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Monday afternoon notes: Preds owner hits the jackpot

And Shea Weber thought he hit the jackpot when an arbitrator awarded him a $7.5 million contract for this season!

The big news on the business scene today in Nashville has one of the area's flagship healthcare companies, HealthSpring, getting bought out for $55 a share (a healthy premium over the $40 range it had traded in recently). It just so happens that the chairman and CEO of HealthSpring is a major part of the Nashville Predators ownership group, so might this news ultimately impact the team as well?

Let's find out after the jump...

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Nashville Predators News

Will the Preds get Fritch's riches? |
Nashville Predators co-owner Herb Fritch made headlines today as HealthSpring, the corporation he founded, was bought by insurance giant Cigna. J.R. Lind writes that Fritch's take could exceed $150 million (at the least, his 2.2M shares are worth $125M), leading to natural speculation as to whether some of that might money might shore up the team's financial condition, possibly leading to a majority ownership stake for Fritch. Heck, they might even be able to afford a hockey operations analyst, someone familiar with advanced stats...

Preds On The Glass: POTG Monday Headlines, News and Links: Inconsistent Preds Home for Three
Buddy's hating on a teeny-bopper...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Who Is to Blame For Huntsville's Demise? - Western College Hockey Blog
Dollars and sense done in the Chargers, and have had an impact elsewhere in college hockey, too.

Statement from NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly - The Dallas Morning News
It looks like the roadblocks have been cleared for Tom Gaglardi to take ownership of the Stars.

Are the Penguins Still in "Pick Up the Slack" Mode, or is Their Roster Just That Good? - Backhand Shelf
No Crosby? No Malkin? No problem so far...

Sports Radio Interviews - Adult Film Star Bibi Jones Says She Didn’t Sleep with Rob Gronkowski, but Has Slept with Paul Bissonnette, Dan Uggla, Among Others
Biz Nasty gettin' busy with a porn star? I don't recall seeing him brag about that on Twitter.

Silver Lining- Aaron Johnson - The Cannon
Aaron Johnson couldn't crack the Predators lineup last season, but he's been a pleasant surprise for Columbus so far.

How Flyers fans are getting screwed for Winter Classic tickets - Puck Daddy
Forcing season ticket holders to buy tickets to the Alumni game and an AHL team if they want to buy Winter Classic tickets? Yeah, that sucks.

The Quiet Room: What’s up with whiplash? - Backhand Shelf

More than you probably wanted to know about whiplash in hockey, but it's cool stuff! 

Shot Distance Allowed as a Team Talent - Arctic Ice Hockey
Another argument for the notion that the quality of shots (getting closer to the net, etc.) is not a significant difference-making talent between teams at the NHL level.

Penguins Hockey – The Last Days of the Igloo - The Hockey Writers
The walls are about to come tumbling down in Pittsburgh.

Secondary scoring still a concern for Sens - Silver Seven
Call these guys the anti-Predators.