Could we see college hockey fans making a pilgrimage to Nashville in the future?
In a fitting followup to last weekend's debut of college hockey at Bridgestone Arena, the Predators and the Nashville Sports Council are apparently going to make a run at bringing the NCAA's Frozen Four to Music City sometime in the next few years. This would represent a real milestone for the development of Middle Tennessee as a hockey market, bringing fans in from around the country to experience a hockey weekend in Nashville. It will not only provide another boost to the honkey tonks and restaurants on Broadway, but could also pay dividends down the road and draw these folks back to town when their favorite NHL team visits, too.
Follow after the jump for more about Nashville's upcoming bid, and all the rest of your morning hockey news!
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Nashville to make Frozen Four bid - The Tennessean
The Nashville Sports Council and the Preds plan on bidding for the 2015 or 2016 installment of the NCAA's championship hockey tournament. New COO Sean Henry has been through this process before, having helped Tampa land the 2012 event.
Hockey Night in Nashville: On A Tear
Robby's digging the way Shea Weber's been playing lately.
Preds On The Glass: Predators-Coyotes Square Off in the Desert in Battle for Fourth Place and Tuesday Tidbits
Buddy previews tonight's game, and points you to a roller derby survey as well.
Preview #46: Predators Visit Phoenix In Battle For Fourth Place In West - Predlines
Amanda's preview highlights the Preds' all-time record at Phoenix (8-13-2) and the long list of injured who will miss tonight for Nashville.
Predators to get back one defenseman, lose another briefly | Nashville City Paper
In addition to the blueline talk, there's also some discussion of the home/road jersey situation for next year.
No Bouillon against Phoenix - Predators Insider
Barry Trotz talks through the options on replacing The Cube for tonight's game.
Around the NHL
Canes Now - Staal, Lidstrom named A-S captains | newsobserver.com blogs
The local hero (Eric Staal) and the hallowed veteran (Nicklas Lidstrom) will be your All-Star captains.
Angry Crosby likely to skip all-star game - The Globe and Mail
I can understand if Sidney Crosby misses the All-Star Weekend due to his concussion. What I don't buy is this "he's angry over how the league treats concussions, so he'll stay away but not really say that's the reason why" theory.
Down Goes Brown: Tips for dominating the NHL All-Star fantasy draft
A handy guide for whichever All-Stars end up picking the teams next Friday.
Davidson updates injured Blues - The Globe and Mail
Much like the Preds, St. Louis has had to deal with injuries to key players this season. T.J. Oshie may be close to returning, but Andy McDonald and David Perron are not.
Commodore Clears Re-Entry Waivers - The Cannon
Nobody wanted the Blue Jackets' red-headed stepchild... even at half price.
Sharks may be closing in on deal for experienced, high-energy forward to help on third or fourth line | Working the Corners
It sounds like San Jose may be making a move soon. The Trade Deadline is just 6 weeks away, folks!
What Can Todd Richards Learn From Jacques Lemaire? - The Copper & Blue
Is part of the problem in Minnesota the way that Todd Richards uses his personnel?
Danny Briere fined $1,000 for jab at Brandon Prust - Broad Street Hockey
Tsk tsk tsk... you can't swing at guys from the bench, Danny.
Brodeur is a Fraud: How The Game of Hockey Taught Me That Goalie Wins Don't Matter
Taking the anecdotal route to discourage the use of Wins as a meaningful indicator of goalie performance.
The League of Extraordinary Statisticians: The Great Debate - Behind The Net
To score, or prevent your opponent from scoring... that is the question.
And lastly, the latest from HockeyGods.com: