimes it doesn’t work out. But on the other hand, there’s a lot of teams out there that spend right to the cap that have great teams every year, like the Flyers. We’re right up at the top of the conference every year. We want to make runs every year and win the Stanley Cup."

Batman, Superman and Wolverine Walk Into A Bar... | The Hockey Writers
Jas looks forward to the All-Star Game as a chance for hockey fans around the NHL to watch Weber & Suter work their magic.

Ads Snap Skid With 2-1 Win Over Texas | Admirals Roundtable
It sounds like Blake Geoffrion took a hard hit last night, we'll have to see if he misses any time because of it.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Plenty of positive ponderings this morning.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Time to Walk the Talk - Blackhawk Up - A Chicago Blackhawks Blog
Does it make sense to overpay now and get the guy you really want on the trade market, to give him more time to gel with your team?

Blowhard Don Cherry Weighs in on Timeout Gate, Calls Capuano "The Islander Guy" | islanderspointblank.com
Will the hockey gods be angry with Islanders coach Jack Capuano?

Larry Brooks: The Montreal Canadiens are a mess - NYPOST.com
Kirk Muller sure came out of train wreck OK, didn't he?

Teemu, Why I am a Ducks Fan and the Hall of Fame - Anaheim Calling
Is Teemu Selanne a lock to be a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee? Maybe not, when you look at how that class might stack up (and remember, only 4 players get in each year).

NBC Sports Network: Errors Or Lofty Wishes? - Puck Drunk Love
J.P. catches NBC Sports with a graphical gaffe.

N.H.L.'s Best at the Season's Halfway Mark - NYTimes.com
Jeff & Stu hand out their mid-season honors.

The Edmonton Oilers and the never-ending rebuild - Backhand Shelf
Discontent is rising in Edmonton as the Oilers tumble down through the standings. Can't they surround that young talent with enough experienced help to compete?

It's not time to make a goalie deal | TBO.com
Should Steve Yzerman swing a trade for goaltending help, or be patient and hit the free agent market this summer? (via Kukla's Korner)

Mailbag: We're Wrong, The Rebuild Doesn't Go Deep Enough - The Copper & Blue
Funny stuff here - how come I never get email like this?

Panthers Top Trio Struggling, Ice Time Limited v Pens on Friday | On Frozen Pond
Trouble in Sunrise? The Panthers' top line saw their ice time slashed in the 3rd period last night after giving up an easy goal.

Daniel Alfredsson vs. Dion Phaneuf, NHL All-Star captains? Nicklas Lidstrom wants to see it | Puck Daddy
Not a bad idea here, injecting a little "Battle of Ontario" into the All-Star Game.

Sean Couturier is still awesome, but Preds hold off Flyers, 4-2 - Broad Street Hockey
You can't argue with that headline.

Blues take gimmick point against Wild, move to 1st in Central - St. Louis Game Time
The Blues look like they could hang in there with the Blackhawks and Red Wings the rest of the way.

Sharks edge Jackets on late goal by Marleau - Fear The Fin
The Blue Jackets gave San Jose a tough fight, but the Sharks skated off with a 2-1 win.

Avalanche at Stars Recap: Avs play full 60, beat Stars 2-1 - Mile High Hockey
Colorado fans were glad to see that win over Dallas after the Avs dropped both games against Nashville last week.

Rangers Vs. Leafs: Rangers Dominate In 3-0 Win Over Maple Leafs - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers spoiled Hockey Night In Canada for Maple Leafs fans.

Islanders 4 (EN), Sabres 2: Grabner, Tavares flatley shine - Lighthouse Hockey
Watch the highlights here, for a penalty shot awarded to Buffalo under some pretty unusual circumstances.

Anderson steals two points as Sens top Habs in shootout, 3-2 - Silver Seven
Craig Anderson used to do this quite a bit when he was in Florida - bail out a team which had been thoroughly outplayed otherwise.

Harrison and Faulk Come Through: Hurricanes 4, Bruins 2 - Canes Country
Carolina knocked off the defending Stanley Cup champs on home ice.

New Jersey Devils Comeback to End Road Trip with 2-1 Win Over Winnipeg Jets - In Lou We Trust
Patrik Elais scored the game-winner for the Devils.

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