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Tuesday's news: Preds bloggers wrap up the season

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<a href="">Steve Sullivan on Twitter</a>: "I'm lucky they had a chance to get my bag up on the bench... They don't make my CCM helmet anymore."
Steve Sullivan on Twitter: "I'm lucky they had a chance to get my bag up on the bench... They don't make my CCM helmet anymore."

As the floodwaters begin to recede around Nashville, the massive cleanup effort begins (remember, please check Nashvillest for donation and volunteer opportunities). As you can see in the picture above, the event level and locker rooms at Bridgestone Arena were flooded as well. In order to provide a brief respite from weightier concerns, I'll keep bringing the hockey news as usual.

After the jump, we hear that a Western Conference rival may be interested in a Predators defenseman, while it turns out that another team actually isn't looking to hire away Brent Peterson. All that, plus a look at how captains from around the league did this season, and an examination of which forwards have faced the toughest opposition over the last few years.

Last Night In The Playoffs

Boston 3, Philadelphia 2: Milan Lucic got the game winner late in the 3rd period for the Bruins, while "Miro the Hero" continues to light it up. The Flyers need to rally on home ice, as they are now down 2-0 in the series.

Chicago 4, Vancouver 2: The Canucks had a 2-1 lead after two periods, but Kris Versteeg put the Blackhawks ahead with just 90 seconds left. This series is now tied 1-1, and heads back to Vancouver for Game 3.

Predators News

Preds On The Glass: POTG Podcast with Pred Bloggers and Tuesday Tidbits
Head over here and tune into last night's podcast, which featured myself along with several others Preds bloggers wrapping up the season. It was a great discussion which covers (almost) all the bases.

Peterson Not A Candidate (Puck-Rakers Blog)
If he was never actually a candidate, is this actually a "career snub" for Brent Peterson? It sounds more like a reporter distracting the reader from how he got the story wrong.

Hamhuis could go to Wild? - Hockey Wilderness
Rumblings from Minnesota... maybe Craig Leipold likes signing Hammer's paychecks?

Now What? | Hockey Independent
David looks at a few options for the Preds to pursue this summer.

Around the NHL

The Best Forwards In The NHL - Tough Minutes Edition - The Copper & Blue
At the bottom of this interesting piece Derek looks at guys how have played against elite opponents over the last two seasons, and it's not a pretty picture for David Legwand & Joel Ward.

‘Little Joe' emerges from shadow of ‘Big Joe' - The Globe and Mail
The Sharks don't have to rely on Joe Thornton, as long as Joe Pavelski is producing like this.

Savard and Carcillo with some biting words after Game 2 - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The latest mock-controversy involves Carcillo accusing Marc Savard of biting him during a scrum.

Down Goes Brown: Other Daniel Carcillo lies
More wackiness about Philly's agitator.

Puck Prospectus - Driving To The Net: Oh Captain, My Captain!
Crunching the numbers for captains across the NHL.

Is the Cup Dream Over Without Markov? - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Just how much do the Habs rely on their top defenseman? - Sifting through the ashes
Tyler pops the bubble on all the Alex Ovechkin criticism after the Caps first-round playoff loss.

On Frozen Blog › Maybe, Just Maybe, a Game’s Immediate Aftermath Isn’t Necessarily the Best Time for Reflection
Just how big a deal was it that Mike Green ducked the media after the Capitals were eliminated?

The Bill Masterton Trophy: Overcoming Trauma to Win - Raw Charge
Celebrating one of the more unique trophies in professional sports.

What's left in Stillman's tank? - Litter Box Cats
Does an aging winger with a $3.5 million contract have appeal on the trade market?

Bettman: Reinsdorf’s purchase of Coyotes for the good of the team - The Globe and Mail
Those whole Coyotes sale sounds like the trench sequence in Star Wars - "almost there... almost there..."

Bettman: No big cap changes expected for 2010-11 -
It sounds like we should be in the same ballpark as we've been for the last two seasons going forward...

What should the Edmonton Oilers do with their powerplay in 2010-11? - Cult of Hockey
Of interest to Nashville fans? The Oilers miss Denis Grebeshkov...