Thursday afternoon notes: Josi's slap shot still stings wounded Wing

As the Nashville Predators get ready for tomorrow's big tilt in Detroit, we have trade speculation, examinations of Seattle and Quebec City as potential NHL markets, and the unfortunate news that months after taking a shot to the face during a Predators/Red Wings game, Detroit forward Patrick Eaves still faces a long recovery.

All that, and a Hall of Fame hockey star who should perhaps hit a Nashville stage after the jump...

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Nashville Predators News

The story behind those ‘Stanley Cup champion Nashville Predators hockey team’ signs inside arena | Puck Daddy
It's pretty much what we all know - the signs are a vision statement, but oddly written in a way that describes the vision as already having become reality. In related news, I've lost 40 pounds, have saved enough money to cover my kids' college education, and am the King of France.

Smashville 24/7: Preds aim to break Detroit’s record streak
Ryan talks to the players and head coach about the challenge of entering the Red Wings' lair.

Gut Rumblings: Announcing the Wade Belak Memorial Fund drive
BigBen launches a drive to raise money in #3's memory.

What's Needed At The Trade Deadline - Nashville Predators
Tom Callahan wonders if this roster really needs to be tweaked after all. Yes, if things break their way, the Preds could beat just about anybody in a 7-game series. The question is, where does one set expectations? Is it good enough to just get into the playoffs and hope for success, or should we expect a deep run?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Eaves still battles post-concussion headaches - The Wheel Deal Blog
The last time the Predators visited Detroit, a Roman Josi slapshot broke Patrick Eaves' jaw, and he's still suffering daily headaches due to the concussion.

Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg (lower-body injury) out for Friday; Tomas Tatar recalled from Grand Rapids | MLive.com
At least the Preds won't have to face Zetterberg tomorrow at Detroit.

The Sedins and the numbers agree: Dead Puck Era hockey is creeping back into the NHL | Backhand Shelf
Back to the 90's? No thank you...

Blue Jackets: What’s the price for Nash? | BlueJackets Xtra
Aaron Portzline puts some of the Twitter rumor-mongers to shame, with the list of teams Rick Nash would approve a trade to. Putting him on Boston would just be unfair.

Is Rick Nash really what the Leafs need? - The Globe and Mail
The self-proclaimed center of the hockey universe would go supernova if it landed Rick Nash.

Lightning GM Yzerman addresses potential trade scenario involving defenseman Pavel Kubina - Tampa Bay Lightning
Fairly candid stuff here about dealing the big defenseman, who we mused about earlier today.

Uni Watch " Hockey Grab Bag
It's always a good day when Uni-Watch takes a hockey turn.

Tough guy tactics are alive and well in the NHL - The Globe and Mail
It seems like lots of teams are leaning on the knuckle-draggers to gain an edge, writes Sean Gordon.

Tweet, tweet: A little birdy told me I was traded - Edmonton Journal
In times like these, it's hard to take your eye off Twitter for more than a little while. You never know when news might break.

Hemsky is ready to roll after his injury and should be signed by Oilers, Peter Adler argues | Edmonton Journal
At least not the entire MSM in Edmonton is trying to run Ales Hemsky out of town.

Ovechkin and O-zone Obsession - Japers' Rink
It sounds like somebody needs to put the "O" back in Ovechkin.

A brief look at Seattle’s history with the NHL | Backhand Shelf
A history lesson, just in case it becomes relevant again soon.

Canadian ice hockey: Homecoming queen | The Economist
My favorite magazine takes on the idea of the NHL returning to Quebec City.

How Much Do Sports Fans Love Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC] - Mashable
Sports fans are a plugged-in bunch, for sure.

Bryan Trottier has some Johnny Cash tunes he’d like to play for you (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
What do you think, should he hit the stage at Tootsie's?

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