Come on down to the Open House: Saturday's notes

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 02: Fans celebrate after the Nashville Predators score a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on May 2, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

It's Open House Day at Bridgestone Arena, so if you have the chance, make it downtown for the Used Equipment Sale, an Open Skate from 2-4, locker room tours, and of course the launch of single-game ticket sales. Will I see you down there?

While you get ready for the day, gloss over your morning hockey notes, which start off with a rather unusual song dedicated to one of the Preds...

Nashville Predators News

Nashville fan "Curly Clump" writes an absolutely killer country song about Shea Weber | Backhand Shelf
While I'm sure 99.999% of you disagree with the sentiment, I have to tip my hat to the effort put forth here (warning: completely NSFW audio).

Analysis: Nashville Predators still in need of upgrades | The Tennessean
It's a familiar story this summer - the organization talks up the kids' ability to step into larger roles, while outsiders look at the team and say they obviously need one more veteran (recall the timing of when Francis Bouillon and Shane O`Brien joined the team).

Alex Kovalev and the Predators: Can He Become Jagr Part II? | The Predatorial

I'll pass, but give full marks for creativity.

Nashville Predators would welcome Shane Doan | The Tennessean
Don't expect him to come here, though.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Trying to figure out which NHL teams are using statistical analysis in their front office - CBSSports.com
Some teams are becoming more and more open about the extent to which geekery is providing value.

Barclays Center CEO 'trying like hell' to get Islanders to move to Brooklyn - CBSSports.com
That's interesting to see an executive speak that boldly about this situation... the NHL generally frowns on that.

Frozen Grounds: How Seattle Fits Into The NHL - SB Nation Seattle
You know what could become a sticking point in the CBA negotiations? The players don't get a cut of the expansion fees that new teams pay to join the NHL, and with the possibilities of two teams being added, the NHLPA would presumably be eager to cash in.

Rick Nash full-page ad in Columbus Dispatch
A nice gesture by Nash, thanking the fans in Columbus for their support during his nine seasons there. Attention Ryan Suter & Jordin Tootoo - if you want to thank Nashville fans, feel free to contact me about ad space here at OTF!

20 years of Tampa Bay Lightning logos, which is your favorite? - Raw Charge
As for me, I love love love the newest one.

Feast your eyes on these awesome, NHL-themed luchador masks (PHOTO) | Puck Daddy
Super, super cool.

Jaromir Jagr on lockout plans, his time in Philadelphia and signing with Dallas | Puck Daddy
Jagr enjoyed his season in Philly, but looks ahead to a major role with the Stars.

The Calgary Flames and the Theory of Mediocrity | Overtime
Matt Reitz meditates on the continued tire-spinning in Calgary.

Optimism, Choice, and the New Montreal Canadiens | Backhand Shelf
Meanwhile in Montreal, all eyes will be on Marc Bergevin, who takes the helm as GM of the NHL's most fabled franchise.

Grand Rapids Griffins give you POV experience of a flying t-shirt (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Well, this is is something I've never wondered about. It's cool, though.

Online "Tent Sale" saves 20% on hockey equipment | Hockey Gear HQ
Whether you need to upgrade your skates, get a new helmet, or pick up a few sticks for the new season, some of the biggest hockey sites are slashing prices this month.

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