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Thursday afternoon notes: Devils ship Rolston to Long Island

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Today's afternoon notes are highlighted by a swap of veterans that helps both teams manage their salary cap situations, a Nashville Predators scout taking a step up by heading off to Phoenix, and rising concern around Nashville over not just the Shea Weber negotiations, but the question of whether he, Ryan Suter and Pekka Rinne can all get locked up long-term.

Follow after the jump for all the scoop...

Nashville Predators News

Odd Man Out? | Pull My (Fang)Finger
AJ raises a verrrry interesting discussion about the notion of locking up The Big 3 for a long time. With just one year until he hits unrestricted free agency, is Ryan Suter looking ahead to hitting the market? Also, do yourself a favor and read AJ's meditation on his 55th birthday today, it's just dynamite stuff.

Changing of the Guard? | Hockey Independent
David is rightfully concerned about the term of whatever contract Shea Weber ends up with. Anything less than 3 years sends a chilling message.

Shea Weber talks have many implications for Predators -
Kevin Allen plays some ominous music to set the tone for next week's arbitration date.

Preds On The Glass: POTG Thursday West Coast Edition: Headlines, News and Links
Even while on vacation, Buddy's gettin' it done.

WacKY Hockey: The Beard is Worth A Million Alone
BC's ready to open the vault for the captain.

Knickle goes to Phoenix - Predators Insider
A nice opportunity for longtime Predators amateur scout Rick Knickle, who takes on the role of Director of Amateur Scouting for the Coyotes.

Around the NHL

Reaching for the floor, Islanders acquire Brian Rolston - Houses of the Hockey
The New Jersey Devils free up some major cap space by trading Brian Rolston to Long Island, for Trent Hunter.

Looking ahead to 2011-12: Ranking the NHL’s top defensemen - Puck Daddy
Nashville's dynamic duo come in at #2 and #14. 

Offseason assessment: Central Division -
Take a trip around the division with Dan Rosen.

Bourne Blog: Inside Easton Hockey’s helmet-making technology - Puck Daddy
A look inside the labs at Easton. I reviewed their S19 Z-Shock helmet almost a year ago, it's a pretty amazing piece of work.

Who Will Do The Best On A New Team? - Houses of the Hockey
I'm putting my money on Tomas Vokoun.

Washington Capitals’ Tomas Vokoun changes agents - Capitals Insider
The least surprising news of the summer, considering the way free agency worked out for him.

Winnipeg Jets Roster Analysis: The Zherdev Conundrum | Illegal Curve Hockey
Nikolai Zherdev was asked about possibly playing in chilly Winnipeg, and he was lukewarm to the idea, so Drew ponders the potential implications here.

What Would A Team Of Superhero’s be Like in Hockey? " A Winning Habit
This is how I picture a hockey-themed episode of "The Big Bang Theory" playing out.

Pittsburgh, Tampa in the running for 2012 NHL draft - Raw Charge
Jeremy discussed possible locations for next summer's draft in the latest 303:30 podcast, and it sounds like Tampa is an option as well.

Bruins Led NHL In Quick-Strike Goal Defense - Stanley Cup of Chowder
I'm not sure this really means anything, but it's interesting to look at.

The Hockey News: No reason to fear another NHL lockout
I tend to agree with Adam Proteau's line of thinking here. There are some issues that need to be addressed, but overall the NHL model is working for both the league and the players.

Law of Averages - Mile High Hockey
Mike examines how Colorado has performed since the lockout. Given their nickname, aren't they supposed to head downhill?

Setting the Blue Jackets' Power Play Expectatons - The Cannon
This should arguably be their greatest area of improvement this season.