April 29, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes right wing Shane Doan (19) shoots the puck on Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the first period in game two of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
The rapidly-thinning free agent market is starting to perk up today, with lots of discussion around Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who is starting to look at opportunities around the league after having stuck with the Jets/Coyotes for his entire career. Do you think he is a player which Nashville should be looking at?
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That story and a whole lot more make up our afternoon hockey notes...
Nashville Predators News
Trotz on Elly - Windsor Spitfires
Insight from Barry Trotz on what Ryan Ellis has done and needs to do going forward to become a top NHL defenseman (found via @ADPreds & @Cellblock303 on Twitter).
Paul McCann - More Mainstream Media Arrogance
Paul puts the blast on Tony Gallagher for his revenue sharing screed from the other day, and sings a happy tune about the Preds' ability to draw in elite players, pointing out "how many retire here after their playing days are done." Hmm... I'm guessing we probably have differing definitions of "elite".
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan ready to look over options - AZCentral.com
Do you think David Poile leverages Mike Fisher here, trying to coax Doan to Nashville with the offer of some top-notch Bible study? Whatever it takes...
Parise, Suter meet Wild Nation | StarTribune.com
Viewer Discretion Advised.
Which NHL teams have the most expensive defense? | Puck Daddy
Check out where the Preds rank currently!
History Lessons: Harvey Jackson and Le Temple de la Renommée | Backhand Shelf
To what extent should personal conduct influence one's chances for enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame? An outstanding read here on the life of Busher Jackson.
Springing Malik: The Pain Game - 4-year analysis (2008/09 - 2011/12)
Watch how the pendulum swings - the Preds went from one of the most banged-up teams in 2010/2011 (remember how the centers were decimated at one point?) to the healthiest in 2011/2012.
How Brett MacLean’s life was saved by his pick-up hockey friends | Puck Daddy
Awesome story here about how quick action averted disaster.
How important is neutral zone play? | NHLNumbers.com
There's a lot of data-collection work that went into this analysis of just one team, but it would be fascinating to see a league-wide picture.
An Obscenity : Tom Benjamin's NHL Blog :: CanucksCorner.com
Tom takes Roy MacGregor out to the woodshed for a particularly idiotic column on the CBA situation.
Cristobal Huet wants back in the NHL | Backhand Shelf
Hey, who else forgot this guy existed? Show of hands, please?
And lastly, I don't know if it's just due to the pain medication I'm on for a sprained ankle suffered over the weekend, but I can't get enough of this video found over at Backhand Shelf: