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Friday afternoon notes: Busy Bridgestone

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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 09:  Fans gather outside the Bridgestone Arena before the game between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators on October 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 09: Fans gather outside the Bridgestone Arena before the game between the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators on October 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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Given the upcoming negotiations between the Predators and the City of Nashville over the lease at Bridgestone Arena, the big news of the day comes from the latest Pollstar rankings, which place the Bridge 6th in US concert attendance for the second straight year. That isn't half-bad for what's listed as the 38th-largest metropolitan area in the country! We're coming after you, Providence...

Of course, there's the usual boatload of hockey news to follow - there are trade speculation articles, mid-season reviews, criticism of under-performing players, and a whole lot more!

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Nashville Predators News

Bridgestone Arena Ranks 6th In U.S. Concert Attendance - Nashville Predators
Chalk up another banner year for Bridgestone Arena.

Smashville 24/7: Smashville On The Glass - Mid-season Review
Ryan & Buddy welcome in Jeremy & Robby to look back at the season so far.

Canes Country Radio 1/6/12 - Guests: Jeremy K. Gover and Dave Droschak
Jeremy also guests on this Carolina Hurricanes podcast, setting up tomorrow's game.

Slumping Giants: The Big Money of the Nashville Predators | The Predatorial
Jeremy calls out some of the high-paid Preds who aren't getting it done lately.

The Hippodrome: The Winners & Losers In The Sports Talk Shakeout | Pith in the Wind
J.R.'s weekly spin around Nashville takes us up and down the radio dial.

GameTime Jersey: 2011 Nashville Predators "
Here's an Edmonton blogger who can't stand the Preds, but digs the new uniforms.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Hall of Fame goaltender Ken Dryden on the legacy of hockey's fighting spirit - Grantland
Eloquent words from Dryden on the difference between "fight" and "fighting".

Capitals, Kings among the big stories so far - The Globe and Mail
Eric Duhatschek sums up the first half of the NHL season as only he can.

The Peerless Prognosticator: Fighting...Does It Matter?
There's a particularly awful bit of analysis out there which links hockey fights to "momentum", and it's getting a ton of press these days. Peerless takes it to task here.

Canes Now - Jokinen eager to wing it again | blogs
As Carolina comes to town for tomorrow's game, Jussi Jokinen is glad to be back on the wing.

Armchair GM: Jen's Fire Sale Core Player Trades - Anaheim Calling
Jen gets a little silly with how the Ducks might go about restructuring their lineup.

Getzlaf, Ryan want to stay - The Orange County Register
Should we read anything into the fact that Corey Perry isn't included in this article?

A 9-0 Loss: That Which Is Simply Impossible To Ignore - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Was last night the straw which breaks the proverbial camel's back in Calgary? Will the Flames finally launch into a rebuild?

Who is actually the best shot-blocker in the NHL? - Backhand Shelf
Predictably, ex-Predator Greg Zanon places highly here.

It's Time for the Sellers to Sell - Puck Drunk Love
Actually, they'll generally let the bidding process play out for quite a while, we're still several weeks away from the NHL Trade Deadline on February 27.

Trade rumblings: Leafs, Bolts, Ducks in mix - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Here's a look at what a few teams may be looking for.

Lightning trades Blair Jones to Flames for defenseman - Lightning Strikes | Tampa Bay Times

A Sobering & Inspirational Moment For Hockey Fans -
Take a moment and check this out, it'll tug at your heartstrings.

Joffrey Lupul – the Leafs newest Superstar finally reaching his potential - The Hockey Writers
After teasing for the last few years, Joffrey Lupul stands 6th in NHL scoring right now, one of the pleasant surprises of the Maple Leafs' season.

Pucks to the face and head appear to be on the rise with zero chance of a decline - Backhand Shelf
Just in case you were wondering how much a slapshot to the face sucks.

The Sidney Crosby concussion vs. the economics of the NHL | Puck Daddy
In today's concussion-aware NHL, can teams afford to lock up stars for 10+ years, and risk losing them to injury for extended periods?

Video: Czech teams’ imaginative solution for broken glass problem | Puck Daddy
Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

Flyers, Rangers fan fight: Edward Neary didn't do it, Philadelphia Police still searching for three idiots - Broad Street Hockey
This doesn't look good for anybody.

Steve Who? |
Are the Oilers heading towards another lottery pick, and should that cost Steve Tambellini his job?

Numbers show just how great Bruins have been -
1st in Goals For & Goals Against... that ain't bad at all.