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Friday's notes: Let the Madness Begin!

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Canada has it right, they give the entire country the day off work to enjoy the first day of NHL Free Agency.

Us poor schmucks here in the States will have to follow the action a little less closely, but that won't stop us, will it? Not me, I tell ya! Tune in to The Afternoon Press Box on WNSR (560-AM) around 1:00 this afternoon, as I'm joining Darren McFarland and Brad Hopkins to talk some puck. Like I said late last night in my Free Agency Preview, I think the Preds need to look at supporting players who shift the overall Shots For & Against battle in Nashville's favor, rather than get into a bidding war over this or that sexy name.

Sam will also be running a live blog of the festivities today, so that's where you'll want to go to follow the action from around the league. For now, jump on in to your morning hockey news...

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Nashville Predators News

Could the next six weeks define David Poile’s tenure in Nashville? - Nashville Predators Examiner
Yup, and we should throw in this last week, too.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Free agency begins; Preds face questions ahead
Realism mixed with anticipation from Robby here.

Predators GM David Poile Faces the Press | The Hockey Writers
Jas attended yesterday's session with the GM, too, and adds her perspective.

Shane O'Brien speaks - Predators Insider
Shane's goodbye to Nashville is pretty much the polar opposite of his one to Vancouver last summer.

Nashville Predators, restricted free agents wait for ruling - The Tennessean
Don't expect a resolution to this situation today.

Around the NHL

Montador’s signing is likely just the beginning of defensive overspending - Houses of the Hockey
This goes for goalies & forwards, too. July is when lots of players get overpaid relative to performance, but that's the way the market works.

Ehrhoff signs on with Sabres with 10-year, $40 million deal - Puck Daddy
Man, I thought we were done with these cap-circumventing gimmick contracts!

Top 10 free agents - The Globe and Mail
Here are 10 conventional picks from Eric Duhatschek, which includes Wardo.

The Ball's In Jaromir Jagr's Court - PensBurgh
They are pretty much losing their minds in Pittsburgh waiting on Jaromir Jagr's return.

Depth on defense suddenly disappeared - Raw Charge
Tampa Bay will face some interesting decisions this summer as they try to maintain the momentum they built up this season.

Reasonable Expectations and the Jets' Way Forward - Arctic Ice Hockey
Gabe digs him some Joel Ward.

Mason Raymond: So you’re an expert? " Puck, that hurts!
Really good stuff here on the spinal injury suffered during the Stanley Cup Final, and the decision of when an athlete needs to go off on a stretcher.

Canucks Prospects Development Camp Roster Released - Nucks Misconduct
Vancouver has another set of Swedish twins on the way???

Bye Bye, NBA, I’ll Hardly Miss You | Jerseys and Hockey Love
What? You say there's some professional sports league out there wherein genetic freaks bounce an orange bladder and jump around? Stop it...