Friday's news: Right back to work for the Nashville Predators

Let's wrap up the work week with a hefty helping of hockey news, shall we?

After the jump, we've got speculation about what Nashville might do at the NHL Trade Deadline, a verbal blast by a general manager against one of his players' college coaches, and a hilarious video reminder of hard it can be to speak eloquently when someone has stolen your teeth...

Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Game Recap: Upshall Powers Yotes Past Preds 4-2
Buddy seemed awfully preoccupied with the Vegas over/under line on last night's game...

Upshall Shines With Natural Hat Trick And Leads Phoenix To A 4-2 Win - Brandon Felder
Huh? Chiding the Preds because they didn't pass enough? The opposite was the problem earlier in the season...

See Puck City: Preds Receive A Jobbing(.com) From The Coyotes: Lose 4-2
SPC might have to wash his mouth out with soap after that frustrating 3rd period.

The View from 111: Desert Dogs Drop Predators 4-2
Mark pins much of the blame for last night on Jason Arnott and Steve Sullivan.

The Buyers: Nashville Predators - NHLHotStove.com
Buddy Oakes was asked to provide a guest post about what the Preds might do at the trade deadline.

Mid-Season Grades -- The Rest - Admirals Short Shifts
Ryan provides interim report cards on Milwaukee's defense and goaltending.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
John Glennon notes, and I agree, that the Sullivan-Arnott-Hornqvist line was the most dangerous for Nashville last night.

Five questions for Fidds - Predators Insider
John Glennon catches up with old-time Pred Vern Fiddler...

Around the NHL

Avalanche continue to buck the numbers - NHL.com
Yup, Colorado is still a "surprise" team, and I still expect them to miss the playoffs.

Is Stastny Underperforming? - Mile High Hockey
Paul Stastny set the bar pretty high in his first two NHL seasons, and now has to live up to those expectations in Denver.

Just how good are these flickering Flames? - The Globe and Mail
Eric Duhatschek's weekly NHL column isn't the first to raise the possibility of Dallas signing Dan Ellis over the summer. He also (rightly) praises Carolina for their frankness in switching into "rebuilding mode".

With Jeremy Roenick on the team, NBC can once again boast of must-see TV - The Globe and Mail
Is Jeremy Roenick the cure for the NHL's woeful TV ratings? I highly doubt that.

All Habs: Hockey legend Jean Beliveau in hospital after stroke
Hockey fans everywhere are wishing the Canadiens great a speedy recovery.

2007 Draft - Forwards - The Copper & Blue
Scott Reynolds continues his series examining how forwards from the 2007 NHL Entry Draft are producing in various leagues.

The Oilers habit of giving up goals due to positioning - The Copper & Blue
Derek Zona points out some brain-dead faceoff work by the Oilers that led to a goal against.

Dean Lombardi Isn't On Red Berenson's Christmas Card List | mgoblog
L.A. Kings GM Dean Lombardi opened up a verbal tirade against University of Michigan coach Red Berenson, blaming him for Jack Johnson's slow development as a blueliner. Lombardi is way out of bounds here, considering Berenson's track record with developing quality NHL players - certainly a record far superior than anything Lombardi has done.

Kings' Jack Johnson irate over GM Lombardi's comments about him and Michigan | The Fabulous Forum | Los Angeles Times
Jack Johnson turns the cannons around on his general manager, calling his verbal blast at Berenson "irresponsible and unprofessional."

They really ARE twins | CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG
OK, this is genuinely funny.

Oh why, oh why, didn't the Oilers sign Manny Malhotra this summer? Or Vern Fiddler? Or even Marcel Goc? - Cult of Hockey
When an Edmonton scribe covets past and present depth forwards from Nashville, you know the Oilers are having a long season.

Selke Frontrunners - Jibblescribbits
The Avs blogger takes a stab at identifying top defensive forwards. I'd quibble over his writing off all wingers out of hand, and perhaps putting too much emphasis on faceoff work, but it's a really good look at an area that's usually overlooked.

Bettman: Lots of time to decide 2014 status - The Globe and Mail
While some like to portray next month as perhaps the last time NHL players will participate in the Olympics, that's highly doubtful.

The Golden Age of Hockey On TV - Hockey or Die
Jonathan Willis shares a depressing long-term view of hockey ratings on TV.

Chatting with Steve Yzerman about Cormier, Burrows, Team Canada and why he thinks 'Team Russia is the favorite' - Puck Daddy
Dmitri Chesnokov talks Olympic hockey with "Stevie Wonder". Sorry, but I'm just not buying the line that Team Russia is favored over Canada, but I understand why he'd try to position it that way.

Down Goes Brown: Where will Kovalchuk end up? The pros and cons
The Mighty DGB has the down & dirty on likely Ilya Kovalchuk trade options.

Tyler Myers Years Ahead Of Zdeno Chara - Die By The Blade
Early this season, Preds fans got a look at 6'8" rookie Tyler Myers when the Sabres came into town and beat Nashville 1-0. Now, he's probably the favorite for the Calder Trophy.

And lastly...

Someone Stole Ian Laperriere's Teeth, And Now He Struggles Helping The Needy - SB Nation
Here's a perfect example of why hockey players are loved so much, and why Ian Laperriere in particular is so popular wherever he's gone. Having had his teeth stolen, he still tried his best to film a commercial for a charity benefit the Flyers were helping with, and the outtakes are hilarious:

 


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