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Let's finish off the hockey week in grand style this morning. We've got a debate over which figures are most prominent in Nashville Predators history, concern over whether the team has let a good young player get away in Mike Santorelli, and a Columbus blogger celebrating an advantage that the Blue Jackets hold over the Preds.

All this and more, after the jump!

Predators News

Top five Predators quotes from the 2009-2010 season - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond shares some great quotes from last year, including a previously unheard gem from Brent Peterson.

Predators Mt. Puckmore - Results are IN! - Do you agree or disagree? - HFBoards
The message boards over at Hockey's Future conducted a poll as to which 4 faces would grace a "Mt. Puckmore" for the Preds. Who would you choose as the four faces which best represent the franchise?

Hockey-less in Memphis: ~Top Five reasons I LOVE Hockey~
Rebecca offers her unique twist on the Puck Daddy series...

Prospect Or Bust? - Predlines
Nathan struggles with the question of whether Mike Santorelli is the next Rich Peverley.

What The Puck: Hockey Movie Sunday: Week 3
Rachel's summer hockey film festival continues with Youngblood.

Paul McCann - Desert Shenanigans & D1 Hockey Comes to Music City UPDATE
Paul loves the fact that college hockey's coming to town, too!

2010-2011 Fantasy Hockey Sleepers: Central Division |
It's time to start thinking about Fantasy Hockey, and this article highlights a few Predators who may be a late-round steal.

Predators trade shootout specialist, get draft pick from Florida - Nashville City Paper
David Boclair gets some quotes from assistant GM Paul Fenton about Santorelli. He believes that Santo has a good shot to become a regular NHL player, just not in Nashville.

Around the NHL

Waiting is the hardest part: Kovalchuk decision likely Monday - Puck Daddy
Both sides have had their say, and on Monday we'll hear whether Kovy's contract will stand.

The Dark Blue Jacket: A modest proposal: 82 in 10
A Columbus blogger highlights the fact that they've got more games covered on TV than the Preds (75-60). I guess you take whatever victories you can in this rivalry!

Rivermen get veteran center via Blues -
Dave Scatchard, who played 16 games for the Preds last season, signs with St. Louis but will play mostly at their AHL affiliate in Peoria.

A new twist in NHL's arbitration plot - The Globe and Mail
Is the arbitration process working, or broken? James Mirtles looks at both sides of the issue.

The Suitor Tutor, Part 2: The ESPN Question " Puck The Media
Steve continues his series on the NHL's TV future by looking at the elephant in the room.

Down Goes Brown: Off-season winners and losers
You've gotta love this take on the Red Wings: "Boosted their offensive depth chart with the signing of free agent center Mike Modano, who is presumably the son of that guy who was really good for the Minnesota North Stars back in the early 90s."

Red Wings Turn to Experience as Blackhawks Turn Away - PuckUpdate
Steven Ovadia notes how Chicago and Detroit are headed in opposite directions personnel-wise.

No Pity for the Hawks Tallon Built " Maple Leafs Hot Stove
It's important to remember that Dale Tallon is responsible for much of the cap problems facing Chicago these days.

Afinogenov nästa pjäs i SKA:s drömlag - HockeyExpressen
Run this one through a translator, but Maxim Afinogenov has reportedly signed a 5-year deal with SKA of the KHL. I can see why he'd be sick of the NHL after his last few seasons...

Callahan and Dubinsky - WOWY and Conclusions - Blueshirt Banter
One item on my incredibly long to-do list is a similar analysis for a few Nashville players. WOWY can provide some interesting insight.

One on One With James Wisniewski! - Islesblogger
Islanders fans are excited to welcome an honest-to-goodness NHL defenseman on Long Island, and one blogger lands an interview.

Metropolit has no regrets - Montreal Gazette
Former Nashville Knight Glen Metropolit heads off to Switzerland, proud of the NHL career he carved out for himself after several years in the minors.

Proposal: a major junior hockey preseason tournament in the US - From The Rink
An interesting idea floated by Cassie to get the hockey juices flowing in September.

Lastly, and this is all kinds of awesome, David Booth of the Florida Panthers conducted a "Root Beer Summit" to bring together the two little guys who dropped the gloves and became a YouTube hit last week: