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Tuesday Dump & Chase: Ducks Lock Up Corey Perry For 8 Years

The biggest potential name to hit the 2013 NHL free agent market is off the board, as Anaheim Ducks winger Corey Perry signs an 8-year contract extension similar to (but a little more lucrative than) the one his center Ryan Getzlaf recently struck.

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Nashville Predators News

To make playoffs, Predators must solve identity crisis | The Tennessean
Another point I'd add to Josh's list here is focusing on the penalty kill, which has traditionally been a strength.

Short of goals, Trotz and team lean on familiar mantra: 'Defense wins championships' | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair compares how the Preds' offense produced during the first 25 games of each season in franchise history. It isn't a pretty picture.

Preds prospect Brendan Leipsic finishes as leading scorer in all of major junior… | Section 303
Hope for the future?

Smashville 24/7 - Video focus increased in shortened season
Ryan puts the spotlight on an unsung hero of the hockey operations department, video coordinator Lawrence Feloney.

Cheer Up, It’s Not All that Bad! | The Predatorial
James cozies up in the recent turmoil as if it were a Predators Gold snuggie.

The Secret Life Of Shea Weber: Strip Six | Predlines
...featuring a guest appearance by Martin Erat.

How Sergei Kostitsyn’s lost backcheck could be a blessing in disguise for the Predators | Puck Daddy
I dunno, this sounds like a reeaaaal reach, although I'm sure the Preds will try to make the best out of a bad situation.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Ducks Agree to 8-Year Contract Extension With Corey Perry - Anaheim Calling
Ducks fans are squealing over this news.

Timonen's milestone would not have been possible without Predators | Nashville City Paper
Hats off to former Nashville captain Kimmo Timonen, who played his 1,000th NHL game last night.

Former Canadiens executive Frank Selke Jr. dead at 83 - The Globe and Mail
The man for whom the NHL's trophy for Best Defensive Forward is named has passed.

30 Thoughts: Many GMs feel trade deadline too inflationary | Hockey | CBC Sports
Might the trade market loosen up in the days ahead of the deadline, rather than wait until the big day comes?

Oh Come All Ye Faithful - Nucks Misconduct
They're facing an existential crisis in Vancouver, as the Canucks have fallen behind Minnesota for the Northwest Division lead.

Suter growing more comfortable with Wild |
Well, look who's the #2 scoring defenseman in the NHL these days...

NHL Misery Watch (Looking at You, Flyers Fans!) - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
DGB takes a look at what fans around the league have to complain about.

All aboard: NHL GM meetings will focus on boarding embellishment, icing alternatives | Puck Daddy
The league's team bosses gather in Toronto this week to recommend tweaks to the game, among other things.

Shannon on NHL: Role of the GM diminishing -
John Shannon wisely reflects on the changing role of the general manager, but is utterly wrong about their need to still meet each year like this. They are still the top hockey guys within their respective organizations, so their deliberations on game operations and rules enforcement is important.