Monday afternoon notes: All eyes on California

Can Commissioner Gary Bettman succeed in getting a decision on realignment made at today's Board of Governors meeting?

Nashville Predators fans will have to hang on just a while longer for the two major news items of the day. Jordin Tootoo's hearing with Brendan Shanahan is supposed to take place shortly, after which we'll hear whether or not he gets suspended for his hit on Buffalo's Ryan Miller Saturday night. Meanwhile, the NHL's Board of Governors meeting is just starting this afternoon in Pebble Beach, with realignment the hot topic on the agenda. While it's not certain that a decision will be reached on that front, the amount of chatter going on among the mainstream media members covering the event appears to indicate that this may be the day.

So stay tuned! And until we hear more, dive in to your afternoon hockey notes...

NHL's online store offers 15% off site-wide on Monday, December 5 | Hockey Gear HQ
If you're looking for NHL jerseys, hats, t-shirts, or just about anything else, this is an excellent opportunity to save a few bucks at the league's online store.

Nashville Predators News

Paul McCann - One Last Chance to Save UAH Hockey plus some Random Notes
The UAH Chargers have one more opportunity to save their program tomorrow, and Paul's rallying support here.

Preds prospect Salomaki to play for Finland at World Juniors… | Section 303
Good news for Preds fans, as we'll catch a glimpse of the 2011 draftee during this month's tournament.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Defense has been uncharacteristically inconsistent for Preds
Wardo come home!

Smashville 24/7: Rinne ‘staying positive’, realignment and more
Ryan shares a number of updates from practice, as Pekka Rinne fights through a rough stretch.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Nashville hopes to improve on home ice
With 4 wins and 7 losses at Bridgestone Arena so far, something's got to change, writes Robby.

A Day in the Life of an Admiral (Victor Bartley) - JSOnline
Take a walk in Vic's shoes for 24 hours.

Nashville Predators might seek ticket tax increase - The Tennessean
The Preds may follow the Titans lead here (they asked for a similar increase to fund stadium enhancements).

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

What the NHL will lose in four-conference realignment - Puck Daddy
I'm OK with all of this... 4 divisions with playoffs starting within the division. Full steam ahead!

Travel key to realignment + 30 Thoughts - CBC Sports
20 teams in the playoffs??? Puke, puke, double-puke!!! I HATE those kinds of ideas, as expanding the playoffs only further dilutes the meaning of the regular season.

The Icings On The Cake - Japers' Rink
Here's a nifty idea I'll have to run down - determining which players are on the ice when the other team ices the puck, to get an idea of who's doing the best job applying pressure.

ESPN’s Matthew Barnaby arrested for DWI, in SUV with 3 tires - Puck Daddy
Well, that's not good at all.

The Quiet Room: The Return of David Perron - Backhand Shelf
In dramatic fashion, Perron scored in his first game back for St. Louis over the weekend.

WHL: Calgary Hitmen collect 25,000 toys in Teddy Bear Toss (video) - Buzzing The Net
Awwww...

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: Star in the Making - The Hockey Writers
He's not just leading the rookies in scoring, he's #6 in the whole NHL right now.

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