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Peter Forsberg returns, will likely play in Nashville Saturday: Monday's notes

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After weeks of speculation, and a few practices with the Colorado Avalanche, Peter Forsberg has signed a contract to rejoin the Avs, and according to the Denver Post this morning, it looks like he'll make his NHL return either Friday night at Columbus, or Saturday night here in Nashville. At age 37, with a host of injury concerns over the years, can he still help the Avs? This hardly looks like a team which needs offensive help, as their defense ranks 14th in the Western Conference.

Follow after the jump for more on this, and a whole boatload of other hockey news this morning!

Save some cash and take the OTF Discount on Nashville Predators tickets for any home game. After tonight, the Colorado Avalanche (now with former Pred Peter Forsberg) come in on Saturday.

Nashville Predators News

Lindbäck about the meeting: "I hope to punish" -
It turns out that Anders Lindback played against Forsberg last season in Sweden, and jokes that if he gets to play against Colorado, he'll know how to handle Foppa in the shootout (use Google Translate).

If The Preds Could Save Time in a Bottle… " Pull My (Fang)Finger
AJ mixes together some musical memories with Saturday's night's romp to provide a take on where the Predators are headed from here.

Preview #54: Edmonton’s Electric Youth Come To Nashville " Predlines
Amanda warns you to watch out for Jordan Eberle, too, not just Taylor Hall.

Predators Netminder Making Strong Case For Vezina Consideration - Predlines
I'll give you two guesses as to which one...

Preds On The Glass: Only in Nashville... Alice Cooper and Vince Gill Rock at the Predators Game
Buddy got some of the Preds to talk about meeting Alice Cooper after the big win against Detroit.

The View from 111: Scenes From the Road- Philadelphia
Mark shares some photos from his trip with to follow the Preds to Philly last week.

Preds On The Glass: Top Ten Moments in Preds History
Ryan Porth takes his stab at a Top 10 list.

Can The Nashville Predators Catch The Detroit Red Wings? - The Copper & Blue
An outsider assesses the Preds' chances.

Alice Cooper makes surprise appearance at Saturday’s Nashville Predators game - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond got to interview the man himself... who, it turns out, is a longtime hockey fan.

Kostitsyn won't cash in on improved play anytime soon | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair looks at Sergei Kostitsyn's contract situation this summer. As a restricted free agent, his options are likely to be Nashville or the KHL.

Blake Geoffrion awaits callup to hometown Predators - The Tennessean
He's on a rampage in the AHL these days, so might we see Blake Geoffrion make his NHL debut soon?

Poile looking to improve Preds as deadline nears -
A few words from the GM about where the Predators look to make some changes.

Around the NHL

Forsberg Makes His Decision - Colorado Avalanche
They're giddy in Denver, where Peter Forsberg has signed on for the remainder of the season and will join the team. Can he still be a difference-maker in the NHL, however? I have serious doubts.

Boork if Foppa "terrible if it goes bad" -
One Swedish commentator thinks Forsberg should have wound things down gracefully rather than take one more shot at the NHL (run it through Google Translate). - Tambo and Newspeak
Deconstructing some nonsense from the Edmonton front office about they way they've handled Sheldon Souray.

Paajarvi earning his keep in the NHL - Cult of Hockey
If you think you've got Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle taken care of, oh yeah, there's this guy too.

Lowetide: Faceoff Percentage 03-10
Jerred Smithson might just feast on the Edmonton faceoff men tonight.

Report: Marc Savard Out for Remainder of Season -
Add another to the list of concussion victims... Boston won't get back their key playmaking center for the rest of the season.

Miffed Kessel shuffled by Wilson - Toronto Sun
Things are getting ugly in Toronto, where Phil Kessel isn't scoring, nor is he talking to head coach Ron Wilson.

Evgeni Malkin has a Torn ACL and MCL - PensBurgh
Uh oh... Pittsburgh loses Malkin for the rest of the season.

Huge changes for VERSUS; Pierre McGuire joins NHL announce team - Puck Daddy

Joe Beninati Out at VERSUS " Puck The Media
The Comcast/NBC merger means there will be plenty of change at Versus, and it sounds like play-by-play man Joe Beninati is the latest victim.

Weekend wrap: Trade talk heats up, Jagr up for NHL return, Heritage sponsorship strong - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun also links the Preds to the Mike Fisher talk.

What we really know heading toward the trade deadline -
Kevin Allen runs through what's been discussed publicly for several teams around the league.

NHL players union against head-hit punishments -
We sometimes forget that hockey is a dangerous sport because the players actually like it that way.

Gay hockey players celebrate legacy of late Brendan Burke - Puck Daddy
It's important that Brendan Burke's memory not fade into the background, and that folks continue the stand against homophobia in hockey.