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Tuesday's notes: Bye bye, Linus

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This is the time of year when movement becomes the theme of the day. The chatter is getting louder and louder saying that the Atlanta Thrashers will indeed move to Winnipeg, speculation abounds over whether certain KHL players will return to the NHL, and a Nashville Predators prospect heads back over the ocean...

Nashville Predators News

Chatting with Predators’ Pekka Rinne about playoff run, Kesler, Vezina chances, Radulov and going country in Nashville - Puck Daddy
Pekka sounds off on some of the toughest players he faces around the league, his beer of choice, and of course, plugs his official website. A good interview here...

Hockey Night in Nashville: Blog Updates
Best of luck to Robby as he takes a break from blogging to address some health concerns.

Hockey - Eurosport
It's official, Linus Klasen has gone back across the Atlantic and signed with Malmo of the Swedish Elite League. I had concerns right from the start as to whether he could hack it on this side of the water.

Mike Fisher: a exit interview | Section 303
Jeremy got Mike Fisher's thoughts on Vancouver's Green Men, among other things.

If Thrashers move to Winnipeg will Preds move to East? | Section 303
I'll give Jeremy points for creativity, but proposing the NHL move to a 3-conference format and reduce the schedule by two games? *facepalm*

This realignment takes 32 teams | Section 303
Actually, I'm down with the basic idea here - once the Phoenix and Atlanta situations get sorted out, the league probably should expand by a couple teams sometime in the next 3-5 years.

Music City Mindset: The Roller Coaster Season Part III: November's Sudden Drop
Walking through one of the nastier segments of the season.

Off-Season Important Dates And Events For Predators Fans - Predlines
August is looking pretty barren, but there's plenty going on until then.

Nashville Predators possess loads of skill at CHL level - Hockey's Future
A recap of the Preds' prospects in junior hockey.

Promising Predators must contend with Weber deal, offensive woes -
Kevin Allen points out a few to-do's for David Poile.

Poile talks coaches, injuries, realignment - Predators Insider
Besides Mike Fisher, Nick Spaling also had shoulder surgery, and faces a 3-month recovery.

Former Predators play on in quest for 2011 Stanley Cup | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair hits on a theme I wrote about a couple days ago, although I'm guilty of ignoring the Shane Hnidy era.

Around the NHL - Thrashers' rollercoaster ride hurtling toward Winnipeg?
Elliotte Friedman explains just why the situation in Atlanta is so different from that in Phoenix. It sounds more likely by the day that we'll hear an announcement that the Thrasher will be sold & relocated to Winnipeg. That sucks for the few diehard hockey fans in Atlanta, and the problem is that this situation has never been about them to begin with.

Ain’t no party like a Finland fan party because they’re naked - Puck Daddy
The Finns were partying like it was 1995 (which was the last time they won a world championship). 

Berglund, Stepan among young players who can build on strong world championship - Sporting News
Craig Custance looks at how a number of young guns performed on the world stage, including Predators prospect Craig Smith.

Sharks downplay blown leads in the third period - Puck Daddy
San Jose may not sound concerned about blowing some late leads lately, but you know that's what we'll all be watching for in the days ahead.

Bruins: Help us Patrice Bergeron, you’re our only hope - Puck Daddy
With Bergeron recovering from a concussion, once again we are faced with balancing the urgency of the moment with a player's long-term health.

No surprise: Jay Feaster officially takes over as GM in Calgary - Houses of the Hockey

This one was obvious as soon as Feaster was hired as an assistant. 

Rejoice, for we Have Flames News!: Glencross Re-Signs, Press Conference This Afternoon - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Calgary rewards Curtis Glencross with a four-year contract at $2.55 million per season. Does this contract represent a "comparable" for the Joel Ward negotiations?

Nassau Coliseum: It Might Be a Dump, But It's *OUR* Dump - Lighthouse Hockey
The rink only a mother (or fan) could love...

The Peerless Prognosticator: Everyone's Doin' It: Realignment
Here's another silly whack at realignment. Sorry, the old division names (Norris, Smythe, etc.) ain't coming back.