- For the first time in history, a team-elected arbitration went to hearing yesterday as the Predators struggled to determine a contract with captain Shea Weber. Reports have Weber wanting $8.5 million and the Predators wanting nearly half that at $4.7 million. The arbitrator has 48 hours (more like 36 hours at this point) to determine a proper value for a 1 year contract.
- The Islanders avoided arbitration yesterday by agreeing to a 1-year, $2.5 million deal with forward Blake Comeau.
- Michigan native Ryan Kesler had hip surgery yesterday. He was a big part of the reason the Canucks made it to game 7 of the Finals two months ago. He should be ready to go by the start of the regular season, though will likely miss training camp and pre-season.
- The NHL plans to fight to keep the Islanders on Long Island. Just like they promised to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta and are currently fighting to keep the Coyotes in Arizona. Good luck, Islanders fans. Looks like you are going to need it.
- The Devils bought out Colin White and Trent Hunter. White has spent his entire 11-year career with New Jersey and Trent Hunter was acquired in the Brian Rolston trade last week.
- The Free Press has a player preview up for Jiri Hudler that basically says he is out of chances and will be "kept on a short leash." What are your hopes and realistic projections for Hudler this season?
Update: The arbitration is over and Weber was awarded a 1 year, $7.5M deal. Too much? Not enough? Thoughts? Keep in mind that he will be a RFA again next year, so none of this "the Wings should throw x at him" right now, ok?