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This morning's hockey notes include word that Blake Geoffrion has become the latest Nashville Predator to suffer a lost-time injury, reaction to a controversial call which had a major impact on last night's game, and speculation over whether the Preds should make a push to acquire the latest star forward who is reportedly on the trading block...

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Nashville Predators News

Hockey Night in Nashville: Should Nashville trade for Bobby Ryan?
I'd say no, based on what it would probably cost in trade. I'd rather see the team assemble a stronger 3rd line than try and acquire a big-name star.

Bobby Ryan being shopped? Paging David Poile… | Section 303
Jeremy's willing to empty the vault to bring in Bobby Ryan. A Top 6 forward, an elite prospect, and a pick? No thanks.

Video: Oilers’ Ryan Jones was jobbed by refs on Geoffrion major - Puck Daddy
There's no argument from me on this one - it looked like the refs made a call because Blake got hurt, more than anything else. It was a hard, clean hit, and Weber's goal on the resulting power play changed the game last night.

More On The Coaching Change | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan isn't happy at all to see Kirk Muller leave so quickly.

Nashville Predators lose Blake Geoffrion 'for a while' - The Tennessean
Boomer left the game with his arm in a sling, so I'll guess "separated shoulder" here.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
Josh shakes off the Tootoo haters.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Down Goes Brown: Potential issues in the next NHL CBA
Among concerns being raised: "Phoenix Coyotes - Don't really care what's in next season's CBA, but are going to need to make sure it's translated into French. Uh, no reason."

USA Tops Junior Hockey Program World Ranking - Puck Worlds
USA! USA! USA!

5 Ways To Improve the NHL | All Habs
How times have changed - a Montreal writer thinks it's a crime that Nashville doesn't visit the Canadiens every season.

Brian Burke hits three-year mark with Leafs flying high - The Globe and Mail
Is the Toronto GM finally putting the pieces together?

Hunter needs to get Ovechkin going + 30 Thoughts - CBC Sports
Elliotte Friedman's weekly column touches on coaching changes, both recent and speculated. Also included here? A note that the Preds tried to claim Blake Comeau when he went through waivers, but Calgary stood ahead of them in line.

Muller: "If everyone is accountable, it's amazing what you can accomplish" - Canes Country
Kirk Muller has 'em swooning in Carolina.

Following Sanford, The Jackets' Defense Improves - The Cannon
Curtis Sanford is saving the day in Columbus, where they've rocketed up to 24th in Goals Against.

Remembering Dale Hunter's Most Notorious Moment In Capitals Red - SBNation.com
A history lesson for those of you who may not have watched Dale Hunter in action long ago, one of the most notorious cheap shots in NHL history.

Three for Pacioretty - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Max Pacioretty gets a sit-down for clobbering Pittsburgh's Kris Letang.

A Theory of Ice: Get There From Here
E's looking for the secret sauce of the GM's world.

Ryan Miller isn’t sure Milan Lucic concussed him anymore - Puck Daddy
Well, it could be whiplash, right? I remember seeing an article on the similarity of symptoms a few weeks ago.

Brandon Dubinsky on Jody Shelley: "He's a terrible hockey player" - Broad Street Hockey
HBO's 24/7 has barely gotten rolling, and we've already got Flyers and Rangers getting catty with each other.

New York Rangers Unveil Winter Classic Jersey - Blueshirt Banter
*yawn*

Emotional Selanne searches for answers - Fox Sports West
Teemu Selanne speaks frankly about what ails the Ducks, and he doesn't lay it on head coach Randy Carlyle.

Video: Adirondack Phantoms ‘Built This’ hilarious ode to 1980s - Puck Daddy
You gotta love minor-league wackiness.

You'd never have expected it: St. Louis' 300th Lightning goal - Raw Charge

Congratulations to one of my absolute favorite players to watch in the NHL, and one of its unlikeliest success stories.

Islanders 1st Quarter Grades: Bad, bad and not good - Lighthouse Hockey
Dominik hands out the grades on Long Island, a tardy task I plan to get to around here later this week.

Bruins at the Quarter Pole: Who's Overachieving, Who's Underachieving, and Who's Doing Just Fine? - Stanley Cup of Chowder

Check out the Bruins' grades, too. They've been pretty much the hottest team in the league over the last few weeks.

Predators Dominate Lifeless Oilers, 2-1 - The Copper & Blue
From the Edmontonian perspective, last night's game was one of their worst this season.

Avalanche remain terrible on home ice | All Things Avalanche — The Denver Post
After getting beat 3-1 in front of 12,015 in Denver, Adrian Dater wonders if the Avalanche might be the next team to fire their coach.