Team(s) Interested: Nashville Predators- Let’s put his into perspective. Nashville has 15 players on their current roster become an RFA or UFA. The top names out of that bunch are Pekka Rinne, Anders Linback, Jordin Tootoo, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter. Suter, Rinne and Tootoo are all UFA’s. They are all key players in their own way and all should get signed. But unless one of them can sign a hometown discount, they all won’t be signed. Tootoo ($1.125M) and Weber ($7.5M) probably won’t be signed for much more then they are now. Suter ($3.5M) will get more, but it may not be in Nashville. Rinne makes $3.4M, and will for sure get around $7M. One trade that wouldn’t be bad for both sides could be Suter for Stephen Weiss on Florida, but this would be if the Preds couldn’t reach an agreement with Suter. Suter has been a big part of the team since joining Nashville in the 2005-2006 season, playing top D-man minutes with Weber. Other possible, but unlikely components coming back could be Vincent Lecalvier, Jarome Iginla and Jason Spezza.

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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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