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Sure, tonight we've got Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, along with an important rink-related fundraiser hosted by Paul McCann, but this morning's Nashville hockey news includes something very different; a murder mystery involving Predators fans...

Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Tonight is the Night for the SlapShot Radio Rink Rebuild Event and Wednesday Updates
Buddy has all the details on tonight's SlapShot Radio show hosted at Pie In The Sky - Midtown, with a silent auction to benefit the inline rink in Bellevue which was wiped out in the flood last month.

What's Sporting About Murder? | Mystery Mania
A mystery writer has a novel coming this fall involving a plan to bring an NBA team to Nashville, and "a rival group of Nashville Predators NHL hockey fans dedicated to thwarting their efforts." Um... my guess will be... Jeremy from in the library, using a customized Patric Hornqvist jersey.

GMs will have crown one of their own Wednesday -
Today's the day that we'll hear who wins the initial GM of the Year Award, for which Nashville's David Poile is a finalist.

Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill + More Go to Bat for City of Hope - The Boot
J.P. Dumont and Wade Belak will square off in this annual celebrity softball game, which takes place Monday, June 7 at Greer Stadium.

Scott Cullen reviews the state of the Predators organization, and tosses out a couple names of veteran defenders who might be signed to fill the (likely) hole left by Dan Hamhuis and Denis Grebeshkov.

Sims Assumes New Position with Admirals - Milwaukee Admirals
Congratulations go out to Milwaukee Admirals play-by-play man Aaron Sims, who takes on an expanded role as Manager of Broadcasting and Outreach for the team.

Coming Down the Pipe!: Top 5 Tuesday: AHL Rookie Playoff Performances
Jonathan Blum made quite an impression for the Milwaukee Admirals...

Around the NHL

Two of North America's minor leagues announce a partnership to create a new "AA" super league, a step below the AHL. The landscape has changed so much from the days when the IHL boasted strong, entertaining teams in major non-NHL markets back in the mid-90's...

Down Goes Brown: Chris Pronger's other jerk moves
I remember this one... Caused a long delay during a 1998 game when he claimed to suffer a brief cardiac arrest after being hit with a slapshot directly above the heart, as if he has one.

Quenneville on top - Toronto Sun
Many in the hockey world are going to stand up and cheer if Joel Quenneville can finish the job and win his first Stanley Cup as a head coach. He's paid his dues for a number of teams over the years.

Interesting Stats From The 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs - From The Rink
Did you know that Michael Leighton's save percentage is "the second best among any goalie ever with at least 10 postseason games played"? Me neither...

The Man They Call Dino - The Cannon
Kevin Dineen might be the next coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, but is he ready for the bright lights of the NHL?

The Nieds of The Many - Anaheim Calling
Is Scott Niedermayer going to retire? Anaheim fans are still waiting to find out...

Lowetide: Oilers Sign Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson- Edmonton Oilers
They're drooling in Edmonton, as the Oilers sign their elite Swedish prospect.

Hockey powers ready to take on the world -
The World Hockey Summit aims to address some of the global issues in the game, such as participation in world events, youth development, and international transfer agreements. Since the KHL is not being represented here, don't expect any developments on the Radulov front.

And for your entertainment this morning, check out what Canadian viewers got as the intro to Game 2 on CBC... strange stuff, indeed!