The Hornqvist situation is starting to make me a little uneasy. I know the Preds still have plenty of time to get the deal done, but I'm trying to figure out why it's taking so long. Sources say that the Preds are Hornqvist are "close" to making a deal. The thing is, they've been saying that for about a month now. It'll be interesting to see how this thing plays out. I still expect the Hornqvist deal to get done pretty soon. My only guesses as to why it's taking this long is that the Preds must be trying to find the right price for a Hornqvist-type player. It's also been speculated on that the Preds aren't looking to sign him for more than a 2 year deal. Maybe Patric is looking for more of a long term signing. Either way, it should play out during the course of the next few weeks and he should be back in a Predator uniform.
Hockeybuzz.com has an interesting rumor going regarding the Predators. It has the Preds as potentially trying to sign Patrick O'Sullivan. O'Sullivan is a pretty decent player and his veteran qualities would certainly be a help to the organization. Two things here that could prevent this from happening though. I'd think the Preds would probably want to get Hornqvist signed before signing O'Sullivan, and who knows how long that's going to take. The other is that the Preds have a certain defenseman that will be a RFA next year (aka Shea Weber), and they might try to save up a little cap space for The Beast. So do I expect O'Sullivan to get signed by Nashville? I'll give it about a 40% chance. Besides, between O'Sullivan and Sullivan, it might get a little confusing for the fans.
The Winter Classic will be held at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh this year on New Year's Day. The NHL is trying to pull out all the stops this time as they have matched Crosby's Penguins against Ovechkin's Capitals in the game. While I do think this will be a great game to watch and the T.V. ratings will probably be astronomical, I also think the NHL is overselling the rivalry of Ovechkin Vs. Crosby. Every time they play each other that game becomes bigger than the league itself, and I don't know whether or not that's healthy for the game in the long run. People don't realize that you can turn on an NHL game on any given night and still see the same intense action on a nightly basis that you do when those two teams play. But, superstars sell the game and they always have. If Crosby vs. Ovechkin in the Winter Classic brings more and more fans to the NHL then, hey, I'm all for it. Although, it wasn't much of a rivalry last year as Washington won every game.......just sayin.