Monday's notes: Predators get back to the grind

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 29: Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators and Team Alfredsson poses prior to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game at Scotiabank Place on January 29, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

After a weekend of fun & games in Ottawa for the All-Stars, and a few days of rest & relaxation for everyone else, the Nashville Predators get back to work in anticipation of a busy week ahead, and a mad dash towards the playoffs over the next 9 weeks.

But before getting caught up in all that, check out this morning's news & notes...

Nashville Predators News

Weber's willingness to accept stardom in Nashville has improved game -
The key to Shea Weber's emergence as a dominant NHL player? Apparently it's motivational coach Stuart Smalley. Suter counters perception he will test free agency - Nashville Predators
The team wants to dampen any speculation that Ryan Suter might leave the team sometime in the coming months.

Preds On The Glass: Here's My Pick for Today's Game
Buddy struck it rich!

Inside Smashville " Rinne key to Predators success heading down stretch
The best thing to happen over the weekend? Pekka got some rest.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Which Central Division team has the advantage going forward?
All four of the contenders have strengths, and all four have issues.

Mueller does well in skills competition - JSOnline
Chris Mueller did Milwaukee proud in Shooting Accuracy and the puck control relay.

David Climer: Nashville Predators must make deal or deal with consequences - The Tennessean
The Tennessean columnist provides the general sports fan in Nashville with an update on where the Preds stand heading towards the Trade Deadline.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Sidney Crosby's neck injury is biggest news at NHL All-Star game - Michael Farber -
The juicy stuff here is that there may be some discontent with Pittsburgh's medical staff on how Crosby has been treated over the last year-plus.

The Quiet Room: Sidney Crosby’s Neck "Abnormality" - Backhand Shelf
Get the lowdown on what the C1 and C2 vertebrae are, and what this all means for Crosby.

Flyers’ Scott Hartnell falls down for charity, hangs with Sedins and chirps Phaneuf at All-Star Game | Puck Daddy
Harts has really made a name for himself as the clown prince of the NHL.

Trade Rumblings: Ruutu, Carter on move? - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
One player who's not on the trade market? A San Jose Shark who Barry Trotz noted as the one guy around the league who most plays "Predator hockey".

The Cult of Stu |
Look past the focus on Edmonton here to the broader issue of what kind of Canadian junior players develop into scorers at the NHL level.

Yet another new feature at - Arctic Ice Hockey
Super sexy stuff here!

P.K. Subban: Will Habs Patience be Rewarded? | All Habs
Talk ran wild last week that Montreal might need to ship P.K. Subban out of town. That would be absolutely nuts.

Should the Ottawa Senators Look at Acquiring Jeff Carter? - Silver Seven
Well, that would get him out of the Central.

Drance Numbers: Does Mike Gillis think Travis Moen can suppress shooting percentage?
Is there a unique method to the Vancouver GM's selection of trade targets?

Greatest Hockey Great Hockey Nicknames: The Embalmer

Will Devils escape from New Jersey? - The Globe and Mail
Ray Chambers is having a hard time getting himself out of the financial mess in which the Devils find themselves.

Brophy on Leafs: What they're up against -
Do the Toronto Maple Leafs have enough of a second half push in them to return to the playoffs?

Advice Needed: In-Town Visitors' Fan! - Stanley Cup of Chowder
One of our own tests the waters in Boston.

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