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Monday afternoon notes: Francis Bouillon practices!

While most Nashville Predators fans are paying attention to the battle for roster spots this week, our afternoon hockey notes kick off with outstanding news on the injury front, with Francis Bouillon's return to the ice...

Nashville Predators News

Francis Bouillon thrilled to be back practicing with his teammates - Nashville Predators Examiner
After many, many months, The Cube finally stepped on the ice with the rest of the Preds in practice today. There's still a ways to go before he's ready for game action, but this is encouraging.

Preds On The Glass: Predators Have Long History of Player Acquisitions Near Opening Day
More often than not, the Preds seem to make a deal at this time of year to tweak the roster.

Nashville Predators 2011 Season Preview
Tune in to 102.5 The Game from 6:00-7:00 p.m. tonight, for a Preds season preview show.

Smashville 24/7: Audio: Ryan Ellis sent to Milwaukee
Here's the voice of Trotz after practice today, providing roster and injury updates.

Today is Decision Day for Predators; who stays, goes?… | Section 303
Jeremy makes a number of Nashville vs. Milwaukee calls here. So far, so good.

Pred White and Blue: Decision Day and Preseason Thoughts
A six-pack of thoughts, including some major complaints about the All You Can Eat section at Bridgestone Arena.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Blues ready to get to business -
Check out some projected lines for the Blues this season.

Harding can't catch break; Nystrom won't be suspended |
Whoa boy, they can't be happy in Minnesota, where backup goalie Josh Harding injured his ankle in a "team-building exercise".

Spector on NHL: Time to make a change -
Why is it that the league takes so long to act on what should be obvious changes made to increase player safety?

Driving Play: On The Problem With Corsi Rel
I've cooled off a bit on Relative Corsi myself, for many of the reasons noted here.

Red Light District: 2011-12 point totals: Over or Under?
Ryan goes a-gamblin'.

Pre-Season Public Relations And The Fun That Follows - Backhand Shelf
Good stuff here, considering the Preds usually have their Community Day this week before the regular season starts...

Time For the NHL to Show Serious Growth in America with New Television Deal " Puck The Media
This season should represent a big step forward for the NHL on TV, writes Steve Lepore.

Down Goes Brown: 2011-12 Season Preview - Eastern Conference
"Carolina Hurricanes: This team seems to have an awful lot of former Maple Leafs on it, a sobbing Paul Maurice just informed an empty bottle of malt liquor."