Friday afternoon notes: Jim Balsillie's post-Nashville tumble

This afternoon's hockey notes lead off with an interesting bit of hockey karma, for those of you who recall the days when Jim Balsillie threatened to sweep the Nashville Predators off to Hamilton...

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Nashville Predators News

The Dwindling Fortunes Of RIM's Former Billionaires - Forbes
Jim Balsillie's holdings in RIM have dropped 90% in value since he tried to hijack the Predators a few years back. Boo Freaking Hoo. (hat tip to @stackiii)

The 303:30 – Buddy Oakes, Dmitry Chesnokov and YOUR questions! | Section 303
Crank up your favorite podcasting device...

Dupont and Blum Could Make the Difference | Admirals Roundtable
The Admirals have a pair of critical home games this weekend in their desperate chase to make the Calder Cup playoffs.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Wings goalie Jimmy Howard to play against Predators | The Detroit News
Detroit gets their #1 netminder back for tonight's tilt.

Casino tax-financed deal for Nationwide Arena completed | The Columbus Dispatch
The Columbus Blue Jackets will get some major financial relief now that this has been completed.

Woe Canada? Not really, hockey fans - The Globe and Mail
Any Canadian fans not down with the Canucks or Senators are welcome on the Preds' bandwagon.

Selling the Unicorn: How to Hire an Anglophone GM in Montreal - theScore.com
And just think, if Quebec City gets back in the NHL, that Francophone talent pool will get stretched even thinner.

A Q&A with Doug Smith on having his hockey career immortalized in the film 'Goon' - Grantland
Meet the guy whose autobiography was turned into the movie.

Flames Fans Must Demand a Rebuild - Matchsticks and Gasoline
What will it take for Calgary to burn things down and start over?

Graham James returns 1989 award from The Hockey News - The Globe and Mail
Well, ain't this big of him.

The Dark Blue Jacket: Is the worst of the Central better than the best of the Southeast?
I wouldn't quite go that far, but it's not a wild idea.

Jeff Carter To Miss Rest of Week - DailyFaceoff.com
The Kings will miss Jeff Carter for a few games, as he's in a walking boot.

Are You a Vancouver Canucks Cynic or Optimist? | The Hockey Writers
Watching the emotional roller coaster in B.C. this spring will be an exercise in schadenfreude.

Down Goes Brown: A brief rant on the state of the Brian Burke era
What, no funny?

New NHL job posting - Programming Coordinator, Broadcasting | Hockey Gear HQ
The National Hockey League is looking for a Programming Coordinator, an opportunity to get your foot in the door on the broadcasting side of the NHL (if you're up for moving to New York City, that is).

Lastly, check out the video as Sharks TV analyst Drew Remenda goes off on a newspaper guy after a lame "just win the game" rant (tip to Pete Weber for sharing this on Twitter):


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