Friday afternoon notes: We've got a sore Willy

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 07: Brandon Sutter #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against Colin Wilson #33 of the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on January 7, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

He's established himself as a dangerous offensive force in the NHL this season, and is due a lucrative run at restricted free agency this summer. But last night, Colin Wilson found himself watching the Nashville Predators play from a suite, rather than being in the middle of the action.

Colin Wilson

#33 / Center / Nashville Predators



Oct 20, 1989

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After getting scratched last night in favor of role players like Brandon Yip and Matt Halischuk, Wilson took to Nashville's radio airwaves this afternoon, and was asked about how things went down leading into the game.

Will he respond to Barry Trotz's crack of the whip with renewed vigor on the ice in a bid to please his coach, or do the Preds run the risk of tuning out a player entering his prime? We've got that radio interview kicking off this afternoon's hockey notes...

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Nashville Predators News

Colin Wilson on The Midday 180 - 1045 The Zone (mp3)
Willy doesn't sound happy at all to have been scratched last night, and none too receptive to the need to adjust his game, saying "I'm going to keep playing the exact same way I've played all season".

Inside Smashville " Trotz made difficult decision in keeping Wilson out of Predators lineup
Let's just hope the KHL doesn't entice him away this summer.

Matt Halischuk: Has he finally earned his spot? - Predlines
It'll be a wide-open battle for 4th line minutes, it looks like.

Greetings From Smashville! Landslide Edition | The Hockey Writers
Jas starts off with a salute to the "You Can Play" campaign.

Alexander Radulov could return to the Predators, the Predators could be the best team in the West | Backhand Shelf
Piling fantasy on top of fantasy.

Time to start the Radulov watch! Will the wayward Pred finally come home? | Section 303
Jeremy looks at March 20 as a feasible date for Radulov to return to action for the Preds. Personally, even if he were to return (smh), it would probably be better to break him in on the road, where distractions would be fewer.

Smashville 24/7: Hornqvist is Preds’ version of Detroit’s Holmstrom
Younger and faster, but not quite as hard to move from the front of the net.

An update on the Radulov situation - Predators Insider
Barry Trotz has a signature quote in here.

The Hippodrome: How Far Does The Apple Fall From The Coaching Tree? | Pith in the Wind
Dog the Bounty Hunter, James Joyce, and some guy with a bent spoon. J.R. is quite the mix master.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

In Defense of Don Cherry | Backhand Shelf
The bit about lying towards the end had me just about jumping out of my seat cheering.

Behind the NHL’s endless search for natural born winners | Puck Daddy
Kent Wilson's bringing his "A" game to Puck Daddy these days. Superb reading here.

GMs meetings: CBA fuels uncertainty - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
I think I'll head to Boca Raton sporting a "Void the Trapezoid! " sign.

Looking Ahead At Playoff Goaltending For The St. Louis Blues - St. Louis Game Time
Should the Blues ride Jaroslav Halak, their presumptive #1, or give Brian Elliott a chance, after his surprisingly strong season?

Selanne's Career Proves Patience Is The Best Option For Crosby | The Hockey Writers
A few years ago, most assumed that Selanne's career was finished, but he's still chugging along.

NHL - Coach Dave Tippett helps the Phoenix Coyotes win despite hard times - ESPN The Magazine
Tippett may well be a Jack Adams finalist, and deservedly so, for continuing to field a competitive Coyotes team under the most dire circumstances.

Introducing the Parise Possibility Points System: An Epic Parise Post - Hockey Wilderness
Huh? The Preds aren't even listed as an option here!

Red Wings GM Ken Holland wants 3-on-3 overtime in the NHL; do you? | Puck Daddy

Dauphin Kings coach Marlin Murray has the most epic ejection ever in MJHL playoffs (video) - Buzzing The Net
What a clown.

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