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Posted: Monday September 11, 2006 10:31AM; Updated: Monday September 11, 2006 11:04AM
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Arnott: Preying on the Predators?
Arnott: Preying on the Predators?
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One hockey insider suggests the Predators made the worst free-agent signing of the summer. "You watch," the insider said, "Jason Arnott will end up destroying that team."
  -- Toronto Sun

The Flyers made a pitch for Roberto Luongo this summer but the usual untouchable names -- Jeff Carter and Mike Richards -- came up.
  -- Philadelphia Inquirer

Former Oilers forward Todd Harvey hasn't had any nibbles from other NHL teams to sign or go to camp and may quit at 31.
  -- Edmonton Journal

Industry insiders wouldn't be surprised if the Wild within the next year consider offers to sell the NHL team, which Bob Naegele Jr. and partners acquired through expansion eight years ago for $80 million and which now is valued at more than double that by Forbes magazine. Some people believe Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor could become a suitor.
  -- St. Paul Pioneer Press

Talks on a new deal for Chicago left winger Tuomo Ruutu grind along. Both sides say they're optimistic about agreeing before Thursday, but little progress has been reported after weeks of talks.
  -- Chicago Tribune

According to Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, he is considering extending training camp invitations to some of the many veterans who are scouring the league, looking for work. Chiarelli would not hint at names, other than to discount the likes of former Bruins Jason Allison, Brian Leetch, and Anson Carter. He could be considering veteran forward Tom Fitzgerald, who was among the many free agents the Bruins decided not to extend contracts to once the 2005-06 season came to a halt.
  -- Boston Globe

The Flyers' offer of $5 million a year over four or five years to Simon Gagne was fair. The settling price will likely come in at $5.2 million, which is what Alex Tanguay got. If Gagne is seeking Marty Havlat money ($6 million), then he's wrong. Dale Tallon ruined the entire market this summer with the Havlat contract. Clarke's offer is market-value range.
  -- Philadelphia Inquirer

It appears goalie Tomas Vokoun will be anchoring the Predators' defense for the next half decade. Vokoun has signed a new four-year contract, one that will kick in when his current deal expires following the 2006-07 season. The Predators have scheduled a news conference this afternoon, presumably to announce the deal.
  -- The Tennessean

Danish-born forward Kim Staal has accepted Nashville's tryout offer and will be seeking to become what's believed to be only the second Dane to crack an NHL lineup. Denmark doesn't have much of a hockey tradition, but Predators coach Barry Trotz and Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton saw Staal play during the World Championship and figured he was worth a longer look.
  -- The Tennessean

Peter Chiarelli likes Matt Lashoff's skating and ability to make the first pass out of the defensive zone, while Bruins coach Dave Lewis likes the defenseman's competitiveness.
  -- Boston Globe

Alexei Zhamnov, the $12 million-plus experiment that blew up in the Bruins' face last season, will report to training camp this week, ostensibly to fail his medical examination. According to Peter Chiarelli, the 35-year-old pivot faces no option but to retire, because of the ankle he broke last season.
  -- Boston Globe

At what was supposed to be the end of his first scrimmage shift, Evgeni Malkin didn't understand the call to change players or a couple of shouts of "Hey!" from teammates, so he stayed on the ice for a couple of extra rushes before turning and going off. It was unofficially his first double-shift in a Penguins sweater.
  -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Thrashers right wing Alex Bourret, the team's first-round pick in 2005, suffered a concussion in Saturday's game and will not compete in the final two games of the prospect tournament in Traverse City, Mich. The Thrashers will not know the seriousness of the injury until he returns to Atlanta with the rest of the prospects on Wednesday and receives testing.
  -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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