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With Preds Fest kicking into full gear today with an Open House, autograph signings, and of course, tonight's pre-season game against Carolina, the pulse of the hockey community is really picking up around Nashville (head here for all the details). This morning's hockey notes include previews, trade speculation, and word that some fans lost their access to the NHL Network this morning...

Nashville Predators News

Post-Game Soundbites: Nashville Predators Coach Barry Trotz | Illegal Curve Hockey
This Winnipeg blog caught up with Barry Trotz about returning to his old stomping grounds.'s 2011-12 NHL preview: Nashville Predators - ESPN
Here's Pierre LeBrun's take on the Preds heading into the new season.

Alex Radulov’s agent, coach, GM address trade request, bitterness - Puck Daddy
In a further update to yesterday's story, it sounds like Radulov has had "oral agreements" that he can return to the NHL for the 2012-2013 season, but his contract doesn't actually contain any such clause. Don't get your hopes up, folks.

Paul McCann - Preds Win, Hating on the Commish, and Game Night
Paul points out some of the absurdity about blaming Gary Bettman for pretty much everything that hockey fans don't like, in this case the move of the Jets to Phoenix back in the 90's.

The 303:30 – Trade rumors, Radulov, and former Pred Cliff Ronning | Section 303
Candy for your hockey-loving ears this weekend, loaded with lots of trade musings.

Kirk Muller Era Opens With 5-3 Pre-season Win | Admirals Roundtable
Kudos for Kaptain Koach Kirk!

Holy crap, it’s hockey season! | hockeygalmilwaukee
Here's a sentiment I think we can all agree with.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

U-verse Customers About To Lose NHL Network - KuklasKorner
Attention, AT&T U-verse customers, it looks like you lost the NHL Network this morning (so much for watching last night's Preds-Jets game). If you want to switch to DirecTV, email me at and I'll help you save $100. I've had DirecTV since 1998 with the Center Ice package, and it is, shall we say, the bomb!

About Last Night... (Nice Appetizers, but now for the Main Course!) - Arctic Ice Hockey
Here's the Winnipeger perspective on last night's contest.

Hurricanes Fall To Blue Jackets At Home, 3-2 (Update) - Canes Country
A captainless Columbus squad rolled to victory in Carolina.

Sabres Drop Final North American Preseason Game To The Capitals - Die By The Blade
Ryan Miller went the distance last night as he tunes up.

Leafs Win In Overtime - 4-3 on Gardiner's Play and Komisarek's Goal - Pension Plan Puppets
The Maple Leafs took out their ancient Norris Division rival.

Sloppy New Jersey Devils Defeated Even Sloppier New York Islanders 1-0 - In Lou We Trust
It doesn't sound like either side really iced their A teams in this one.

Penguins-Hawks Rapid Reaction - Second City Hockey
It sounds like ice conditions were pretty poor at the United Center last night. Maybe they should move the Blackhawks to Baltimore?

Taylor Fedun Injury Video and Discussion - Hockey Wilderness
A nasty injury occurred on an icing touchup in last night's Oilers-Wild game. Will it result in a suspension for Eric Nystrom?

Video: Ray Emery’s goof leads to center-ice goal for Matt Cooke - Puck Daddy
Well, that's embarrassing. 

NHL expansion to Sweden appears unlikely - The Globe and Mail
It's too bad, because this is one road trip I'd gladly go on!

Fantasy Top Ten - League Wide Breakouts - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
The boys at SB Nation's fantasy hockey blog share a taste of their Breakout Bible, a terrific resource for you aspiring fantasy hockey managers.