Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan to hit the market: Wednesday's notes

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 04: Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes takes a slapshot against the Nashville Predators in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on May 2, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The NHL's free agent market is getting more and more interesting as July 1st approaches. Our around-the-league hockey notes begin this morning with the unthinkable - the notion that longtime Phoenix Coyote Shane Doan will potentially leave the only franchise he's played for as a free agent. This, after leading the Coyotes to the most successful playoff run in team history...

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Nashville Predators News

First off, begin with Pete Weber on yesterday's season finale of Hockey This Morning:

Pete Weber on HTM 2012-06-26 (mp3)

The New Look of the Nashville Predators | The Predatorial
Jeremy eyes the depth chart moving forward, and considers a few free agents to fill the voids.

Smashville 24/7 - Ekholm plans to play in North America going forward
Mattias Ekholm is here to stay.

Predators hope top 2012 draft choice meets their goal of adding offense | Nashville City Paper
Get a good look at Pontus Aberg this week, as he'll head back to Sweden for further development this season.

Nashville Predators' Pontus Aberg gets skates wet | The Tennessean
Besides all the new draft picks, you can watch new Milwaukee Admirals head coach Dean Evason in action, too.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Shane Doan heads to free agency, as Phoenix Coyotes ‘run the risk’ of losing captain | Puck Daddy
Might this be related to the ownership situation? Whether that's the case or not, Doan becomes a highly-prized asset in a thin market.

CBA talks between NHL, NHLPA could begin later this week - The Globe and Mail
Cue the eerie music.

POLL: What Contract Would You Give Jonathan Quick? - Jewels From The Crown
Will he get Pekka-like money?

Where do bottom six forwards come from? |
Don't worry, there's no "birds & bees" talk here, just very insightful draft analysis.

Ovechkin ready to be turned loose by new coach Oates - TSN
Can Adam Oates unleash the Ovi of old?

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