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Tuesday afternoon notes: 3 Preds place in TSN's Top 50 NHL Players List

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Yup, that's the franchise right there.
Yup, that's the franchise right there.

The Big 3 of Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, and Pekka Rinne are showing up on many preseason lists as contenders for various honors, and one comes today with TSN's Top 50 NHL Players list. Follow after the jump for that, and a truckload of other hockey notes, including Sean Avery hitting the waiver wire, and bad news for Cody Franson in Toronto...

Nashville Predators News

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This is one proud Wisconsinian (is that a word?) here.

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Some weird, but interesting combos from practice today.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

2011-12 Top 50: TSN
Have the Preds ever had 3 players in a preseason Top 50 before? I'd be surprised.

Avery Waived by Rangers - NYTimes.com
Anybody want Sean Avery for the Preds?

Down Goes Brown: 2011-12 Season Preview - Western Conference
Oh my - "Nashville Predators: Somehow managed to acquire Brett Lebda in a trade for Cody Franson, a player with so little value that he was once actually traded for Brett Lebda."

Cody Franson - 7th D Man? - Pension Plan Puppets
Speaking of Fruit Cup...

Puck Daddy’s 2011-12 NHL Awards Predictions (and other stuff) - Puck Daddy
Four guys here pick a Predator to win the Norris Trophy, but it's not just Shea Weber getting the love.

Pat Tillman tribute featured on Jason LaBarbera’s stunning mask - Puck Daddy
Stunning is right, this is way-cool. 

Red Light District: Western Conference predictions
Are the Preds primed to make the playoffs again?

Numerous possibilities exist for realignment - NHL.Countdown
E.J. Hradek has a number of takes here, and look at #8.

How does Ryan Ellis' demotion impact you? - NHL.com
An argument for fantasy hockey managers not to drop Ryan Ellis just yet.

Fantasy Top Ten - Under The Radar Breakout Picks - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
The Preds land two selections here...

Pred White and Blue: Are Our Sports Getting Too Soft?
Can hockey be made safer, but still be hockey?

Bowling Green Joins WCHA - Western College Hockey Blog
This takes the WCHA up to 9 teams...

Avoiding Heavy Legs, Minimizing The Damage When You Can’t - Backhand Shelf
I'm not worried about heavy legs as a rec-league player, it's my gut that's the problem!

The NHL's Most Interesting Name: 1950s - Arctic Ice Hockey
Sometimes, truth is funnier than fiction.