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Tuesday's notes: a Tweetup in Nashville, and San Jose has no captain

Today's a big hockey day in Nashville, with registration opening for the Preds' GOAL program later this morning, and a tweetup with Tom Callahan, radio voice of the Predators, scheduled for tonight at 6:30 at Riverfront Tavern downtown.

After the jump, we've got a review of the defense corps for Team USA, word that a free agent winger may well return to a division rival, and an excerpt from a new autobiography by Washington coach Bruce Boudreau...

Predators News

Let's play defensive matchmaker - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond takes a look at Team USA's options on defense, and comes up with Mike Komisarek as a likely partner for Ryan Suter. That's a pretty good combo right there...

Free-agent market gets thinner; SI's Preds prediction - Inside Predators
John Glennon surmises that perhaps the Preds weren't all that interested in Vinny Prospal, who signed with the Rangers for $1.1 million. I just hope David Poile doesn't try the same formula from last autumn, which relied upon unproven youngsters to fill key roles on the team.

Around the NHL

Top 10 Tuesday: Puck bunny music at the office - Psycho Lady Hockey
A multitude of musical selections for the avaricious puck bunnies out there. Funny stuff...

Red Wings negotiating with forward Todd Bertuzzi -
It looks like Big Bert could be returning to the Central division. At this point in his career, that's hardly a cause for fear.

Hockey Canada's new logo unveiled - From The Rink
Mirtle takes a close-up look at the new Hockey Canada jersey for the Winter Olympics, and I have to say I really dig the logo - a wonderful way to celebrate Canada's heritage without distracting the eye.

"As of now, nobody’s our captain," says Coach Todd McLellan — Working the Corners
San Jose reporter David Pollak lets us know that the Sharks are basically leaderless right now, and that training camp will likely sort out the captaincy, formerly held by Patrick Marleau. While wiping the slate clean can offer a fresh start, it carries with it a great deal of risk as well.

Thoughts on Teeder Kennedy - Pension Plan Puppets
Another outstanding look back at the Hall of Famer who passed away last week.

Excerpts from "Gabby - Confessions of a Hockey Lifer," Part I - Japers' Rink
SB Nation's Washington Capitals blog is running selections each day this week from coach Bruce Boudreau's autobiography, which comes out in October. In this installment, he arrives in Washington as the players hear that Glen Hanlon has been fired, and addresses the Caps for the first time.