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Friday's notes: Doughty deal delivers the dough

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The waiting game is over in Los Angeles, where defenseman Drew Doughty has finally signed an 8-year, $56 million contract that sets a benchmark not only for Nashville's dynamic duo, but other defenseman around the league coming up for new contracts as well the next few years.

Follow after the jump for more on that, and an absolute boatload of other hockey news this morning!

Nashville Predators News

New Season, New Look for Nashville Predators : Sports Video Group
Forget the guys on the ice, there will be some flashy new video display boards which add t the team's advertising and game operations possibilities.

The Kids Are Alright - Predators AJenda
For those of you looking for a full-throated paean dedicated to this youthful Preds team, AJ's your man. I recommend printing this out and reading it before Opening Night to get the hair on the back of your neck standing up.

Jordin Tootoo’s Season of High Expectations | The Hockey Writers
Along with our hopes come greater expectations for what Tootoo can bring to the Predators this season.

Cliff Ronning makes his return to Nashville - Nashville Predators Examiner
Very cool article here from Jim Diamond, about The Rat and his custom hockey stick company.

Nashville Predators' Colin Wilson motivated by being benched last season - The Tennessean
This is the 3rd such article we've seen over the last two weeks, but the critical question remains unanswered. What happened to Colin Wilson's Twitter account?

Preds seek balance in conference realignment - Fox Sports TN
David Poile sounds like a Zen monk here - my question is, what represents "balance"?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Drew Doughty, Kings end stalemate with 8-year blockbuster deal - Puck Daddy
8 years, $56 million for Drew Doughty. What does this mean for Shea Weber & Ryan Suter next summer?

Sleektooned Blog Logos 8: Ocho! - Battle of California
Earl got us!

Preseason? More like Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals - Arctic Ice Hockey
They're paying a steep price for hockey in Winnipeg, but loving it.

Canucks Roster Hopefuls No Match For Sharks - Nucks Misconduct
Vancouver lost on the scoreboard, but won a fight with a one-punch TKO.

New York Rangers Recap: Rangers Defeat HC Sparta 2-0 In First European Exhibition Game - Blueshirt Banter
No, I don't think they were the guys from that "300" movie.

Hey, Flyers won again: Jagr's team 2, Devils 1 - Broad Street Hockey
It's "Back to the 90's Night" for Flyers fans as both Jaromir Jagr and Chris Pronger played for Philly.

Panthers Preseason Goes Sour: Just Step Away From The Panic Button - Litter Box Cats
The Panthers went 1-4-1 on the preseason... are they doomed?

Fantasy Hockey: Movers, decliners and poisonous players in your draft - Puck Daddy
If you've got a fantasy hockey draft coming up, don't go into it without my free eBook on fantasy hockey draft strategy...

Coming Down the Pipe!: Marr the Man for Central Scouting
Dan Marr will step into some very big shoes, taking over as Director of NHL Central Scouting for the late E.J. McGuire.

NHL’s crackdown may lead to no-hitters - Times Colonist
Will Brendan Shanahan's suspensions take an exciting element out of hockey?

Katz Group must make ‘very significant investment’ by Oct. 31 for Edmonton arena project
Eh, if they can't get an arena deal done, just move 'em to Atlanta.

Kadri out up to a month with knee injury - The Globe and Mail
Well, that's a shame, I was really interested to see how Nazem Kadri could do right from the start of the season.

Sports Radio Interviews - Derrick Mason Believes Homophobic Slurs and Racial Slurs Should Be Considered the Same
The former Tennessee Titan discusses on-field smack talk, including the recent Wayne Simmonds/Sean Avery controversy.

The Player: From ‘Fat Club’ to fasting, truth about hockey weight - Puck Daddy
How fat is too fat? An anonymous NHL player speaks to the issue of body fat and fitness to play.

Wild takes Pittsburgh's Nick Johnson off waivers |
A rare instance of a guy getting claimed off waivers at this time of year...

Capitals sign Jason Chimera to contract extension - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
The respected veteran gets one year, $1.75 million.

Driving Play: Driving Play Season Preview: 15-11, The Contendahhhs
The Bruins don't even make the top 10 here...

From the "Things that will look foolish in April" file |
Last year at this time writers in Edmonton were giddy over their young offensive talent, getting way ahead of the story line.