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

Busy week for Blackhawks fans.

Rookie training camp has begun and the Blackhawks rookies are playing the Ottawa Senators prospects in London, Ontario. In the first of two games, the Senators scored six goals in the third period to win 7-3 on Sunday. Scoring for the Hawks were David Gilbert, Rob Flick and Igor Makarov.

The Blackhawks signed center Ryan Potulny to a one-year contract last week, worth the league minimum $500 000. The deal is a two-way contract which would see Potulny earning $105 000 in the AHL. The deal is a pay cut for the former Oiler, having earned $595 000 a year ago. The 26 year old was third in goal scoring for Edmonton last year with a career high 15 goals and ranked sixth in points achieving a career best 32 points in 64 regular-season games last year.

Last Tuesday the team announced the promotions of Stan Bowman to Vice President/General Manager, Jay Blunk to Executive Vice President, Kevin Cheveldayoff to Assistant General Manager/Senior Director of Hockey Operations, Al MacIsaac to Vice President/Assistant to the President and Chris Werner to Vice President of Ticket Operations and Customer Service.

The Blackhawks have an annual training camp festival. This year it is being held this coming Sunday, but if you want tickets to the event you are out of luck. The main event is set for fans to watch the first training camp practice and believe it or not it is standing room only in the United Center.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets signed center Ryan Johansen to a three-year entry level contract. At the AHL level, Johansen will make $67 000. However, if he is able to make the jump to the NHL, the 18 year old will have a base salary of $900 000, signing bonus of $90 000 and playing bonuses worth $1, 075 000 for each year of the contract. Wowsers.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Ryan Johansen, drafted fourth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Johansen was the Blue Jackets’ first pick, fourth overall, in this year’s Draft. Last season in Portland of the Western Hockey League, Johansen had 69 points in 71 games, scoring 25 goals and adding 44 assists.

Friday is going to be a big day for Columbus fans. Not only does training camp for returning players begin on the 17th of September, but individual game tickets for the season opener and all regular season games go on sale.

Fans are invited to Nationwide Arena this Saturday to take in the first training camp practice. The first 1000 fans in attendance get training camp t-shirts.

Detroit Red Wings

Kirk Maltby resigned with the Red Wings last Wednesday. The deal is reportedly worth $525 000 and is a two-way contract. To be sent down to the AHL, Maltby would have to clear waivers. Maltby has played with the Wings for most of his career–13 of 16 seasons.

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Kirk Maltby #18 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against Jay Leach #28 of the San Jose Sharks during an NHL game at the HP Pavilion on February 2, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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St. Louis Blues

The Blues made announcements concerning their on-ice leadership this past week. Eric Brewer will continue to serve as captain for the upcoming season. David Backes, Barret Jackman, Alex Steen and Erik Johnson will be the team’s assistant captains.

No fan favorite T.J. Oshie?

St. Louis Blues Tj Oshie (L) is first to greet goaltender Chris Mason after a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on April 3, 2010. UPI/Bill Greenblatt Photo via Newscom
Until Jaroslav came to town, easily the most popular Blues player, was Oshie snubbed when half the team was named as an Alternate Captain? (Photo: Yardbarker.com)

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