Team(s) Rumored: Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes- With the season ending injury for Chris Pronger, Philadelphia may start looking for outside help. The Flyers currently have 9 defenseman on their roster, but with Pronger, Erik Gustafsson and Andreas Lilja on the IR, the Flyers have been using some call ups to fill the void. CSNPhilly.com’s John Boruk recently noted Matt Carle, who’s eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer, is in line for a 40 percent pay raise over the $3.473 million he’s earning this season, which would put his salary at $4.8 million a year. As Lyle Richardson mentioned on one of his recent The Hockey News Rumor articles, Re-signing Carle would  make it difficult to re-sign UFA right winger Jaromir Jagr and restricted free agent right winger Jakub Voracek. Jagr has been a big plus for the team this year, and could likely be brought back on a cheap salary next year. Voracek has also had a strong season so far, but would be asking for a lot more then Jagr, so he could be headed out if needed. Some people have suggested that the Flyers could trade Claude Giroux for Shea Weber or Ryan Suter on Nashville, but David Polie said he’s not trading Weber or Suter until the trade deadline at the earliest, and if they’re in the playoffs at that time, he’s not moving them after talking with Elliote Friedman. Other names suggested are Joni Piktanen, Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek on Carolina, who could all find new homes by the trade deadline.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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