Kings Crowned: Tuesday's notes

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11: Captain Dustin Brown #23, Assistant Captain Anze Kopitar #11 and other members of the Los Angeles Kings surround the Stanley Cup during a group photo after the Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center on June 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Kings finished off their 2012 Stanley Cup Championship run in grand style, with a 6-1 thumping of the New Jersey Devils that left no doubt about their rise to the top of the hockey world. Here in Nashville, we can watch and admire the Kings, while wondering what lies ahead for the Predators, starting with the big question - is "the Predator Way" really the Preds' best path to a title?

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Nashville Predators News

Boclair: The Predator way | Nashville City Paper
Boclair saves the money shot for the final paragraph, adding to a chorus that has been building over time.

Top 15 moments of the 2011-12 Preds season: #14 | Section 303

Radulov's departure will affect Suter, Weber - FS Tennessee
In the hunt for narrative, Shea Weber's concussion gets credit for turning the Preds' season around.

Preds in review: Paul Gaustad - Predators Insider
Can the Preds afford a golden Goose?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Champions - Jewels From The Crown
They're giddy in La-La Land over their Kings, and that's perfectly understandable.

Jonathan Quick’s dominant postseason earns him Conn Smythe Trophy | Puck Daddy
You can't argue with that pick.

Disturbances Are Few in a City Prepared to Keep Title Celebration Calm -
Good news, this.

Frustrated Devils withhold criticism of Stoll hit, Bernier ejection | Puck Daddy
Bernier's hit was a textbook 5-and-a-game call, and while there should've been a penalty to Stoll for his hit seconds earlier, it wasn't in the same class at all, nor does it excuse Bernier's loss of focus.

Kings’ plan for sweet, sweet office revenge on Devils accidentally emailed to media | Puck Daddy
Ooh, even the PR folks were getting competitive.

The Flames use of Advanced Stats and PUCKS - Matchsticks and Gasoline

Keeping Crosby is risky business for Penguins | Hockey | CBC Sports
Elliotte Friedman's "30 Thoughts" include some rather different details on how contract insurance works than we've seen before.

Black Dog Hates Skunks: I Love It When A Plan Comes Together - Two Silver Foxes
Craig MacTavish returns to Edmonton as a hockey operations executive, in a move many Oilers fans are hoping means that Steve Tambellini is on notice.

A Cold Game: How Hockey Discourages Personality | Backhand Shelf
See why we can't have nice things? " 2012 NHL free agent defensemen
Here's a look at how the overall market shapes up.

L.A. Kings 2012 Stanley Cup championship gear now available! | Hockey Gear HQ
Whether it's a hat, t-shirt, jersey, or other piece of L.A. Kings gear you're looking for, here are the best ways to save on Stanley Cup championship apparel...

And lastly... if you're looking for a playoff wrapup montage, this one is pretty freaking incredible:

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