2012 NHL Awards Spectacular

 

It’s that time of year again.  The actual playing of the great game of hockey is done for another season, with hockey going Hollywood this season with the Los Angeles Kings winning the cup.  And what big time star hasn’t made the trek through the Mojave Desert to Sin City?  The NHL will be on Wednesday, June 20, in the Encore Theater at the Wynn Casino.  While it allows us to look back at the stars of this past year, unfortunately it brings the sadness of having to see Nickelback perform.  Who was nominated? Who will win the awards?  Who should actually win the awards?  Find out all this after the jump.  This article is a Nickelback free zone.

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Tryin’ for Ryan. Can the Predators Sign Suter?

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Ryan Suter made headlines at a media event at the NHL All Star game by saying that he did not believe that he would sign with the Nashville Predators before the February 27th trade deadline.

That sound you just heard was Predators GM David Poile cracking open a bottle of Maalox.

Suter creates a problem for Poile with this stance because he is an unrestricted free agent July 1, and the risk by not trading him is that the Predators could see one of their All Star defensemen walk away for nothing in return. Suter said,

“I don’t see it being a benefit by hurrying up and trying to get something done. I’m a Nashville Predator until July 1. I will focus on making my team better.”

“I’m a Nashville Predator until July 1.”

Sounds ominous doesn’t it?

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Predators Sign Pekka Rinne to 7 Year $49 Million Deal

The Nashville Predators announced today that they had signed goaltender Pekka Rinne to a 7 year, $49 million dollar contract extension. Here is the press release from the Predators:

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed goaltender Pekka Rinne to a seven-year, $49 million contract – the largest in franchise history.

“Today’s signing is further evidence of our ownership’s commitment to keeping our core intact,” Poile said. “This is the first step of a process designed to retain our key players and leaders. Pekka has grown with our franchise, just recently established our franchise record for career shutouts and is now recognized as one of the game’s elite players. We’re thrilled to know that he will be backstopping our franchise for several years to come.”

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