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Wednesday afternoon notes: Ryan Callahan & the Rangers avoid arbitration

Chalk up another example for the notion that Shea Weber's new contract won't come until just hours before his scheduled arbitration hearing on August 2nd. Today, the New York Rangers added another precedent on that front by signing Ryan Callahan to a new 3-year contract, rather than face him in arbitration tomorrow morning.

Follow after the jump for more on this, along with the rest of your afternoon hockey notes...

Nashville Predators News

Paul McCann - Mid-Week Random Thoughts
Paul catches up on all the latest developments, from Francis Bouillon to Shea Weber and beyond.

Quick Shea Weber update - Predators Insider
No news is... no news, I guess?

Around the NHL

New York Rangers Breaking News: Callahan Inks New Three-Year Deal - Blueshirt Banter
Ryan Callahan gets 3 years and just under $13 million, so once again the deadline plays a major role here.

Looking ahead to 2011-12: Ranking the NHL’s top left wingers - Puck Daddy
Granted, these are just one guy's lists, but the Preds placed nobody in the Top 25 at left wing and center, and had Martin Erat at #24 on the right wing list.

ESPN's Tales of Terror: Drew Doughty and the Minnesota Wild - Hockey Wilderness
The supposed inside scoop behind ESPN's paywall usually seems to be pretty lousy.

The Hockey Wives Club " Michelle Kenneth's Hockey & Musings
Michelle puts the spotlight on what is an overlooked, but critical aspect of hockey culture.

LaFontaine to Okposo: 20 Years of Context for the Coliseum Rally - Lighthouse Hockey
The Islanders are rolling out current and former players to help get out the vote on a referendum which could lead to a new arena on Long Island.

Are There Enough Shots For Rick Nash and Jeff Carter? - The Cannon
There's a lot of mathematical gymnastics here, but I don't see a problem with adding Jeff Carter to the mix in Columbus, either.

NHL and AHL teams mapped out and connected. - Pension Plan Puppets
Here's a cool graphic you should bookmark, it shows the connection between each NHL team and their AHL affiliate.

Top 12 Swedish prospects for the 2011-12 NHL season | Hockey Independent
A dozen sweet Swedes to keep an eye on this fall. It's really amazing how a country with a smaller population than the state of Michigan cranks out so much top talent.

Bill Roose: Commodore will Not be Wearing #64 - Winging It In Motown
Well, that's a bummer.

Edmonton Corn Maze
Wow... check this out. (found at Puck Daddy)

Kansas City’s chances of landing an NHL franchise takes hit - Puck Daddy
A columnist in K.C. casts a skeptical eye at AEG new project in Los Angeles, where they'll build a new stadium to attract an NFL team. This isn't really a new "hit", but a pointer as to how AEG built that spiffy building in Kansas City but failed to deliver a team there, even as the Thrashers flew off to Winnipeg, and the Coyotes continue to twist in the wind.

Why Keeping Zach Bogosian is the most logical option | Illegal Curve Hockey
There's been a lot of chatter about Winnipeg possibly considering a trade for Zach Bogosian, but Richard's not down with that idea.

New Logo! - Matchsticks and Gasoline
I really liked the old one better, but as long as they're happy...

Further to: Does QualComp matter? - Arctic Ice Hockey
Gabe pushes my question another step forward.