Huge contract extensions set the tone for free agent market: Friday's notes

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 28: Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save on his way to a shutout against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on December 28, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Kings defeated the Blackhawks 2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

With NHL free agency coming up on Sunday, the league-wide market is taking in the impact of long, long-term extensions agreed to by Sidney Crosby & Jonathan Quick with their teams yesterday...

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Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: What does the Hal Gill signing really mean for Smashville?
Interesting thoughts here from Buddy about how Gill has made a commitment while the Preds' two mainstays on defense hold back.

Post Mortem V: "Learning from the Champs" - Predlines
Among other concerns, Dan throws down the gauntlet to Game Ops.

Smashville 24/7 - Decision to turn pro ‘easy’ for Hellberg
I'm a bit confused. Doesn't playing in the Swedish Elite League last year count as "pro"?

Smashville 24/7 - Conversation with Jack Maclellan
Maclellan went from Brown to Black Ace in the blink of an eye.

Paul McCann - Crazy Season is Here, SSR Thanks and Randoms.
Paul's already rolling his eyes at some of the salary numbers we're seeing in contracts these days.

Suter could circle back - Predators Insider
The Preds are in the mix... but there are no guarantees that the Preds can simply match what other teams offer (nor should anyone expect there to be).

An update on Paul Gaustad - Predators Insider
Don't hold your breath waiting for a Gaustad signing prior to the free agent market opening on Sunday.

New Division, New Rules | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan looks at some of the change which is coming to the AHL next season.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Crosby Signs | mc79hockey.com
What does Sid's new deal mean for the top end of the player market? Not much, argues Tyler.

Jonathan Quick Agrees To 10-Year Deal With Kings - Jewels From The Crown
Wow... he's had one above-average season in save percentage and gets this much?

Et Tu, Cheveldayoff? Rask Signs Reasonable One-Year, $3.5M Deal With Bruins - Stanley Cup of Chowder
A reasonable, short-term move here while Boston takes time to think ahead.

NHL, NHLPA agree on $70.2 million salary cap that probably won’t apply to next season | Puck Daddy
It's interesting to hear GM's in Philadelphia & Calgary talk about how they're willing to approach the cap this summer, while David Poile exercises more caution.

Lowetide.ca | STREIT SHOOTER
Could the Oilers add a legitimate defenseman to their lineup?

Olli Jokinen, Calgary Flames part ways; best UFA center available? | Puck Daddy
What a year to hit the market, eh? I suspect the team which dangles some tasty waffles in front of Joker will win his services.

Is Justin Schultz Worth the Hype? | NHLNumbers.com
Get an idea of what the fuss is all about.

Matt Carle to test free agency, says report - Broad Street Hockey
If the Flyers can't keep him, Carle would make a fine choice for any team.

Report: Canucks Sign Schneider To A 3-Year Deal, Plus: Dreger Talks Luongo - Nucks Misconduct
3 years, $12 million? Yup, it looks like Cory Schneider is the new starter in Vancouver.

Time for consensus, not conflict, in NHL labour talks | Hockey | CBC Sports
Yeah, the "conflict" part will come as soon as they actually sit down across a table.

Turns out Patrik Elias totally did have the LA Kings’ Stanley Cup winning game puck | Puck Daddy
Our long national nightmare is over.

Asking the Right questions - Beware Small Samples | NHLNumbers.com
Kent explains just how & why management heads down the wrong road at times.

On the scoring chance project, and why it must continue | NHLNumbers.com
Cam tries to get the wind blowing through those sails again, after an article a few days ago dismissed the utility of tracking scoring chances.

The Trials Of Covering A Trial Part 3: The Verdict - Five For Howling
Slowly (but surely?) the Coyotes deal inches forward.

Brodeur is a Fraud: Why Couldn't Mats Sundin Score on the Power Play?
Arguing that Mats Sundin is indeed a solid choice over Brendan Shanahan for this Hockey Hall of Fame class.

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