More commentary on Drew Doughty’s contract saga…Ryan Suter’s agent recently met with Predators management…Several notable players were released or demoted to the minors.

TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons recently chided LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi for his recent claim he cannot afford to overpaid holdout defenseman Drew Doughty, pointing out he has $8 million tied up in Dustin Penner and Simon Gagne. Simmons also claimed some Kings people believe negotiations between Lombardi and Doughty’s agent, Don Meehan, may have gotten personal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay it has, but I still feel the main sticking point remains the contract term, as the Doughty camp are reportedly seeking only a five year deal, while the Kings want to lock him up for at least seven years.

EXAMINER.COM: Jim Diamond reports Nashville Predators GM David Poile recently met with the agent for Predators blueliner Ryan Suter, who’s eligible for UFA status next summer. Poile considered the talks “productive”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Diamond suggests these early talks are a positive sign, and while Predators fans perhaps shouldn’t get their hopes up just yet that Suter could be re-signed soon, I agree that Poile calling those recent talks productive is certainly encouraging.

TSN.CA: reports the Vancouver Canucks have released veteran forward Owen Nolan.

PHILLY.COM: reports the Flyers have released forwards Michael Nylander and Adam Mair.

NBCSPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: reports the St. Louis Blues have placed forward Jonathan Cheechoo on waivers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those were the most notable names to be released or placed on waivers over the weekend. For Nolan and Nylander, they might have to either consider returning to Europe or retirement. Mair might be able to land with another NHL team, but Cheechoo appears destined to finish his career either in the minors or in Europe. He hasn’t been the same since his sports hernia surgery several years ago.