GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 27: Alexander Radulov #47 of the Nashville Predators reacts in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 27, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
A couple of the questions which fans have asked regarding the whole Alexander Radulov/Andrei Kostitsyn affair sound like something out of a political caper - When did the team find out about it, and how did they find out?
Our afternoon hockey notes start off with answers on both those fronts...
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First off, listen to Barry Trotz's press conference this morning, including his words around the 8:15 mark about when the team found out that Kostitsyn & Radulov went out on the town Saturday night:
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Kris shares an unconfirmed report detailing how David Poile found out about the whole deal.
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Certainly if they go down 3-0, it's pretty much over.
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...because Josi/Klein has been a train wreck at times.
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Pretty much everyone is expecting the Preds to come out with their best game of the series tonight.
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Geez, I should hope so - he hasn't been the problem at all.
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Hopefully Mattias Ekholm isn't terrible for Sweden.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
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It ain't over until [insert Kyle Wellwood joke].
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E asks some big-picture questions about the AK46 & Radulov suspension.
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And now for something completely different.
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Justin Bourne argues that for a short time, teams can overcome such losses by focusing on the basics.
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Collins might well be the NHL's real MVP.
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The former Preds draft pick is making waves this postseason for Washington.