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Predators Update, March 30 2009

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Another big win, another big loss for the Preds yesterday, so let's see what the buzz is about the team this morning:

James Mirtle adds to his series of posts looking at hockey in Nashville with an interview with Steve Sullivan. Here's what he had to say about the future of the franchise in Music City:

...we're 10 years or 11 years into this, and with this economic downturn it's going to be difficult for this team in the next couple years, but if it can hold on — you know Nashville is going to have to try to get more corporate sponsorships, and if they can start getting that and get some corporate help...

[He pauses.]

You know, a lot of the players love playing here. You don't hear a bad thing from anybody that's played here, we enjoy it, I'd love for it to stay here. Until you come and watch a game here, you don't really know what you're missing. It's definitely one of those experiences where you leave and you're just like 'wow, that's totally different than what I expected here'

Kudos to James for great work on this series, a very fair look at the overall situation. It looks like Ms. Conduct has our back, too.

As for the rest of the news,

Section 303 has launched a new podcast, entitled "303:30", be sure to take a listen!

John Glennon at the Tennessean confirms the news that Martin Erat is out for the rest of the regular season with a broken leg, courtesy of a Shea Weber slapshot.

Also at the Tennessean, sports columnist David Climer wrote a second Preds piece in the same week. I might just faint...

The Windsor Star shines the spotlight on Cal O'Reilly, who set up Jerred Smithson for a goal yesterday in Detroit, and used to play right across the Detroit River for the Windsor Spitfires as a teenager.

Frankly, I'm not buying this story that Martin Erat has to miss a month with a fractured tibia. Maybe the Predators need to dump Vanderbilt Medical Center as a partner and send him to this place, where they'll whip him back into shape: