With the Nashville Predators Development Camp now behind us, this morning's news contains some in-depth profiles of a few of the key figures. After the jump, you'll also find a preview of the NHL's Central Division, which may well be the toughest in the league, and a lot of discussion as to where the salary cap is headed for the 2010-11 season. There be dangerous waters ahead...
David Boclair brings us a profile of the hard work that has carried Ryan Ellis to stardom at the OHL level, and a 1st-round draft selection by the Preds.
Jim Diamond brings us the scoop on Casey Wellman, the one guy at last week's Development Camp who was a free agent invitee.
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Codey & Jeremy provide their breakdown of the Development Camp, and some quotes from Wellman as well.
John Glennon profiles Anders Lindback, a 6'6" Swedish goalie picked in the 7th round of the 2008 draft. What is it about gigantic Scandanavian goaltenders these days?
John then follows up this morning with a look at Nick Spaling, whose versatility may give him an edge when it comes to earning an NHL job.
Aaron Portzline posits that the Central Division may well be up for grabs this season, as Detroit has lost a number of quality free agents, and the competition improves. Check and see where the Columbus scribe ranks Nashville...
Larry Brookes says that several GM's have told him that "they believe a rollback of up to 15 percent plus a round of amnesty buyouts will be necessary at the end of next season in order to accommodate a decrease in the 2010-11 [salary] cap." Reaction to this scenario can be found at Puck Daddy, Tom Benjamin, and mc79hockey.com.
Personally, I'd hate to see the cap system scrapped before teams like Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia have to pay the price for the long-term contracts they've been handing out the last few seasons, consequences that were (or should have been) known risks at the time. The current system can work in rising and falling economic conditions, but it doesn't (and isn't intended to) protect teams from making poor choices. Perhaps revisiting the notion that teams aren't allowed to include money in player transactions (in essence, take my overpaid winger and I'll pick up x% of his salary) might present a compromise that allows the big-market teams an escape from their indiscretions, while at the same time providing greater access for small-market teams to top-level talent.
Or as Henny Youngman might say, "Take Brian Campbell... please!"