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.