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Friday afternoon notes: Welcome Mr. Yip

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The talk around the Nashville Predators today turned to practice, where Brandon Yip got on the ice with his new teammates for the first time. What role will he play over the next few games, and what impact that will have on the rest of the lineup are open to speculation right now...

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Nashville Predators News

Following first practice, Brandon Yip looks forward to a new start in Nashville - Nashville Predators Examiner
The question of the day is which forward could get pushed out of the lineup to make room for Yip.

Fond farewell to Yipper | All Things Avalanche — The Denver Post
Brandon's buds in Colorado say goodbye.

Hockey Prospectus | Howe and Why: Rangers Face Likely Second-Half Fall-off
Rob Vollman picks the Preds as a candidate to fall back as the season progresses. I hope to have more on this over the weekend. I do agree that there are some areas which are likely to regress (the power play, chiefly), but I want to see if the fundamental measures in 5-on-5 have improved over the last several weeks.

Smashville 24/7: Conversation with prospect Chase Balisy
Ryan catches up with the Preds' 6th-round pick from last summer.

Smashville 24/7: Smashville On The Glass - Adam Jahns on the 'Hawks
Setting up tomorrow's game with Chicago...

Travel troubles for Admirals - JSOnline
It sounds like the minor-league team had some major-league travel issues.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

For NHL players, the cheque is (nearly) in the mail - The Globe and Mail
Players are finally about to receive their escrow checks from last summer, but there are two interesting tidbits here for Nashville. First, the note that money received from the city of Nashville by the Preds is being challenged by the NHLPA as something that should be considered "hockey related revenue", and the implication that the upcoming CBA will feature a wider range between the salary cap & floor (currently $16 million).

NHL suffering lack of star power after loss of Sidney Crosby - Michael Farber -
I really can't stand articles like this. The problem, if it really is one, is that some of the league's best offensive players are in Tampa Bay and Vancouver.

Ex-player’s book details shocking abuse by coach Ivan Pravilov, charged in sex case | Puck Daddy

Stillman signs purchase agreement to buy Blues -
Renewed hope for a Blues franchise sale, but getting the deal closed is the big thing.

Why The All-Star Game, Captains Don't Matter - Puck Drunk Love
Shocking, someone doesn't like the All-Star Game. Personally, I dig it.

Brian Campbell’s homecoming in Chicago with Panthers: Triumphant or awkward? | Puck Daddy
The game to watch in the NHL has Chicago hosting Florida before the Blackhawks travel here for Saturday's contest.

The More You Know: The Detroit Red Wings make Ty Conklin take stats - Backhand Shelf
A major logical flaw here by Justin Bourne - how does he know that Conklin doesn't love doing this?

Blackhawks in the market for a defenseman and a veteran center - Chicago Sun-Times
Here's what Chicago is up to ahead of the Trade Deadline.