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Friday's news: Predators' Hamhuis on losing side of NHLPA vote

It's a whole lot easier to get ready for the weekend on the heels of a Predators win, isn't it? While last night's 6-5 OT thriller ended the dreaded losing streak, there's definitely a mix of good and bad news to take out of it. For reaction around the Preds blogosphere, check out Brandon Felder, Section 303, See Puck City, Hockey Independent, John Glennon, What The Puck, and for the opponent's perspective, Silver Seven.

In this morning's hockey news, we've got Preds defenseman Dan Hamhuis caught up in the middle of the current NHLPA drama, and a host of other items, including video of some of the strangest NHL goals you'll ever see...

Actually, before the hockey news, let's give our NFL brethren here in Nashville some recognition:

BREAKING NEWS: A little more than three years after the first post, MCM reached 1 million hits at... - Music City Miracles
Congratulations to SB Nation's Tennessee Titans blog, which just passed the 1 million visitor mark yesterday.

Predators News

Cox: When Crosby speaks, NHLPA listens -
Damien Cox writes about the turbulent times for the players' union right now, including a bit where Predator rep Dan Hamhuis writes his colleagues in support of NHLPA interim executive director Ian Penny, but ends up on the losing side of a 23-4 vote to empower the committee of Chris Chelios, Rob Blake, Nick Lidstrom and Mark Recchi to investigate the recent Paul Kelly mess.

Admirals Media Day - Admirals Short Shifts
Check in with the Preds' farm team as head coach Lane Lambert answers a number of questions during the Admirals Media Day.

Duffer's Digest: Let's hear it for All-Injured Teams -
Hey, a couple Nashville Predators made a 2nd- and 3rd-All NHL Team! Just not the kind we'd like to see them on...

Around the NHL

An Example of the Systemic Problems with Bleacher Report - Hockey Or Die!
A writer at Bleacher Report marginally rewords a piece by Puck Daddy and runs it under his own byline. This isn't the first time that BR's been caught plagiarizing others' work...

The future of Michael Nylander, by process of elimination - Puck Daddy
Might Michael Nylander end up in Radek Bonk's old roster spot on the KHL Lokomotiv team? An interesting piece of work by Dmitri Chesnokov.

The Rink Episode 50: Around the Rinks | The Rink Podcast
Catch up with the latest episode of one of the best hockey podcasts around.

A Tour Through The Rumour Mill : Maple Leafs Hot Stove
For those of you that love hockey rumors, here's a look at a few surrounding the Maple Leafs.

What's Wrong With the Canes? - Canes Country
Bob Harwood looks at why the Hurricanes are off to a slow start.

Phoenix Coyotes Upend Red Wings 3-2 in Overtime, Win Fourth Straight - Five For Howling
Break up the Coyotes, they're 6-2-0!

Evgeny Artyukhin Suspended Three Games - KuklasKorner
The Ducks forward gets some time in the corner for slew-footing Dallas Stars defenseman Matt Niskanen.

Lastly, here's a Top 10 of Strangest NHL Goals, as tipped to us by @NHLDigest on Twitter: