Drama awaits Devils & Rangers in Game 6: Friday's notes

After a night without action, the Stanley Cup Playoffs will resume tonight with Game Six between the Devils & Rangers, and with New Jersey holding a 3-2 series advantage, echoes of 1994 seem to be everywhere...

Nashville Predators News

Smashville 24/7 - Valuable experience gained by Preds rookies
...and that's why they won't be rookies any more.

Trading with the Enemy: The Conundrum of Ryan Suter | The Predatorial
I find it hard to believe that David Poile will be able to get much for the right to talk exclusively with Suter for a few weeks before free agency opens on July 1.

Nashville Predators job: Legal & Administrative Affairs Coordinator | Hockey Gear HQ
Looking for work with one of the NHL's fastest-growing teams? Take a look at this open position.

Preds in review: Nick Spaling - Predators Insider
Is there much upside left in Spaling's game?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Devils guarantee they’ll downplay 1994 conference finals for Game 6 vs. Rangers | Puck Daddy
Mark Messier's not walking through that door.

Phoenix Coyotes Injury Report: Post Playoffs - Five For Howling
Apparently Lauri Korpikoski suffered a concussion in the first round, and kept on playing.

Los Angeles Kings Western Conference championship belt; yes, seriously (PHOTO) | Puck Daddy
Incredible!

When it comes to goalie search, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said he first will try the trade route - Lightning Strikes | Tampa Bay Times
I wonder where he might find one?

Report: Luongo Wants Trade Out Of Vancouver, Vigneault Says - Nucks Misconduct
Hmm...

Player numbers Hockey Canada’s main concern - The Globe and Mail
In the U.S., however, the game seems to be growing.

Canadian fans' complex views on fighting in hockey - The Globe and Mail
Bring up the idea of banning hockey to a hardcore fan, and you'll likely have to drop the gloves.

Burke, Carlyle and the Top Six-Bottom Six Model | Maple Leafs Hotstove
With his new head coach in place, Brian Burke may restructure things a bit in Toronto.

Tomas Kopecky visits Pavol Demitra’s grave with Slovakia silver medal (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Zdeno Chara even donned a Demitra jersey during the World Championship medal ceremony.

Ryan Russell Signs 2-Way Contract With Blue Jackets - The Cannon
A depth signing for the division rival.

NHL Awards 2012: SB Nation Bloggers Select Calder Trophy Winner - SBNation.com
And the winner is...

Dodger Stadium Winter Classic? Team Interested In Hosting NHL Outdoor Game - Jewels From The Crown
Not a bad idea, this.

Lastly, as found at Kukla's Korner, here's Gary Bettman talking about the state of the NHL these days:

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