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Wednesday's notes: David Poile & The Holy Grail

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He's one of the most universally admired and respected executives in the NHL, and has been named a finalist for GM of the Year again this season. But Nashville's David Poile, despite a long and honored career, still has yet to enjoy the kind of post-season success that he has during the regular season or the numerous international tournaments which he's been a part of.

Follow after the jump for a feature piece on the Preds' GM this morning, along with the rest of your morning news & notes...

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators GM David Poile has storied career but still no Stanley Cup - The Tennessean
Josh Cooper pens an outstanding profile of Poile's long NHL road, and the one goal which continues to elude him. One could argue, however, that the opportunity facing the Predators over the next 3-5 years presents perhaps the best shot he's ever had at winning it all.

Predators promote two - Nashville Post
The Preds have a new director of marketing (the 3rd leader on that front in the last 2 years), as David Kells gets a promotion.

Does Future Include Nashville For Defenseman Shane O’Brien? - Predlines
I'll go with "no". SOB was fun to have around, though.

Shea Weber looks back at first year of his captaincy - Nashville Predators Examiner
There were some bumps along the way during the first half of the year, but overall you'd have to consider the Shea Weber Era off to a good start.

Preds On The Glass: POTG Hump Day Headlines, News and Morning Links
Buddy extends an invitation to join him for some roller derby action...

Paul McCann - Winnipeg and Second Chances
Paul notes that long-term NHL success is by no means a sure thing in Winnipeg, given how small a market that is.

Around the NHL

Bruins even up series; Tyler Seguin (4 points) leads B's to 6-5 win - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Their going gaga in Beantown over Seguin's two goals and two assists last night.

Bourne Blog: Tyler Seguin and the trouble with great expectations - Puck Daddy
It's great when a rookie chips in for you, but that doesn't mean they should be immediately placed in a key role, writes Justin Bourne.

Tampa Bay Lightning D Pavel Kubina is progressing slowly but update still is "not very good" | Lightning Strikes

Nobody is saying "concussion", but that's sure what it sounds like here for the big Tampa defenseman. - Thornton finally growing fangs, plus 30 thoughts

Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts has a few Nashville connections this week. 

Is this the End of the Thrashers? - Bird Watchers Anonymous
The Falconer returns after a long absence from BWA, walking through the likely scenarios which face the Thrashers over the next few weeks.

In the Right Hands: Recent Events in Atlanta, Phoenix Speak Volumes of Wang’s Commitment to Isles | The Hockey Writers
A good observation here, that despite all the turmoil over the last several years, Charles Wang is still hanging in there trying to get the Islanders situation turned around.

Single Round Heroes - Houses of the Hockey
All it takes is a few games for a guy to go from the outhouse to the penthouse.

Time to Revisit the Spezza to Columbus Conversation - The Cannon
Seeing Jason Spezza play alongside Rick Nash at the World Championships gets tongues wagging in Columbus.

Dan Carcillo suspended two games - Broad Street Hockey
And here you thought the Flyers were done for the season...

Pegula to buy the Amerks? - Die By The Blade
A nice development percolating in Buffalo, where new Sabres owner Terry Pegula is reportedly close to purchasing the Rochester Americans, with the opportunity to reestablish what used to be a great relationship.

On Frozen Blog › Renewed Questions of Leadership
The Capitals are going to receive extra scrutiny after another disappointing playoff run.

The Power of Personalization | The Business of Sports
One sports business blogger highlights the NHL's customized email tactics.

Down Goes Brown: Should Canadian hockey fans be cheering for the Canucks?
Heck, some folks considered Nashville as "Canada's Team" during the last round.