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Friday's news: the Chicago Blackhawks are still losers

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Let's finish off the work week with some surprising news - while they may have won the Stanley Cup, the Chicago Blackhawks are still losers in a very important sense.

This, and a whole lot more after the jump...

Predators News

Brent Peterson coaches up the next generation of hockey players - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond cuts through the facade, pointing out that while it appeared that he was merely help young kids learn the fundamentals of hockey, he was actually "scouring the ice looking for anyone to improve upon the woeful Predators penalty killing unit".

Off-season Losses & Gains (Part 3 of 4) - Predlines
Ah, Boyd & Grebeshkov, Preds fans hardly knew ye.

Rink Side Rants - Predlines
Nathan joins a podcast to talk Preds, among other things.

30 Goals In 30 Days: #5 vs. STL, Nov. 12 - PredsBlog
The goal here is nice, but the fan reaction is better!

Around the NHL

Blackhawks finances: Blackhawks win on the ice, lose off it -
The Blackhawks may have just won the Stanley Cup, but they're not turning a profit yet; that part of their turnaround is still a work in progress (thanks to @SLakePreds on Twitter for pointing this out).

Cover art for EA Sports' first Wii hockey game, "NHL Slap Shot" - ProHockeyTalk
Check out the cover for the new Wii game (NHL Slapshot) endorsed by Wayne Gretzky. We're a Wii household, so I'll have to try this one out with my kids.

Blake Wheeler awarded $2.2 million in arbitration - Stanley Cup of Chowder
He's not an exact comparable to Patric Hornqvist, but with 39 goals in two NHL seasons, it was good to see his salary come in under the $2.5M mark. Now the question is whether the Bruins will accept the award or walk away from the deal.

Devin Setoguchi and San Jose looking for a one-year deal - Fear The Fin
A number of players are going with one-year contracts; could Patric Hornqvist also keep things short-term?

Eight NHL franchises that improved the most this offseason -
Allan Muir's list, inexplicably, includes St. Louis. Have they done anything significant other than swap out Chris Mason for Jaroslav Halak? I'm sorry, but that's not a huge improvement.

The 'Lidstrom in decline' arguments are wearing thin |
George Malik reacts to a truly terrible hockey stats blogger's questioning of the Detroit captain. Is Lidstrom in decline? Certainly, but it's a slow, steady one, and he's still one of the elite blueliners in the league.

Restricted free agents still waiting on offers - NHL Free Agency 2010
There are a ton of good RFA's just sitting around, supposedly ripe for an offer sheet. It would still be surprising to see one happen, however.

NHL Head Coaching: No More Recycling! - View From My Seats
Matt celebrates the new blood coming into the NHL.

Who is the most hated team in the NHL today? - Puck Daddy
A wonderful question to consider here in late July...

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