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Predators fans are still buzzing over yesterday's Blake Geoffrion signing, and with good reason - it's a landmark moment for the Nashville hockey community. You can bet that youth players throughout Middle Tennessee are going to skate a little faster and work a little harder, hoping to follow in Blake's footsteps.

Hey, if a kid with world-class bloodlines, tireless dedication, and consummate skill can make it from the youth leagues of Nashville to the NHL, then there's even hope for this overweight, 40-year-old beer leaguer, right?

A guy's got to dream!

Anyways, hop in after the jump for your morning news...

Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Blake Geoffrion Officially Signs with the Predators and Wednesday Wrap-Up
Buddy's morning notes include word that Las Vegas is still on the hunt for an NHL team.

Blake Geoffrion signs with the Nashville Predators - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond's post about yesterday's event includes a slideshow of photos that captured the scene.

Predators 2010 draft preview - Hockey's Future
Connor Jennings reviews the organizational depth of the Preds before making his projection for their pick at #18.

Stating our case for the Adams winner -
Three writers make an argument for each of the Coach of the Year candidates to win, including Barry Trotz.

Around the NHL

NHL attendance dips by 2.5 per cent - The Globe and Mail
As a counter to all those NHL press releases about their boffo TV ratings, it looks like total attendance at regular season games went down this season, led of course by Phoenix due to the situation there last summer.

Meddling Orr Playing Favourites With Hall - Hockey or Die
Is Bobby Orr messing with the selection process for Taylor Hall at the top of the NHL Draft?

On the Cap :
Tom Benjamin responds to the call from Larry Brooks for the NHLPA to enact the 5% salary cap inflator, pointing out that for the majority of players, it will cost them money to do so.

More Assistants Needed (Puck-Rakers Blog)
New Columbus head coach Scott Arniel will bring in a fresh set of assistants.

Tomas Vokoun: Panthers GM isn't shopping me - South Florida
Well, it looks like the new GM in Florida does have a clue...

These NHL GMs may heat up summer months - Elliotte Friedman
Elliote's 30 thoughts this week include which GM's will have a large impact on the free agent market this summer.

Todd Bertuzzi-Marc Crawford Suit Gets New Life - The Grinder
This a story that the NHL wishes would just go away. Bertuzzi claims that Marc Crawford should pay any damages awarded to Steve Moore for the incident where Bertuzzi broke Moore's neck and ended his career, because the coach supposedly encouraged the attack.

Selke Trophy: 2010 Year End Awards – Blogger Style
The blogosphere chimes in on the question of best defensive forward...

Should the Thrashers Buy Out Todd White? - Bird Watchers Anonymous
Is it time to cut bait on the aging forward in Atlanta, in order to open up a roster spot for a younger player?

All Habs: Canadiens to Buy Out Laraque's Contract
The buyout period runs from June 15-30, but Montreal made it known back in January that they'd buy out Big Georges when they sent him home from the team.