BC-Sports Showcase Digest,ADVISORY

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TUESDAY, April 3

HKN–Wild-Staal Gets 40

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild signed Eric Staal before last season from the bargain bin in free agency, with his production on the decline in Carolina. But the opportunity to relocate to a market close to his Manitoba, Canada, roots has helped the 33-year-old recapture his scoring touch of old. Last week, Staal hit the 40-goal mark, joining the great Gordie Howe as the only players in NHL history to post 40-goal seasons at least nine years apart with none in between. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video.

FRIDAY, April 6

HKN–DEEP PREDATORS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators are having their best season yet through a combination of savvy drafting, surprising trades and a handful of salary cap-friendly contract extensions. General manager David Poile’s crafty moves have the defending Western Conference champs on the verge of what could be a dominant run in the NHL. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 725 words, photos. Video.

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