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Afternoon update: Grebeshkov ready for Game One?

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Two developments I wanted to pass along this afternoon:

  1. John Glennon reports that Denis Grebeshkov might be ready to return for Game One of the series on Friday. He practiced with the team earlier today.
  2. David Poile has been named associate general manager of the U.S. Men's team which will compete at the IIHF World Championships next month in Germany, reprising his role supporting Brian Burke last spring. Get ready for those "Alex said he'd really like to come back..." stories again.

The return of Grebeshkov could mean a significant advantage on the blueline for Nashville in this series. Combine that with a likely edge in goaltending, and this could be a lot closer than most observers around the NHL are saying.