Sergei Kostitsyn would like to stay: Tuesday's notes

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17: Sergei Kostitsyn #74 of the Nashville Predators skates against Alex Pietrangelo #27 of the St Louis Blues at the Bridgestone Arena on December 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Our morning hockey notes begin with word from one of Nashville's most important restricted free agents, Sergei Kostitsyn, on how he'd like to stay with the Predators for the long haul. While I doubt there's much question that the team would like him back (unlike his big brother Andrei), the question is, what role do you see SK74 playing on this team going forward?

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Nashville Predators News

Inside Smashville " Sergei Kostitsyn looks for multi-year deal with Predators
I'm OK with this, as long as they don't tie up too much money. He's just not top-line material, and has done next to nothing in two playoff runs here.

The View from 111: An Open Letter to Ryan Suter
Mark pens a longer, more detailed version of this.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Smith now knows what to expect at NHL level
I think we're all eager to see what Craig Smith will do next season.

In Memoriam: The 2011-2012 Season of the Nashville Predators | The Predatorial
Jeremy ponders the opportunity lost, and whether a hint of arrogance undermined the Preds.

Paul McCann - The Class of 2012 - Thoughts on Graduation
Paul plays some "Pomp & Circumstance" for potentially departing Preds.

Better equipped, better prepared Preds do no better | Nashville City Paper
Have expectations been raised? And if so, what constitutes a disappointing season?

Boclair: Owners, schmowners | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair wonders why Tom Cigarran didn't just jump on the ice and score a few goals against Phoenix.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

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Why Is Marek Zidlicky a Success With the Devils? - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
The Devils embracing a blueliner with defensive liabilities, but who can create scoring chances? The world has gone mad.

IIHF World Championships: Preliminary Round Closes Tuesday - Puck Worlds
Here's what's on tap at the Worlds today.

Los Angeles Kings? Sacramento Kings? Ah, What's The Difference ... -
Well, that's embarrassing.

Unrestricted Free Agents: The Northeast Division - Canes Country
Does anybody here catch your eye?

Todd Richards - More Than Mr. Right Now - The Cannon
Matt wonders if this head coaching thing's going to work out.

Coaching candidates that could merit consideration -
No mention of Nashville here.

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You used to hear talk about NHL expansion into Europe, but forget about it.

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