Central Division Shakedown

Every Tuesday, Predlines will be bringing you the latest news and analysis from the Central Division. Because the Predators success largely depends on the failures of our divisional opponents, we need to track their every move throughout the regular, post and off season. If we’ve left something of note out, contact us at [email protected]

Chicago Blackhawks

The big news out of Chicago this week was Patrick Kane in Buffalo with the Stanley Cup. The Cup got drenched by Niagara Falls. Kane visited a local cancer center, without media coverage, and walked the halls visiting with patients. Kane visited ironworkers at a local construction site, police and firefighters. Kane even went to a local floor hockey rink to play a game with friends.

Kane brought the Cup out at a Jimmy Buffet concert too. You can check out the video here:

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Was this the same Kane that beat up a cab driver just one year ago and was caught on film partying in a limo at the start of the 2009-2010 season?

The other news out of Chicago was that the Blackhawks resigned defensemen Nick Boynton to a one year deal worth only $500 000. This is a significant pay decrease from last year’s salary. Boynton was a member of the Stanley Cup winning team. Blackhawks fans must be super happy about keeping one of their UFAs.

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 09: Antti Niemi , Brent Sopel , Patrick Sharp , Dustin Byfuglien and Nick Boynton of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after teammate Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 and win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Columbus Blue Jackets

It is a slow, slow SLOW summer for Blue Jackets fans. But last Tuesday afternoon the team announced the re-signed restricted free agent Mike Blunden to a one-year contract. The 23 year old left wing recorded two goals and two assists in 40 games for Columbus last year. Blunden played half the season with the Syracuse Crunch, the Blue Jackets AHL affiliate.

Detroit Red Wings

I got nothing.

St. Louis Blues

Last Wednesday, the Blues signed defenseman Dean Arsene to a two-way contract. The 30 year old played with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons last season in the Edmonton Oilers organization. He played 13 games last season for the Oilers.

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