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Predators Update, March 12 2009

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With last night's loss hanging over us like a vulture, let's take a look at what's being said about our Preds this morning:

John Glennon's morning notes touch on Shea Weber tying the team record for goal scoring by a defenseman with his 18th last night, and the news that Radek Bonk might return to action next week.

The Boston Globe has a nice feature on 2008 1st-round pick Colin Wilson, who is currently a star with the Boston University Terriers. Here's the word from BU coach Jack Parker: "I think he'll be a really good NHL player. He wants to be, he's got the mentality for it. He's got the body for it and the head for it and he's got a lot of skill. He's a can't-miss NHL player."

Rachel at What the Puck has her recap of the Rangers/Preds game last night. She includes the interesting observation that despite missing Jason Arnott and Radek Bonk, at one point midway through the 1st period Barry Trotz threw the line of Jerred Smithson/David Legwand/Vern Fiddler on the ice, combining three of his remaining centers into what could only be called a "pivotal" line (sorry for the bad pun, but really, is there any other kind?).

Stan Fischler stretches his musical analogies to the breaking point in his glowing assessment of the Rangers win last night (found via Kukla's Korner).

Brad Schrade provides an update on the paid attendance story; while average paid has dipped slightly to 13,855 (from 13,940), that figure doesn't include this week's games, both of which topped 16,000 announced (meaning that they likely topped 15,000 paid). The club says that the current economic situation hasn't really impacted business yet, but that "next season is expected to be a challenge."