Whither Suter & Tootoo? - Sunday's notes

May 7, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter (20) in game five of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals at Jobing.com Arena. The Coyotes beat the Predators 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

While the management of the Nashville Predators may have various degrees of interest in signing some of their free agents to new contracts, when it comes to the unrestricted guys they could face stiff competition for their services. Our Sunday hockey notes (delayed I know, I've been slacking off this weekend) start off with two possible destinations for Jordin Tootoo and Ryan Suter...

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Nashville Predators News

Larry Brooks: Patrick Kane of Chicago Blackhawks putting himself in jeopardy with immature behavior - NYPOST.com
Among other items, Brooks expects Philly to make a major push for Ryan Suter.

Hockey World: Draft ratings smile on Oil Kings' Reinhart - Edmonton Journal
Jim Matheson speculates about Jordin Tootoo as an Oiler, calling Nashville "Hockeytown" along the way. Should we be flattered or insulted?

Derailing the Predators | Bobby Holik - Holik on Hockey
The former Devil places blame for the Preds' loss squarely on the shoulders of the team's leadership core.

Preds On The Glass: POTG NHL Conference Finals Predictions
Buddy's predictions would give NHL executives (who want to see big TV ratings) a heart attack.

The View from 111: Second Round Review and Conference Finals Predictions
Mark stands diametrically opposed to Buddy here.

Smashville 24/7 - Yip thankful for opportunity he was given
The way Brandon Yip ended up playing all 10 playoff games is, to me, the biggest sign that Tootoo's days in Nashville may indeed be numbered.

And a tip o' the cap goes to Austin Watson, ripping it up in the OHL Playoffs for the London Knights:

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

2012 NHL Playoffs: Rangers Advance To Eastern Conference Finals To Face The New Jersey Devils - Blueshirt Banter
New York held off the Caps 2-1 to make their first trip to the Conference Finals in 15 years.

The final four: The 81 players still playing for the Stanley Cup - The Globe and Mail
A handy guide to the lines & D-pairs for the Final Four.

The FFH Roundtable: Coyotes Vs. Kings Western Conference Final - Five For Howling
The Phoenix crew looks ahead to the new territory their team is stepping into.

After a long layoff, the Kings and Coyotes are ready to start the West final - The Globe and Mail
It's been six days since the Coyotes knocked off the Preds, and St. Louis L.A. has been off a full week.

Coyotes coaches credit lessons learned against ‘darn Russians’ - The Globe and Mail
For the Phoenix coaches, it's "Back to the 80's".

Western Conference Finals Preview: The Bulldozer and the Tarpit. - Predlines
I like the analogy here.

Jeff Carter and Mike Richards find redemption with Kings - The Globe and Mail
Last season they were the top dogs in Philadelphia, and now, they landed in L.A. via differing paths.

Tea with Ms. Conduct: About the Final Four Goalies | Backhand Shelf
These goaltenders are stealing the show these days.

Finland’s Anssi Salmela ejected after ugly boarding of USA’s Alex Goligoski (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Ugly is right.

Sunday Speculation: Who Says Goodbye? - Canes Country
Do any of these guys catch your eye?

The 2012 NHL Draft and Combine - the Fanpost Almanac - The Copper & Blue
An interesting project here that we'll have to keep an eye on as the Draft approaches (assuming David Poile can work his way back into the 1st or 2nd round, of course).

Sergei Fedorov reportedly set to become GM of KHL’s CSKA Moscow | Puck Daddy
Can Fedorov shake off the "great players make lousy executives" trend?

The fight that changed hockey - The Globe and Mail
Naturally, Claude Lemieux was involved.

Down Goes Brown: A fan's guide to handling the pressure of Game Seven
"DO: Try your best to ignore that one guy watching the game with you and your friends who doesn't seem to be a hockey fan, know what's going on, or have even the slightest understanding about the NHL and how it works. DO NOT: Be surprised when he casually mentions that he's in the process of buying the Phoenix Coyotes."

Introducing P+CORP: Points + Corsi Over Replacement Player - Fear The Fin
While I applaud the effort, I really don't like the idea of trying to mix Points/60 and possession stats in one "holistic" number.

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