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Thursday p.m. notes: Uncertainty surrounds Predators on Free Agency Eve

With the news coming today that J.P. Dumont is getting bought out of his contract, the team's unrestricted free agents are expected to hit the open market, and the restricted ones face that possibility depending on an arbitrator's ruling, the anxiety level among the fan base has taken a step up (or two... or three...).

Follow after the jump for the reaction to these developments, and an assortment of hockey notes...

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Nashville Predators News

VIP INTERNET RADIO - Matthew Lombardi interview
The Preds center sits down for a long interview about his NHL career with a radio show in Montreal. It's good to at least hear from him...

Smashville 24/7: News and notes from Poile press conference
Ryan has all the scoop from the GM's media session today.

Smashville 24/7: Trotz shows optimism in Pickard
Make no mistake, though, Chet Pickard is under the gun this season.

Will the Predators be recognizable in 2011-12? - Inside Smashville
No Dumont, no Sully, no Shane O`Brien, Goc & Ward headed to free agency...

Preds On The Glass: The Turning Point in J.P. Dumont's Career (Video)
Was this the beginning of the end for J.P.? As if you needed another reason to despire Alex Burrows.

Paul McCann - Random Notes for a Thursday
Paul put a wrap on another season of SlapShot Radio last night...

Preds On The Glass: POTG Thursday Morning Headlines, News, and Links
Buddy's links dump covers the league from coast to coast, like buttered toast.

My Summer Catchup: Muller Hiring, Lambert’s Promotion, Laakso Resigned, New Preds Logo, Nashville’s Qualifying Offer Screw Up? | Admirals Roundtable
Jason was away for a bit, and touches on a number of recent stories.

Tennessean newsroom layoffs begin -
The Tennessean is going through layoffs right now, and the casualties include Bryan Mullen, who helped cover the Preds at times, and sports columnist Joe Biddle.

NHL: Can the Nashville Predators afford to keep Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and Pekka Rinne? - ESPN
Josh Cooper files a story with about the long term future for the trio of Nashville stars.

The Nashville Predators Select CommerceTel and Txtstation to Power Interactive Mobile Solutions - MarketWatch
It looks like the Preds may have a few new tricks up their sleeve in terms of mobile marketing this season.

Around the NHL

The Souray saga is mercifully over in Edmonton - Houses of the Hockey
What an ugly mess that turned out to be...

The Night Before Griftmas - Pension Plan Puppets
Anticipation is building in Toronto over what Brian Burke will do tomorrow.

Why Steve Montador makes sense for the Blackhawks - Puck Daddy
Chicago looks forward to having a little more heft on their blueline.

Avs’ trade of John-Michael Liles: Bad move | All Things Avalanche
Terry Frei's not crazy about Colorado's dumping of a gifted puck-mover.

Wisniewski Meets Jackets (Puck-Rakers Blog)
Columbus hopes to land a legitimate top-4 D in James Wisniewski.

Canes Now - Canes agree to new deal with Jokinen
Scratch Jussi Jokinen off the free agency lists...

Bourne Blog: On T.J. Oshie, the party life and maturity factor - Puck Daddy
It's a bit odd to see a young rising player sign just a one year deal like the Blues' winger just did.

M&G Roundtable: The Robyn Regehr Trade - Matchsticks and Gasoline
How will Calgary fare in the wake of trading away a solid 2-way blueliner?