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Saturday's notes: The NHL Rental Market Opens For Business

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With the All-Star Game coming up next weekend and the NHL Trade Deadline following on February 27, things are really heating up around the NHL. We're starting to see a few more teams slip beyond reach of the playoffs, which should bring a few more sellers to the trade market.

Last night, Carolina and New Jersey got things rolling as the Devils picked up a nice complementary goal scorer in Alex Ponikarovsky...

Tonight's game may well be the hottest ticket of the season so far - check out the resale market!

Nashville Predators News

Ellis grows red wings coach mike babcock into star - Windsor Star
The headline makes no sense, but back in Windsor, they're watching Ryan Ellis' development with a great deal of interest.

The 303:30 – Rinne’s impressive run, meeting Brandon Yip | Section 303
The boys are back with some pre-game listening for you, recapping the week gone by and chatting up the newest Pred.

Olympic effort shined light on Predators' Suter - NHL.com
Breaking news from two years ago.

Nashville Predators' Colin Wilson, Brandon Yip team up for reunion - The Tennessean
Dude, the college buds are back together!

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

An Excellent Rental: New Jersey Devils Acquire Alexei Ponikarovsky from Carolina - In Lou We Trust
The Devils made a nice pickup here, acquiring a winger who I wouldn't mind if the Preds had picked up instead. It cost them a 4th-round pick and a D prospect.

P.K. Subban takes down Penguins’ Chris Kunitz with a slewfoot (Video) - Puck Daddy
Back when I lived in Indiana, I used to play in rec leagues with a Finnish defenseman who did this once every other game or so, the guy was a public menace.

The Buffalo Won't Roam: Miller Should Be Traded - Puck Drunk Love
Should the Sabres cut down to the bone?

Vladimir Tarasenko’s amazing puck on a string trick wins KHL’s skills competition (Video) | Puck Daddy
OK, this is funny stuff.

Down Goes Brown: Daniel Alfredsson vs. Zdeno Chara: An in-depth comparison
This is awesome: "Alfredsson: Was born in 1972, on December 11. Chara: Was born in 1977, from March 13 to 18."

Uni Watch " Hockey TimE
Some fun with NHL jersey tweaks.

Kyle Turris Trade Paying Huge Dividends For Sens | The Hockey Writers
It seems like much of what Bryan Murray has touched recently has turned to gold.

The Toronto Maple Leafs' Top Five Trade Bait Options | The Hockey Writers
None of these guys really turn my crank.

Francois Beauchemin Signed to 3-Year Extension - Anaheim Calling
Here's one blueliner you can take off the trade rumor list.

Montreal fans plan 1-year anniversary celebration in honor of Scott Gomez’s last goal | Puck Daddy
They're getting ugly in Montreal over the continued futility of their $7.5M man.

Avs defenseman Shane O'Brien collides with beauty - The Denver Post
That SOB, he's a beauty!

Flashback: Glowing puck debuts 15 years ago - CBSSports.com
Harken back to those days of yesteryear...

Good for Glen Gulutzan _ Coach lays into Stars players after loss - The Dallas Morning News
They're trying to figure out a way to stabilize things in Dallas, setting aside injuries to key players as an excuse.

Rearviewmirror: Hawks 3 - Panthers 1 - Second City Hockey
The Blackhawks took care of business before hopping on a plane to Nashville.

Jeffrey scores two, Letang dazzles and Malkin finishes. Pens beat Habs 5-4 after shootout. - PensBurgh
Malkin's magic continues to dazzle as Pittsburgh came back from a two-goal 3rd period deficit.

Game 46: Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars - Raw Charge
Teddy Purcell scored twice, with Martin St. Louis providing both assists for the Lightning.

Cam Ward With Shutout: Hurricanes 3, Capitals 0 - Canes Country
The Hurricanes manhandled their division rivals last night.