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Tuesday's news: Former Predators finding new life in San Jose

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The Predators face off with the Sharks in a late game in San Jose this evening, but for now you can catch up on your morning news and notes.

After the jump, we have word that Shea Weber may be ready to play tonight after missing the last two games, an update of former Predators Scott Nichol and Jed Ortmeyer, and word that another former Nashville player isn't faring well in Florida...

Predators News

Weber may return against Sharks - Predators Insider
John Glennon brings word that Shea Weber might be in the lineup tonight, while J.P. Dumont and Colin Wilson will not.

Setoguchi and Vesce should be good to go against Nashville — and Nichol talks about his former team | Working the Corners
David Pollak gets some words from Scott Nichol as he prepares to play against the Preds for the first time since leaving as a free agent over the summer.

San Jose Sharks' Jed Ortmeyer battles blood-clotting disorder - San Jose Mercury News
In order to round out your former-Predator-turned-Shark news, Jed Ortmeyer continues to deal with the blood clotting issues that have plagued him for years.

Former Predators thrive elsewhere - The Tennessean
Glennon also writes about Nichol and Ortmeyer in their new setting. Jed's so hot, actually, that he's scored as many goals as Jerred Smithson.

Ask Matty -
More speculation about a possible Edmonton-Nashville deal involving enigmatic winger Robert Nilsson. I wouldn't expect the Predators to make any deals until they at least get a chance to see how their team rolls with a healthy lineup, which they've yet to enjoy this season.

Around the NHL

Where Is Martin Havlat? - Hockey Wilderness
Minnesota fans aren't exactly "Wild" about their top winger's performance so far.

All Habs: Do Not Adjust Your Sets...
The Montreal Canadiens will wear a unique jersey in tonight's game against Calgary... hop over here to take a look at their throwback to the 1910-11 Le Club Athletique Canadien...

NHL general managers to discuss head shots - The Globe and Mail
David Shoalts reports that while head shots are likely to be talked about during this week's GM meetings, it's extremely unlikely that we'll see significant progress towards removing them from the game.

Nabokov on Last Summer, on His Priorities and on Sharks' Playoffs Exits - Fear The Fin
SB Nation's San Jose blog prints a translated Russian interview that Evgeny Nabokov recently gave.

Panthers coach on Koistinen benching: "He couldn't help us" - Litter Box Cats
It looks like Ville Koistinen might not be the Rich Peverley of defensemen, after all.

Mike Chen's Hockey Blog : 25 or 30? - KuklasKorner
Mike sticks a fork in the tired argument that the NHL needs to contract a few teams because it would supposedly make the game better.

Bolland’s Bad Back Is A Real Concern - Hockey Independent
All is definitely not well for the Chicago Blackhawks, writes Al Cimaglia.

Steve Yzerman's Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Speech
If you didn't get a chance to catch last night's ceremonies, do yourself a favor and catch the speeches at, starting with the guy who earned respect from teammates and opponents alike over the course of a storied career.