Morning Skate: Friday, June 29

Morning Skate: Friday, June 29
June 29, 2012, 2:31 pm
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Credit to Eric Francis for trying to stick up for the GM he covers on a daily basis, but giving five years and big money to Dennis Wideman will be an absolutely disastrous deal by the last two years. Jay Feaster is a mess in Calgary.

The Nashville Predators sign Hal Gill to a two-year contract extension, and give the Preds a nice building block for a playoff team thats trying to keep everybody together.

The Colorado Avalanche can spend 32 million under the new salary cap specifications, and are one of the biggest targets that could potentially be interested in the Tim Thomas cap hit while playing in his new home state.

Are the Detroit Red Wings out on the Justin Schultz sweepstakes? Why are we so obsessed with the Justin Schultz sweepstakes?

Some interesting back and forth discussions on whether the Sidney Crosby contract is good or bad for the NHL, and all of his fellow players.

Nino Niederreiter wants to make a statement next season for the New York Islanders, and its pretty clear the Isles are looking for those kinds of players.

ESPN.com makes an argument why Bobby Ryan would be a better fit than Rick Nash with the New York Rangers. Ryan would be a better fit for any team given his cap hit and the offensive provided.

For something completely different: Rolling Stone ranks the 100 Greatest Beatles songs of all time, and I have a fairly legit problem with their No. 1 choice. Not the greatest Beatles song of all time. My favorite song? "Dear Prudence".