Brian McGrattan's ready for his biggest scrap yet: Saturday's notes

NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 04: Ryan Reaves #75 of the St Louis Blues ties up Brian McGrattan #23 of the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on February 4, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Congratulations to Nashville Predators enforcer Brian McGrattan, who has some big plans for this weekend:

I wonder if his tux will have a tie-down strap in the back?

How fitting that McGrattan shared this news via Twitter, as one of your morning hockey notes touches on how popular that social media platform is among the Preds...

Nashville Predators News

22 Years Later, David Poile Faces Scott Stevens Redux - SB Nation DC
Take a trip back in time to when Poile, as Washington GM, let Scott Stevens go via an offer sheet. Look on the bright side, at least Shea Weber's not involved in a rape scandal.

What to do about Weber? | The Predatorial
James points out the difficulties of playing the blame game.

What Shea Weber’s offer sheet says about Chris Pronger (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy
Somewhat overlooked in all this is the unofficial finality that Philadelphia's offer sheet means for the career of one the great defensemen of the last 20 years.

The Hippodrome: The Shea of Reckoning | Pith in the Wind
J.R.'s a season ticket holder and wants a refund, dammit!

Younger Preds are all a-Twitter | The Tennessean
Have you heard about this new-fangled "Twitter" thing? Apparently it's popular with the hockey players...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Jessica Redfield killed in Aurora theater shooting - Denver Post
Adrian Dater shares his memories of talking with Jessica as she went about working her way into the world of sports journalism.

Why NHL teams cry poor despite the league’s record growth - The Globe and Mail
James Mirtle argues hockey is suffering from an owner versus owner problem.

NHLPA says NHL owners want to cut salaries despite record revenues -
According to a memo obtained from the players' side, the owners' initial proposal would actually knock the players' share down to more like 43% of revenues, not 46% (presumably due to changes in the definition of "Hockey Related Revenue").

NHL, NHLPA discuss 'technical matters' as labor talks continue - ESPN
More "good dialogue" going on.

2012 NHL Rumors: Shane Doan Reportedly Meeting With The Rangers Today - Blueshirt Banter
He's the top remaining forward on the UFA market, so expect a bit of a tour.

RFAs and Offer Sheets - A Look Back | The Hockey Writers
Here's a solid review of offer sheet activity over the years.

Gagner and the Oilers Agree On a One-Year Contract - The Copper & Blue
One year, $3.2 million for the Edmonton center.

T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues avoid arbitration with 5-year extension | Puck Daddy
This is an important deal for the Blues, committing one of their best young players for a long time.

Anaheim Ducks bolster depth, signing Daniel Winnik to 2-year deal - The Globe and Mail
From NoCal to SoCal, Winnik finds a new gig in Anaheim.

New Jersey Devils Re-Sign Mark Fayne to 2 Year, $2.6 Million Contract - In Lou We Trust
John's so giddy over this one that he couldn't resist forcing a pun.

Uni Watch " Dear Mr. Stern
Will ads start appearing on NBA jerseys soon? And if so, how long would it be before they made it to the NHL?

Glitch | Backhand Shelf
Get your head on a swivel, E!

Defencemen leave the Central Division en masse | Backhand Shelf
Lidstrom, Stuart, and Suter so far... anyone else of significance (read: top-4 caliber)?

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