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This morning's hockey notes kick off with a profile of Jerred Smithson, a guy who takes on a staggering amount of defensive responsibility, yet never fails to put his body on the line to help the Preds win. Even though the season is young, it seems like he's already blocked at least half a dozen shots of the ouch, that's really going to hurt in the morning variety, but somehow the guy never misses a shift.

That's why I've been adamant that he needs to appropriate Chris Johnson's erstwhile moniker, "Every Coach's Dream"...

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Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators listen when Jerred Smithson speaks - The Tennessean
Josh Cooper profiles the Preds' consummate hard worker.

Smashville 24/7: What should be Poile’s next move?
Ryan walks through the issues relative to Shea Weber & Ryan Suter's next contracts.

One Crazy Summer: Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side? | The Predatorial
Jeremy makes his case for the Predators having successfully filled in the gaps left behind by the likes of Steve Sullivan, Marcel Goc, Joel Ward and Shane O`Brien

Boclair: Cash out, cash in | Nashville City Paper
With Pekka Rinne here for the long term, David Boclair suggests that Anders Lindback should be put on the trading block. I wouldn't agree yet, as you still need a quality backup, and Lindback only has 23 games of NHL experience, it's not like he's rotting on the vine here.

The Hitchcock hiring and notes - Predators Insider
It sounds like Nick Spaling is still out for the Kings game, but might be back to face the Ducks tomorrow.

Nice to be home again - Predators Insider
Jonathon Blum is going back to Cali... Cali... Cali...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Faceoff Leaders By Starting Zone - The Copper & Blue
Here's one statistical view which puts Jerred Smithson at the top of the heap.

Bruins' Paille exits game after slap shot to face -
Nasty, nasty stuff here.

Examining Jason Spezza’s new role as Ottawa’s faceoff specialist - Puck Daddy
Might the Ottawa dangler be adding some additional strengths to his game?

Morning Mashup: Everyday We’re Shuffling " Toronto Maple Leafs Hot Stove
On a related note, thanks to LMFAO my 8-year-old now stops in the middle of putting on his pajamas to go wiggle-wiggle-wiggle-wiggle-wiggle YEAH.

A Look at the NHL - 1/6 Review in Win Threshold - Pension Plan Puppets
A little bizarre, but an attempt to get an idea of what kind of goaltending each team would need in order to make the playoffs.

Todd McLellan internalizes our statistical lessons - Arctic Ice Hockey
It's good to know someone's paying attention.

Ex-Red Wing Darren McCarty now working in Detroit pawn shop | All Things Avalanche
Adrian Dater caught up with the original Grind Liner while in Detroit to cover an Avs game.

Taking Our Punk --- To Nashville - Second City Hockey
The Blackhawks are coming! The Blackhawks are coming!

Pound still critical of NHL drug policy - The Globe and Mail
The President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Dick Pound, is *snicker* *snicker* sorry, you're on your own with this one.

Marc Savard apparently has developed psychic powers of prediction - Puck Daddy

Professor Paul Bissonnette educates Phoenix fans -
OK, this is funny stuff, as BizNasty takes to the world of video...

Sharks learn from mistakes, trump Kings 4-2 - Fear The Fin
Los Angeles comes into tonight's game against Nashville after having been thumped by the Sharks.

Bruins Down Islanders In Second Straight Blowout - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Has the bear awakened?