The NHL Trade Deadline is still several weeks away (February 27), but speculation season is ready to roll, thanks to a candid interview which Anaheim GM Bob Murray gave to Helene Elliott of the L.A. Times yesterday, in which he pretty much put his roster up on Craigslist and opened up the bidding.
This makes perfect fodder for those of you looking to scratch that trade speculation itch - feel free to write up a FanPost (Defending Big D offers a helpful guide) outlining whether or not the Nashville Predators should do business with the Ducks, and where you see a reasonable opportunity for David Poile to bolster his lineup. Please, no "Jack Hillen & Alexander Radulov's rights for Corey Perry" junk.
While you sharpen your pencils and get down to work, make sure to read through this morning's hockey news...
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Nashville Predators News
The View from 111: A Small Act of Kindness Speaks Volumes
Mark shares a nice anecdote from a recent home game.
First Impressions and Lost Opportunities | Hack Whack and Snack
Dave digs into what is perhaps the most pressing issue facing the Nashville Predators these days - the video intro before the team comes onto the ice.
FROM THE WARDEN: Let’s make it 7 (straight sellouts)! | Section 303
Mark Hollingsworth lauds the ticket numbers so far this season. You have to like where things are going, but let's not get too carried away with 7 straight sellouts being some kind of epochal event.
Fixing the Penalty Kill | Admirals Roundtable
Just like in Nashville, the Admirals' PK unit isn't exactly up to standards.
Mueller, Ellis Selected to Play in AHL All-Star Classic - Milwaukee Admirals
Chris Mueller & Ryan Ellis get the call for the AHL All-Star Game. But will Ellis be able to make it, or will he still be with Nashville on January 29 & 30?
Brian McGrattan’s Christmas break was definitely a merry one - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond gets the scoop on the big lug's recent engagement.
Smashville 24/7: Trotz: Weber progressing; Wilson feels 100 percent
Ryan provides an update from yesterday's practice.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Ducks lose to San Jose, 3-1, and Bob Murray is irritated - latimes.com
Crank up the trade rumors again, folks. Anaheim GM Bob Murray is willing to move pretty much anybody outside of Saku Koivu (why?) and Teemu Selanne.
Nash would waive no-move clause; should Columbus request it? - Puck Daddy
Well now, that would be interesting...
Dallas Stars News and Notes: January 4 | The Hockey Writers
A smattering of updates on tonight's opponent.
The Hockey News: THN.com Top 10: Storylines for 2012
Adam Proteau ignores the Weber-Suter situation in his list of top stories to follow this year.
NHL Suspends Carcillo For 7 Games, Should Have Been More - The Copper & Blue
Should a 10-time offender get something stiffer?
Reckless elbow on Backstrom earns Rene Bourque 5-game ban - Puck Daddy
Yeah, that was entirely unnecessary on Bourque's part. Easy call here.
John Tortorella Fined $30,000 By NHL For Remarks After Winter Classic - Blueshirt Banter
Joking or not, you know the league can't condone the kind of things that the Rangers head coach said in the Winter Classic aftermath.
WJC2012: This is why they think we’re sore losers; Calgary columnist writes hit piece on Kuznetsov - Buzzing The Net
Neate takes Eric Francis to task for a whiny attack column on Russia's Yevgeni Kuznetsov.
Springing Malik: The Pain Game 2011/12 - Part Three
In this latest update to a unique line of "which teams are suffering the most significant injuries" analysis, the Preds appear to be doing OK relative to most other teams. The data runs up through December 31, so the loss of Shea Weber is only beginning to have an impact here.
Sabermetric Research: Do NHL referees call "make up" penalties?
Here's an idea that warrants further study.
Leafs Place Orr On Waivers " Toronto Maple Leafs Hot Stove
Was he not truculent enough?
The Importance of A Full-Time Goalie Coach - The Goalie Guild
We're a bit spoiled in Nashville, as not every team has a full-time goalie coach.
Silver Nuggets: Negotiating with Erik Karlsson - Silver Seven
Up in Ottawa, they've got a headlining young defenseman they need to lock up long-term, too.
Panthers sign center John Madden - Litter Box Cats
It seems like they've been talking about this forever, but it finally happened.
The five most bafflingly successful teams in the NHL - Puck Daddy
A collection of gravity-defying teams... but how many will still hang in there by season's end?
Is this one of the guys who assaulted Rangers fans at Geno's Steaks? - Broad Street Hockey
Did SB Nation's Flyers blog catch a criminal using the tempting lure of Facebook?
Michael Leighton will play in Philly on Friday, also named AHL All-Star - Broad Street Hockey
Remember when Leighton was playing for the Flyers in the Stanley Cup Final, after which Philadelphia gave him a two-year contract? Well, he's pretty much been an AHL regular since then.
Wild At Canucks Recap ; Stars Shine Bright (3-0W) - Nucks Misconduct
The Canucks are fully in the Northwest Division's passing lane, and have left the Wild in the dust.
Sharks defeat Hiller and dismal Ducks, face Columbus Thursday - Fear The Fin
The Sharks picked up a 3-1 win, as they retook first place in the Pacific.
Larserrific! Habs Crush Jets on Eller's Four Goal Night - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Montreal fans were loving on Lars Eller last night as he led the Habs with 4 goals in a 7-2 win over Winnipeg.