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Bobby Ryan fever has gripped the hockey world today, as a single TV report indicating that he might be on the trading block has set off speculation in cities around the NHL as to what it might take to acquire him from a struggling Ducks squad.

So while you're waiting for tonight's Preds-Flames game (preview here), browse through your afternoon hockey notes for loads of Bobby Ryan talk, and a whole lot more!

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Nashville Predators News

The Odd Man Rush: Money, meet mouth.
The Preds' ownership has talked up the notion of increased spending, so a deal for Bobby Ryan would help fulfill that promise.

Smashville 24/7: Roundtable: Should Preds consider a trade for Bobby Ryan?
Ryan would toss Sergei Kostitsyn into a proposed deal.

Interesting shenanigans in Nashville - The Globe and Mail
Well whattaya know, David Shoalts parrots Phil Williams' recent reports.

Could change help Admirals? - JSOnline
Some uncomfortable, yet telling questions from Dave Boehler here. The whole Kirk Muller era in Milwaukee has an odd feel to it. Very un-Predator-like.

Wilson headed to Nashville, Slaney to Milwaukee - JSOnline
Robert Slaney gets the knock-on benefit of being called up from Cincinnati to fill Kyle Wilson's spot in Milwaukee.

Geoffrion talks about hit, Wilson recalled - Predators Insider
Even Blake Geoffrion says last night's hit was shoulder-to-shoulder.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Okay, I'll Play Along: What I Would Give Up for Bobby Ryan - Jewels From The Crown
Dustin Penner was supposed to be the solution to the Kings' needs up front, but Quisp tosses in his bid.

Speculation: Bobby Ryan? - The Cannon
Yes, even Columbus might have an interest.

Bobby Ryan Being Shopped: Could he be a Bruins Target? - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The fans in Boston covet the Anaheim sniper, too.

Has the pressure gotten to Getzlaf? - The Orange County Register
It's easy to blame the head coach when a team falters, but what about the captain? Anaheim's Randy Carlyle speaks about easing that burden on Ryan Getzlaf.

Steve Mason's Healthy, Now What? - The Cannon
I'm sure many fans in Columbus are wondering what to do about this.

Systems Analyst: Trusting Your Teammates, Acknowledging "Numbers" - Backhand Shelf
Another fine example of a backchecker over-pursuing the puck, and the havoc which results. 

2012 All-Star Fan Balloting Week 2 leaders -
Shea Weber's 9th-place showing among defenseman is the only Predator you'll find here.

Art Ross 2012 hunt: Can Sidney Crosby chase down the league? - PensBurgh
Unlikely? Sure, but I wouldn't put it past Crosby to pull it off.

Tuesday's Number: Sedin goal totals - Nucks Misconduct
I think the Sedin twins have finally pulled the "let's switch jerseys and see if anyone can tell" game.

Guy Boucher knows how to use M-A Bergeron -
Great coaching is getting the most of out of what you've got, and for the Lightning, Marc-Andre Bergeron can be an offensive force if protected appropriately.

Quenneville, stats suggest Toews is better than ever -
Good news for the Chicago Blackhawks, bad news for the rest of the NHL.

Martin St. Louis reaches 300 Goals for Tampa Bay Lightning | Hockey Gear HQ
Martin St. Louis reached another milestone in his illustrious NHL career, which the Lightning celebrated with a new video.

Why Mike Knuble is No Fourth-Liner - Japers' Rink
Will Dale Hunter spring this vet from the dog house in Washington?

Jeremy Yablonski Suspended For Remainder of KHL Season, Spurs Major Rule Change - Backhand Shelf
Kudos to the KHL for at least taking a baby step towards eliminating the clown show that Yablonski and a few other goons have brought to that league.

New York Rangers' 20-Game Grades: Forwards Edition - Blueshirt Banter
The old saying about needing your best players to be your best players applies with the Rangers.

Are NHL coaching jobs the least secure in professional sports? - Backhand Shelf
They've got to be right up there with "Philadelphia Flyers starting goaltender".