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UNIONDALE NY - DECEMBER 22: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders scores the winning goal in overtime against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Nassau Coliseum on December 22 2010 in Uniondale New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE NY - DECEMBER 22: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders scores the winning goal in overtime against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Nassau Coliseum on December 22 2010 in Uniondale New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Another young, big-name player has committed to his team this morning, as goal-scorer John Tavares has hitched his wagon to the New York Islanders on a new 6-year contract. Boy, it sure would be nice to have news like that around here, wouldn't it??? Cough cough Ryan Suter... Pekka Rinne...

Follow after the jump for more on this, an interview with a British hockey blogger, news of a new NHL social media policy, and a whole lot more...

Nashville Predators News

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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

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