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Tuesday's notes: So long, Sully

With yesterday's news that Steve Sullivan will not return to the Nashville Predators this fall, the remembrances and farewells are coming in from all corners. Over on the OTF Facebook page, in the comments on yesterday's article, and from blogs around this city, fans are recalling one of the most dynamic players in franchise history. It's nice, in a way, that the word got out like this. Instead of reacting to seeing Sully sign somewhere when free agent season opens on Friday, fans can instead take a a couple days to celebrate his time here and wish him well wherever he lands.

Follow after the jump for a couple Sullivan-related articles, and a boatload of other hockey news from around the league...

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Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: POTG Tuesday Morning Headlines, News, and Links
Buddy's morning links include an angry hockey wife...

Smashville 24/7: Sullivan will not be forgotten in Music City
Ryan sums up the Sullivan era.

Music City Mindset: Top 5 Steve Sullivan Moments
Ryan captures some of Sully's magic moments with the Preds.

It’s Muller Time | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan makes the obvious Milwaukee pun, then takes a good look at what Captain Kirk will bring to the Ads.

Predators' new minor league coach brings major credibility from playing career | Nashville City Paper
Jacques Demers is one of my favorite all-time coaches, and he believed in Kirk Muller's future behind the bench as much as two decades ago.

Predators make qualifying offers to eight restricted free agents | Nashville City Paper
So... everyone but Dan Gendur and Mark Santorelli. What's weird is that they made an offer to Linus Klasen, who's already gone back to Sweden. I didn't even include him in my speculative piece yesterday because I figured he was out the door.

Around the NHL

Puck Daddy’s Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011 forecast - Puck Daddy
Glen Freaking Wesley gets a mention, and not Mark Howe? For shame, Puck Daddy!

Preds On The Glass: NHL Network Announces Coverage of Tuesday's Hockey HOF Inductee Announcement (Press Release)
Be there or be square... 2:30 p.m. Central today.

Maple Leafs Qualifying Offers - Pension Plan Puppets
Remember when Fabian Brunnstrom was the talk of the league, and lit up the Preds with a hat trick in his first NHL game? Well, the Maple Leafs are letting him walk.

Tyler Kennedy Not Given Qualified Offer, Becomes Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1 - PensBurgh
Here's a guy who shoots the puck... and will hit the open market.

Welcome to Wrigleyville, FLA: Panthers acquire rights to Blackhawks LW Tomas Kopecky - On Frozen Pond
Dale Tallon brings in another Chicago Blackhawk.

Some Oilers fans have visions of Smyth and Jones, but I want the next fix: Goc, Fiddler and Hejda | Edmonton Journal
JR's Goc alert sensed this Edmonton scribe coveting a decent PK and faceoff man.

Does this remind anyone of Christmas eve? " Sabre Noise
It doesn't sound like Goc is at all a "best kept secret", they'd like him in Buffalo, too.

Matthew Hulsizer ends bid to buy Phoenix Coyotes | Phoenix Business Journal
Uh oh... continuing trouble in Phoenix.

Down Goes Brown: Winners and losers at the 2011 NHL draft
"Loser: Vancouver Canucks - Faced such overwhelming booing, heckling, and outright verbal abuse each time they took the stage that they eventually had to get security to ask Mike Milbury to leave."

Why is Bryan Murray still in Ottawa? It's complicated - Silver Seven
The Senators GM is getting another chance to rebuild the team, after speculation ran rampant that he'd be ousted last season.

Alex Ovechkin Has A Direct Line To Vladimir Putin? -
What a country!

NHL Awards Voting, The PHWA & Transparency (Or Lack Thereof) - The Copper & Blue
Derek breaks down some of the absurd aspects of the NHL Awards voting. 

Hockey Gear HQ launches new email newsletter | Hockey Gear HQ - news, reviews & deals
Subscribe to the new email newsletter at my side project, and you can keep up with the latest deals, discounts & developments in the world of hockey equipment, apparel & accessories.