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

Finally, cap problem solved! Sort of. The Blackhawks have leased goaltender Cristobal Huet to a Swiss league team, HC Friboug-Gotteron, but Chicago will still have to pay the goaltender the salary due to him. Chicago is over $4 million past the salary cap limit for 2010-2011. Putting Huet on waivers and loaning him to the Swiss team will put the Stanley Cup Champs under the salary cap of $59.4 million. Nothing official has been released by the team, but the report from CBC suggests it is about to be a done deal.

SP_297432_SHAD_LIGHTNING_05.DIRK SHADD | Times.(02/17/2009 TAMPA) Tampa Bay Lightning Steven Stamkos celebrates his third goal, resulting in a natural hat trick, beating Chicago Blackhawks goalie Cristobal Huet Photo via Newscom
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The Chicago Blackhawks have signed right wing Fernando Pisani to a one-year contract worth $500 000. Last season, Pisani scored four goals and registered four assists in 40 games with the Edmonton Oilers.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Former Predator Ben Guite signed a one-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets worth $575 000. Guite played 6 games in Nashville last season. In 64 games with the Admirals of the AHL, Guite tallied 8 goals and 13 assists for 21 points.

The Blue Jackets also announced that Brad Larsen has been named the assistant coach of the Springfield Falcons.

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit has signed Justin Abdelkader on a two-year contract worth $787 500 per season. Abdelkader played in 50 games for the Red Wings last year, collecting three goals and three assists and played 11 games for the Red Wings during the playoffs.

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St. Louis Blues

It is pretty slow in Blues Nation these days. Sorry folks.

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