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Feb 22 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing Steve Downie controls the puck during the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 22 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing Steve Downie controls the puck during the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

With just about 24 hours left until free agency opens, a few more contract signings have thinned out the market a bit further. In Calgary, Colorado and Montreal, second- and third-tier players are passing up their opportunity to play the field.

But one surprising name WILL hit the market, according to reports...

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Nashville Predators News

Take a chance on TOOTS - Winnipeg Free Press
The drumbeat gets started in Winnipeg for the Jets to sign Jordin Tootoo.

Christmas in July: The Predators "Realistic" Wish List | The Predatorial
Jeremy goes through his shopping list.

Smashville 24/7 - Smashville On The Glass podcast – Frenzy looming
I'm guessing secret agents conspired to sabotage Ryan's podcast right before they got to revealing some juicy intel.

Coach of Nashville Predators' AHL affiliate Dean Evason knows top talent | The Tennessean
Dean Evason worked with guys like Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin in Washington. Can he ignite some offensive talent in Milwaukee?

If Suter goes, five potential replacements for Preds - FS Tennessee
It's the question of the day... how best to replace #20.

The Hippodrome: It's The Economy, Stupid | Pith in the Wind
J.R. makes a taxing argument in favor of free agents choosing Nashville.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Martin Brodeur Likely To Test Free Agency, According To Report - In Lou We Trust
Strange Days, indeed.

Flames Continue To Make Justin Sad, Sign Cory Sarich To A 2-Year, $4 Million Dollar Deal [UPDATED: More Signings!] - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Facepalm material in Calgary, apparently.

Avalanche Sign Downie to 2-year, $5.3 Million Deal - Mile High Hockey
Colorado locks up an important cog up front.

Official Release: Canadiens sign Travis Moen to a four-year contract | All Habs Hockey Magazine
Montreal settles in which a guy who at one point was looked at as a potential top-flight power forward, but those days have passed.

Down Goes Brown: 2012 Free Agency Preview
What other primer do you need?

Rumblings: Don't forget about Parenteau - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
It will be really interesting to see how P.A. Parenteau fares off of Long Island.

Jason Garrison would love to be a Canuck, but he may be too expensive - The Province
This guy, to me, is the real wild card in free agency. He's had one breakout season, so how do you project him going forward? Somebody will likely step up with a huge offer.

Crazy goalie contracts | Backhand Shelf
It's not the money which surprises me so much as the term on these deals.

Picking Through Second Pairing Defensemen | NHLNumbers.com
A really novel look at things here by Robert Vollman.

Principles of General Management: UFA Day Edition | Backhand Shelf
These are the times that can make or break a GM's career.

Big money talks big as free agents look to cash in - The Globe and Mail
With the cap moving ever higher, there are several teams with major amounts of money to toss around.

Asking the Right Questions - The Imprecise and Unattainable | NHLNumbers.com
Kent Wilson ponders that whole "intangibles" thing.

Should the next NHL CBA offer term-limits on contracts, outlaw Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Quick-like deals? | Puck Daddy
This is sure to become a contentious topic this summer.