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Tuesday notes: Coveting Nashville free agents, and a former coach makes good

As we take a look around the league this morning we have some interesting speculation about whether a long playoff run combined with a European opener next season might grind down the Red Wings, the story of a former Predators minor-league coach stepping onto the NHL stage, and a look back at "Blogs with Balls", a convention for sports bloggers that took place in New York over the weekend...

Will glut of games finally catch up to Red Wings next season? - Tennessean.com 

John Glennon asks an interesting question - after a disappointing Stanley Cup Final loss that had them playing hockey into mid-June, will the Red Wings be sapped for energy next season? In many recent years (excepting the Penguins), the Cup Final loser flopped horribly the next season.

UFA Options: Nashville Predators - FlamesNation.ca

Jonathan Willis takes a look at Nashville's upcoming free agents from an outsider's perspective. 

Wild picks Todd Richards as coach - StarTribune.com

The new coach of the Minnesota Wild is Todd Richards, a former assistant with the Milwaukee Admirals. Michael Russo expects a "monumental step" in a new direction for a club that's often been criticized for boring, defensive play. John Glennon provides some background on Richards, and the current Predators that he helped develop down on the farm.

I.I.H.F. Calls Off Champions League for 2009-10 - Slap Shot Blog NYTimes.com

Citing the economy as the main reason, the IIHF cancels its Champions League for next season. While the KHL loads up to acquire the best talent it can, it appears the rest of European hockey is facing a more difficult road.

Philadelphia Flyers - Hatcher Retires, Joins Front Office

The quintessential big, physical defenseman, Derian Hatcher retired from the NHL yesterday to join the Flyers front office as a player development coach. He was captain of the Dallas Stars 1999 Stanley Cup champs, and had struggled with knee injuries in recent years.

Hockey 101: Who Gets Their Name on the Stanley Cup - Daily Deke

Did you ever wonder exactly who gets to have their name engraved on the Stanley Cup? Brian at the Daily Deke has your answer.

Highlights from Blogs with Balls - The Business of Sports

Russell Scibetti provides a recap of "Blogs With Balls", a sports blogging conference that took place in New York over the weekend. It sounds like a good (and informative) time was had by all...

Deadspin - Mike Florio Makes The Leap From Loathsome Gossip...

Another "Blogs With Balls" wrapup from Deadspin, including the news that a major football blogger has partnered up with NBC Sports.