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The week is over, but the fun is just beginning! The draft is on Sunday, and we'll finally (hopefully) get our reward for having to endure such a terrible season. While we will undoubtedly get an impact player at #4, we have no idea who that's going to be. Colorado says they're not drafting Seth Jones...do you buy it? If he slips a bit, will Florida take him at #2? We better hope so, because Tampa might be drafting for offense after their buyout of Vincent Lecavalier. My prediction? Everybody is lying about their preference and we end up with Barkov. How 'bout you? (If there was a draft for Best Blog in Nashville, OTF would definitely go #1...but there isn't. To make it happen, we need your vote in the Toast of Music City Reader's Choice Awards. Thanks in advance, and we promise to fulfill that #1 pick potential the rest of the year.)
Smashville 24/7 - Drafting a forward is the way to go
This should go without saying, but you can understand why some of us are nervous.
The Predcast, Episode 11: Draft Primer, Free Agents, Cup Finals | The Predatorial
Like butter for your ears. Whatever that means.
Should Predators pick Seth Jones if he's available? | The Tennessean
The case against this pick is overwhelming.
2013 Nashville Predators Online Media Mock Draft 3.0 - Nashville Predators
THE HEADLINES AREN'T IN ALL CAPS ANYMORE! I HAVE TO SAY, I FEEL PARTIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS, AFTER CALLING ATTENTION TO THE ISSUE IN THE NICEST WAY POSSIBLE!
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
The top 10 stories of one incredible 2013 NHL season - SBNation.com
One small point: Minnesota was EXPECTED to make the playoffs...and they barely snuck in. Not what I'd call a surprising success story.
2013 NHL Draft: Countdown To The Draft - TSN Video
Is this the most exciting draft in history? (maybe not, but still)
30 Thoughts: NHL buyouts no sure thing | CBC Sports
One of these days, I'm going to figure out a way to get paid by one company to work for another. And get paid by them, too.
Kris Letang turns down eight-year, $56 million offer from Penguins |Puck Drunk Love
I guess he doesn't want to play in Pittsburgh anymore.
Deal to send NHL players to 2014 Sochi Olympics could be finalized by Monday | ProHockeyTalk
Here's hoping the Predators have ZERO participants. Especially anyone who's had surgery in the last year.
Breaking Down the Jobing.com Arena Lease Agreement - Five For Howling
I'll forgive you if you find this a bit too complicated and would rather just be told if they're moving or not.
Lecavalier adds spice to UFA center crop - ESPN
Spoiler Alert: Nashville isn't on the list of possible destinations.
Report: Tim Thomas Still Undecided About Returning to NHL for 2013-14 Season | NESN.com
The Flyers have an opening. That would be a great fit.
Zdeno Chara Does Not Fit Very Well Into Kiddie Rides - SportsPickle Picture
He doesn't fit very well in adult rides, either.
22 Worst NBA Draft Suits-Busted Coverage
This is the ONLY thing I wish the NHL would copy from the NBA.