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SPOTLIGHT: NHL REALIGNMENT

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

The New York Rangers could be seeing even more of the arch-rival Islanders if a realignment plan approved by the NHL Board of Governors on Monday night is implemented.

At the BOG meetings in Pebble Beach, Calif., the board approved a plan that eliminates the current two-conference, six-division setup in favor of a configuration that features four conferences based primarily on geography. Two conferences will have eight teams, the other two will have seven teams.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

BY: Bruce Berlet

Not surprisingly, the mother of Wade Belak said the former NHL player suffered from depression before committing suicide last Wednesday.

“I think he was taking control of that,” Lorraine Belak said in a phone interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Company from Nashville, Tenn. “He didn’t talk about it all the time or a lot.”

The body of the 35-year-old Belak was found in a downtown luxury hotel and condominium in Toronto where he was staying as he prepared for the reality show “Battle of the Blades,” the CBC’s version of “Dancing With the Stars.” A person familiar with his death said Belak, who had eight goals, 25 assists, 136 fights and 1,263 penalty minutes in 549 NHL games for five teams in 14 seasons, hanged himself just hours after joking with 2006 Olympic pairs silver medalist Tanith Belbin on a Twitter post.

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STANLEY CUP WISHES AND SHEA WEBER DREAMS

shea-weberName a New York Rangers’ fan anywhere that wouldn’t want to see a top defensive line of Shea Weber and Marc Staal?

With the Nashville Predators’ captain in a bit of a contract squabble at the moment, what would be more fun in the midst of summer than pretending to be Glen Sather and David Poile.

As I see it, from high atop the fantasy mountain, Glen Sather has plenty of depth in defense that he can bargain with.

Ryan McDonagh and Michael Sauer have emerged as true talented NHL defensemen. But coming up behind them is a literal plethora of defensive talent.

Tim Erixon appears to be a lock to play in the NHL. Michael Del Zotto is due to return to form. Pavel Valentenko, needs a bit more work on his positioning, but he’s poised to make the leap soon…by the way, if you haven’t seen him unload a shot from the point yet, we’re talking power in the Chris Pronger, Sheldon Souray, Zdeno Chara neighborhood.

Then there’s Dylan McIlrath coming up and will contend but is probably a year away. Mikhail Pashnin and Tomas Kundratek and Lee Baldwin had a very promising season in both Greenville and Hartford.

They could easily spare Dan Girardi, who they will have to give up just to start with to make the numbers work. They’ll also likely have to send Wojtek Wolski as well. But I would also give them Sauer and McDonagh and a draft pick.

For the Rangers it’s a steep price to pay, but with the kind of numbers that Weber is piling on and given that he is only 25-years of age and bound to get even better, I would be willing to surrender that much for a player that would likely elevate this team to Stanley Cup contenders and certainly among the Top Three best teams in the Eastern Conference.

Usually theoretical trade talk isn’t something we do on this site. Who would you give up to get Weber?

Now remember, Poile isn’t going to give up his team’s best player if he doesn’t think what he’s getting back isn’t going to either a) make his team better or b) get what he thinks is equal value.

So what do you think?

(photo courtesy of talkleafs.com)

DUPONT SIGNS IN NASHVILLE

Nashville Predators Sign Brodie Dupont

By Press Release – Nashville Predators

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 8, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed restricted free agent forward Brodie Dupont to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $80,000 at the AHL level.

Dupont, 24 (2/17/87), was acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers on Saturday. He ranked third on the Connecticut Whale in points (14g-31a-45pts) and assists and second in power-play goals (9) in 2010-11. The Russell, Man., native made his NHL debut with the Rangers last season, appearing in a 3-2 victory over Atlanta on Jan. 22, 2011. In 297 American Hockey League games since 2007-08, Dupont has 148 points (58g-90a) and 389 penalty minutes.

A third-round selection (66th overall) of the New York Rangers in the 2005 Entry Draft, the 6-2, 210-pound left wing played 214 career games with the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen from 2003-07, registering 149 points (81g-68a) along with 324 penalty minutes.

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

In all my years covering the New England and Hartford Whalers, few players were smarter on or off the puck, more engaging or enjoyed themselves more than Brent Peterson.

Whether the Whalers won, lost or tied, Peterson was always available for an assessment of the game, with a wisecrack usually tossed in along the way.

So Peterson’s response as Nashville Predators general manager David Poile choked up when announcing Parkinson’s disease would prevent Peterson from continuing as associate coach under Barry Trotz was vintage Brent.

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