Preds players pack, Cherry snipes at Poile: Thursday's notes

GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 07: (L-R) Ryan Suter #20 and Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators talk during a break from Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on May 7, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 2-1 to win the series 4 games to 1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Yesterday afternoon, the Nashville Predators had their final media availability session with the players, as they packed up their things and headed off for a summer of rest, recuperation, and for some, a trip to the World Championships. As you'd expect, there were expressions of disappointment, and that contract situations will take a while to sort out - the last thing anyone wants to do is make a decision while emotions are still running high.

Follow after the jump for your morning hockey notes, which conclude with the latest Coach's Corner, in which Don Cherry appears to take a serious swipe at Preds' GM David Poile...

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators hope playoff loss won't run off new fans | The Tennessean
You guys aren't going anywhere, are you?

Suter wants to take time before starting negotiations with Predators - Nashville Predators Examiner
Don't expect an immediate solution here.

Nashville Predators' Alexander Radulov reveals injury to knee | The Tennessean
Rads is unsurprisingly cautious when talking about his future plans.

Medvedev: "Nashville," Radulov revenge "- 2011-2012 NHL - Hockey - Eurosport
KHL President Alexander Medvedev makes some truly idiotic statements about the Preds taking "revenge" on Rads for not signing a long-term contract, and that's what was really behind his Game 3 suspension.

Nashville Predators' Shea Weber has contract options | The Tennessean
Both Bouillon and Gill say they'd like to be back, too.

Centerstone Receives Grant from Nashville Predators Foundation | The Leaf Chronicle
See where some of those charitable dollars are going to work.

Nashville/Phoenix Finishes Up, But Still Low " Puck The Media
Overall, the Preds/Coyotes series drew slightly higher US ratings than Preds/Canucks last year.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Recap: Caps 2, Rangers 1 - Japers' Rink
They're headed to a Game 7 for the right to face New Jersey in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Kings and Flyers are both winners thanks to Richards, Carter trades | Backhand Shelf
This does seem to be one of those things that worked well for both teams.

How the Phoenix Coyotes could beat the Los Angeles Kings in the West Final | Backhand Shelf
Hey, it's not like anybody picked them to beat the Preds. Seriously, though, the main thing they'll need is for Mike Smith to continue his superhuman ways. Good luck with that.

Western Conference Final shows Bettman’s dream of a super-offensive league is dead | Backhand Shelf
Does this all mean the "New NHL" is long-gone?

Shea Weber tops Canucks’ fantasy trade list - The Province
This kind of talk is going to continue until The Captain signs an extension.

Quenneville uses leverage, plus 30 Thoughts | Hockey | CBC Sports
Point 9 here is a verrrrrrrrrrry interesting perspective.

Ron MacLean of CBC compares NHL players to 9/11 first responders in preposterous tribute (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Yeah, probably not Ron's proudest moment.

Habs Coaching Candidates: The Unusual Suspects | All Habs
I'm still surprised that Bob Hartley's been out of the NHL for so long.

A three-in-the-key rule to solve NHL’s shot-blocking bore - The Globe and Mail
I'm all for considering ideas to reduce shot blocking, but yuck, this one's a stinker.

The Dark Blue Jacket: F.A.N.S. offers up 1,002 signatures to CBJ
The natives are restless in Columbus.

Welcome to NHLNumbers |
My favorite resource for salary information is taking a fresh dive into the realm of advanced hockey stats.

Offense doesn’t win in the playoffs… | Hockey Analysis
This year, the high-scoring teams have been getting bounced.

Stars to hire former GM Bob Gainey as consultant - The Dallas Morning News
A savvy hire here for the Stars, as it gives GM Joe Nieuwendyk an experienced executive and former player to lean on.

Why Philadelphia fans are suing Flyers over Winter Classic ticket policy | Puck Daddy
This looks like a major PR stumble by the Flyers.

The NHL and Canada: Southern discomfort | The Economist
A picture of the Preds in my favorite magazine in the world? Awesome, but this article is mostly about Phoenix.

And lastly, check out the latest Coach's Corner. Stick through the nauseating bit about Boyd Gordon winning one faceoff after another for a history lesson on a Stanley Cup winner which dealt with a player who got drunk along the way and even missed a morning skate. Is Grapes calling David Poile a "loser" at the very end?

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