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Monday afternoon notes: Hockey world still buzzing over Rinne, Payne & Hitchcock

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You can tell that hockey writers are getting back to work this morning, as a host of reaction is still coming in to Thursday's mega-contract for Pekka Rinne, and the sudden head coaching change last night in St. Louis. To start things off this afternoon, however, we've got an entertaining walk through history with a familiar friend to Predators fans...

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Nashville Predators News

Random Cities: Pete Weber - Puck The Media
Your read of the day comes from Steve Lepore, who conducted a wide-ranging interview with Pete Weber that I'm sure you'll enjoy.

Chatting with Korn: Rinne & Lindback - The Goalie Guild
An outstanding interview here with the man who helped Pekka Rinne earn that $49 million contract, and what it means for the rest of the goalies in the Predators organization.

Hockey Prospectus | In The Crease: Pekka Rinne
Another argument outlining the overpay on Pekka's contract. I will say that the inclusion of scorer bias in this article is a missed opportunity, as Philip doesn't get into how large a role that might play in the overall numbers (I don't suspect it's significant).

The Hockey News: Ken Campbell's Column: What the Rinne contract means for Nashville
Strange days indeed when I find myself agreeing with Ken Campbell: "Will the Predators ultimately become a team that spends to the upper limit of the salary cap? Regardless of what Poile says, that one is right up there with the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny."

Puck Battles: The Pekka Rinne Deal is a Rare David Poile Mistake - Arctic Ice Hockey
This perhaps sums it up best: "With the deal signed as is, the best the Predators can hope for is that Rinne lives up to the value of the deal, but there's almost no way he can surpass it. Rinne is 29 years old and could realistically play out all 7 years of the deal, but if his performance drops at any point, the Preds are on the hook for a cap hit that is incredibly difficult to justify."

Preds On The Glass: POTG NHL Seven Stories Monday Edition
Buddy looks forward to tonight's Sharks/Kings game, which is fortunate for the Preds because they're already in L.A. waiting for tomorrow night's tilt.

Paul McCann - Monday Notes - This Week's SlapShot Radio
Paul welcomes a rock legend to this week's SlapShot Radio...

Stortini Adds Leadership and Grit - Milwaukee Admirals
It sounds like Zack Stortini is fitting in well with the Ads.

A Day in the Life of an Admiral (Mark Van Guilder) - JSOnline
"Motor City Smitty"... I like that.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Blues smart to hire Hitchcock + 30 Thoughts | Hockey | CBC Sports
Elliotte Friedman's latest include a note about one of Pekka Rinne's biggest fans.

Hitchcock determined to build Blues into winner -
Ken Hitchcock met with the media to discuss his plans for the Blues, including this: "I'm a big believer in a certain style of game. There are certain teams in the West that play that similar style and I believe and trust it. I've seen it in place, not only in the National Hockey League but in the Olympics, and I've seen how it works. I want to put that program in place."

Hitchcock had ‘zero discussion’ about Columbus coaching return - Puck Daddy
The new St. Louis coach dispels the notion that he was close to returning to the Columbus bench.

Things I Don’t Like: Davis Payne Fired, Hitchcock Hired in St. Louis - Backhand Shelf
Did Davis Payne get the shaft?

Sid won't rule out Friday return, but nothing imminent -
Sidney Crosby's return appears to be getting closer, but we're not quite there yet.

BoC Gameday: Dark City - Battle of California
If you're up late, the game to watch tonight has Los Angeles (which hosts the Preds tomorrow) at San Jose.

Breaking News: Wojtek Wolski Out 4 Weeks For Sports Hernia - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers lose Wolski just as he was about to pass the 400 career games-played mark.

Tim Connolly injured again - The Globe and Mail
This is NOT doing my fantasy team any favors.

Matt Duchene, Michael Grabner, Marion Gaborik, Brad Richards improving after line shakeups - ESPN
Assorted ups and downs to help inform your fantasy hockey management.

Driving Play: October Trends, A Week Late and Possibly A Dollar Short
Which aspects of the opening month of play are likely to carry forward?

Falcons Sign Lebda to PTO - The Cannon
Remember the Brett Lebda era here in Smashville? Well, now he's signed a tryout contract to play for Columbus' AHL affiliate.

Georges Laraque vs. Darren Pang Twitter fight over Gretzky legacy - Puck Daddy
Pretty silly stuff, really - but can't we all agree that Gretz was indeed a lousy coach? 

Roenick: "There are NO Steroids Whatsoever" in the NHL, Wayne Gretzky Wasn’t a Good Coach - Backhand Shelf
Is JR full of baloney?

Canes Now - Rutherford: Changes need to be made | blogs
Might Carolina be a team looking to make a move or two?