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Monday's notes: Are GM's around the NHL waiting on Suter & Weber?

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This morning's hockey notes revive a troubling question for Nashville Predators fans - will Shea Weber & Ryan Suter sign contract extensions with the team soon, and if not, should general manager David Poile explore options on the trade market? Beginning January 1st, the window opens for Weber to sign a new deal, and Suter has been eligible to do so since July 1.

Until we see definitive action on this front, speculation will run rampant, and this morning, our league-wide notes kick off with perspective from the CBC's Elliotte Friedman on how this issue may be causing GM's around the league to hold up on making other moves...

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