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Today kicks of the arbitration process regarding the NHLPA's grievance over Nashville's qualifying offers, although by this point the situation has been narrowed down to the status of Sergei Kostitsyn, thanks to all the signings yesterday and the trade of Andreas Thurreson. It's unlikely that we'll hear a result today, so I doubt we'll hear much detail on the matter. So to keep us occupied in the meantime, I thought I'd kick off a little discussion for the day:

With Mark Dekanich gone, how do you see the goaltending battle in Milwaukee shaking out? Jeremy Smith got quite a bit of action there down the stretch last season, but Chet Pickard will be motivated to rebound from an awful 2010-11 season. Are you concerned about the Preds' ability to draw upon that depth if needed this season?

Ponder that while you review your morning hockey news...

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Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators re-sign free agent foursome - The Tennessean
Besides reporting on yesterday's deal, Josh gets quotes from David Poile ahead of today's hearing on the NHLPA grievance.

Around the NHL

Hemsky hopeful he can shoulder load - Vancouver Sun
Alex Hemsky is working his way back from shoulder surgery, his second such repair job in the last two years.

Better Know A Newbie: Alexander Sulzer - Orland Kurtenblog
Does the former Pred have a shot at making Vancouver's roster? I hope so, I always like him as a player.

Red Wings fan fined for octopus throw has case tossed - Puck Daddy
A Detroit fan escapes the eight arms of the law. Sorry, just couldn't help myself there.

Chemistry Between Gaborik and Richards Isn’t a Given - PuckUpdate
A big signing in New York? What could possibly go wrong?

The Malik Report : Kulfan: Red Wings will reveal assistant coaches’ identities tomorrow
We should hear about the new assistants in Detroit today, which may include former Predator Bob Boughner.

The decline of Dany Heatley - Houses of the Hockey
Did the Wild trade for a guy on the downside of his career? It's hard to believe at the age of 31, but the trend isn't good here.

Bolts ink forwards Alexandre Picard and Ryan Shannon; roster set? - Raw Charge
Tampa Bay picks up a couple forwards to round out their lines.

Bourne Blog: Summer hockey etiquette for playing the pros - Puck Daddy
A handy guide for the lucky few.

Craig Ramsay Comes 'Home' to Florida Panthers- On Frozen Pond
He may not be a head coach any more, but Ramsey is glad to head back to Florida, at least.

Morning Mashup: Burke Being Fehr " Maple Leafs Hot Stove
Some are criticizing Brian Burke for missing out on Brad Richards, but is he thinking ahead to life under the next CBA?

McCAFFERY: Mark Howe lives up to dad’s big dreams -
With his famous father alongside, Mark Howe was also inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.

I Hate It When Hockey Folks Talk In Code :( " Coach Chic's Hockey Diary
The venerable hockey sage gets fed up with some recent trends in hockey.

The Secondary Conference is Official - Western College Hockey Blog
The college hockey landscape is undergoing radical change these days.

Why you should buy your NHL jerseys online | Hockey Gear HQ - news, reviews & deals
When it comes to buying a new jersey, going online can be the best way to go for most fans, whether looking for an authentic or replica NHL model.