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07-02-2013, 11:35 AM
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Friedman's 30 Thoughts

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1. Offer-sheet targets? The New York Rangers get mentioned a lot because they're in a tight cap spot, but they're well-positioned for the future with just four players under contract after 2013-14. Some teams also believe it's silly to target a revenue powerhouse like New York.
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5. Predators head coach Barry Trotz immediately said Jones would partner with Shea Weber, which would create a rare righty-righty defensive pairing. Phil Housley, just hired to tutor Nashville's defencemen, said he wasn't worried, pointing out that playing on the off-wing will allow Jones to see the ice better as he carries it through the neutral zone. Housley added that Jones and Weber are so lengthy that it will allow both to play at the top of the power play, which lessens the concern of two right-handed shots hurting the ability to create one-timers.
Just wanted to share that. Wow, already playing with a Norris nominee.

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8. Last week, some NHL GMs were excited about the possibility of getting relatively inexpensive help through bought-out players. Not so fast. Both Vincent Lecavalier and Daniel Briere have gone from terribly disappointed to pleasantly surprised and excited by the amount of interest in them. All of that interest means both players will command a bigger dollar than expected.
No thanks to Briere.

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24. A few months ago, Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi said every salary-cap move was made with an eye on Dustin Brown, scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent next summer. There were some rumours Brown, who is underpaid by NHL standards, wanted a massive increase on his next contract -- to Corey Perry/Ryan Getzlaf levels. Upon looking into it, one source reached out to say that isn't the case. Brown will get a (deserved) raise, but is not interested in destroying the team's salary structure.
Brown's new contract = barometer for Callahan's new contract. AKA no thank you.

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