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I hope you've settled down with an extra-large cup of coffee this morning, because today's news & notes piece is loaded with dynamite hockey reading. In all the time I've been putting these together, I can't recall having so many controversial and interesting stories covering so many different areas of the game.

Follow after the jump to get an in-depth look at how the Nashville Predators are building success off the ice under their new leadership, a scandalous expose of how NHL Director of  Hockey Operations Colin Campbell may be, at heart, just another overly charged-up hockey dad, an assessment of one prospect as perhaps the best blueliner the Preds have ever had in Milwaukee (which, considering the history of guys like Dan Hamhuis, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber, is really saying something), and a video which perhaps explains Nashville's preference for tall Nordic goalies...

Celebrate the night before Thanksgiving by seeing the Preds take on the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, November 25. Take advantage of the OtF discount to save money on Nashville Predators tickets for this, or any other home game. 

Nashville Predators

Preds boss wants to appeal to the average fan | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair and J.R. Lind combine on a profile of Jeff Cogen's efforts so far as CEO of the Nashville Predators, and how the gains are already starting to accumulate. What impresses me most is that while Cogen offers discounts and specials to get new people in the building, he also knows that he has to take care of the loyal season-ticket holders, too. This is a must-read for all Preds fans...

Mueller Stays Hot, Admirals Sweep Weekend Series With Monsters | Admirals Roundtable
Need something to get you excited this morning? "Coach Lambert said last week that pretty soon, fans are going to be seeing that [Roman] Josi may be the most talented defenseman that we’ve had in Milwaukee.  And that says A LOT, considering how many defenseman playing in Nashville have spent some time here."

Preds On The Glass: Preds Prepare for the Road, POTG Radio, and Weekend Wrap-Up
Buddy's morning links include a call from Chicago for Patric Hornqvist to be suspended...

Hockey Night in Nashville: Hornqvist vs. Holmstrom
Robby compares the two Swedish net-crashing goal-scorers.

Hornqvist Isn’t Afraid Of Occasional Goaltending High Sticks - Predlines
Amanda lays out the hard road that Patric Hornqvist takes to the opposing team's net on a nightly basis.

Rinne Stops Slide with Shootout Win - PekkaRinne.Com
The Goalie Guild chips in with a detailed review of how Pekka Rinne has been playing lately.

Nashville Predators center Cal O'Reilly piles up early-season points - The Tennessean
Cal O'Reilly has been one of the best stories of this season so far, having filled top offensive center role admirably.

A tale of two 5-on-3s - Nashville Predators Examiner
Two games in a row with lengthy, scoreless 5-on-3's, but they affected the narrative in opposite ways.

Predators prove they can win without leading much — or at all | Nashville City Paper
Their brief 2-1 lead over Chicago Saturday was the first time since November 4 that the Preds held the advantage.

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Around the NHL - Who did Colin Campbell call "a little fake artist"?
Tyler Dellow uncorks the blog post of the year, taking the details of a labor relations suit between a referee and the NHL to expose the league's Director of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell, as hopelessly biased when it comes to incidents involving his son, Boston Bruin Gregory Campbell.

Cap Circumvention Watch: Bruins Rookie Signs Endorsement Deal With Arena Sponsor - Biz of Hockey
Fascinating stuff here, which may point to the new frontier of salary cap circumvention. If an NHL team sponsor signs a player to a lucrative endorsement deal, could that provide a means of paying him extra money that doesn't hit the team's salary cap figures?

Google Now Offering Live Results from -
The NHL got in good with the nerds at Google, and now offers live scores through their search engine, something not available with the NFL or NBA.

How NHL GameCenter LIVE app rules your Playstation 3 - Puck Daddy
PS3 users can now tap into GameCenter Live, a great way to watch out-of-market games from around the league.

Putting a face on hockey concussions - The Globe and Mail
Sobering stuff about the damage that concussions can inflict at all levels of competitive hockey.

Sens shocked by death of Luke Richardson’s daughter - The Globe and Mail
Tragic news from Ottawa, where Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson's teenage daughter committed suicide.

UPDATED x2: Lecavalier to have surgery Monday on broken hand - Raw Charge
Raw Charge passed on a leak that Vincent Lecavalier was going to have surgery on a broken hand, but the story got rescinded, then re-reported. Odd stuff, but either way, he's out for now.

Jeff Carter Signs 11-Year, $58 Million Deal - Broad Street Hockey
The Flyers lock up one of their key forwards for a loooooong time.

Brent Burns Suspended Two Games - Hockey Wilderness
The Minnesota defenseman got two games for nailing Floriday's Steve Bernier in the face (inadvertently) with the butt-end of his stick.

Video: Oilers, Rangers brawl during MSG matinee - Puck Daddy
Is there a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than a good old dust-up sparked by Sean Avery?

Sean Avery's Cheap Shot On Smid Video Review - Smid's Gloves Were Not Off - The Copper & Blue
As if you needed more evidence that Sean Avery is the biggest punk in the league.

Could It Get Any Worse? " Maple Leafs Hot Stove
The mood is dark in Toronto, as Saturday's loss to Vancouver pushed the Maple Leafs' losing streak to 8 games.

What’s Happened To The Leafs? - Houses of the Hockey
Jonathan Willis shows that while their recent scoring woes are likely fleeting, they truly aren't playing well at the other end of the ice.

And lastly, we see why the Preds place an emphasis on tall, skinny Scandinavian goaltenders rather than big fat Japanese ones (hat tip to Bettman's Nightmare at Behind the Net):