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]

This week was particular slow around the league in terms of hockey news. But it appears that signings are going to be fast and furious heading into training camp 17 days from now. As such, hopefully the Central Division Shakedown will heat up.

Chicago Blackhawks

Since last Tuesday’s news that Fernando Pisani signed with the Blackhawks, the only newsworthy tidbit of information to report is that Chicago will be on national television an NHL-high of 11 times during the 2010-2011 season. Compare this with the one national tv spot the Preds have in the United States on Versus (Nashville is scheduled to be televised nationally in Canada 3 times).

Columbus Blue Jackets

If you think Chicago being on national tv 11 times next season is a lot for a team that has imploded this summer (do keep in mind they are still technically Stanley Cup Champs despite the dramatic change in roster), what until you find out how many times Columbus is getting national exposure.

The Blue Jackets will be on Versus 3 times during the upcoming season, compared to the Predators one game. Hmmm…

In other Blue Jackets news, Wednesday afternoon, 6 Blue Jackets will be at the Cincinnati Reds ball game signing autographs and throwing out first pitches etc. etc. Jared Boll, Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, Mathieu Garon, John Moore and Kris Russell will shag fly balls in the outfield during batting practice.

July 26, 2010- Milwaukee, WI. Miller Park..Cincinnati Reds Drew Stubbs looks this pitch into the bat, Stubbs was hitless against the Brewers tonight..Milwaukee Brewers won over the Cincinnati Reds 3-2..Mike McGinnis / CSM.
(Photo: Yardbarker.com)

Detroit Red Wings

The only news out of Detroit is from their AHL affiliate. The Grand Rapids Griffins signed Curt Fraser to a new two-year contract. He will remain as the team’s head coach through the 2011-12 season.

Individual game tickets in Detroit are being advertised as low as $9.00. If you ever find yourself in Detroit on a game night, at that price, does it even matter who they are playing?

St. Louis Blues

A statue of Brett Hull will be unveiled during a pregame ceremony on October 9th, the home opener for St. Louis. They’ll be hosting the Philadelphia Flyers.

Yesterday, the Blues announced they had signed forward David Spina. The 27 year old native of Arizona has played for the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL for the last three years.

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