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Friday's Dump & Chase: Is the NHL Really Missed?

The NFL is underway, baseball's playoffs are providing nightly drama, and the political campaigns are building to a climactic finish. With all this going on, do general sports fans even miss the NHL right now? Heck, the NFL's lockout of its referees was perhaps the top news story in the country, but hockey isn't even on the radar.

You can't help but wonder if both the players and owners are doing long-term damage to the league as the Lockout continues to drag on...

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Nashville Predators News

Predators ply trade in European leagues during lockout | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair checks in on how the Preds are performing overseas, although he overlooks Sergei Kostitsyn (who scored an OT winner for Avangard the other day).

Meet your 2012-13 Ads Captain and Alternates | Admirals Roundtable
They've handed out the leadership letters in Milwaukee, so go check them out.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL and players’ association talk again, but avoid core economic issues - The Globe and Mail

Not Deja Vu All Over Again - The Spin
At least in 2004, fans understood that there was something fundamentally wrong with the structure of the league, which required fixing. By comparison, this lockout seems senseless.

NHL, players should consider new ideas | Hockey | CBC Sports
Just when you thought you've seen it all... some truly fresh ideas are floated.

So it’s come to this: Tickets scalped for Bieksa’s charity game - The Globe and Mail
Up in Vancouver, they're about ready to climb the walls.

Hockey Players with Pets is a great website because both hockey players and pets are cool | Backhand Shelf
Yup, we're pretty desperate for entertainment.

The Chiefs Get a New Mascot. " Wrap Around Curl
And now for something completely different.

The downtown Edmonton arena deal is about to fail …. and only Daryl Katz can save it | Edmonton Journal
Will the Oilers owner blow it?

Quebec City Unveils Images of New Arena; Could NHL Follow? : The Hockey Writers
I have to say I get nostalgic about the thought of Les Nordiques hitting NHL ice again at some point.

The value of a good starting goalie: a market calculation |
The goalie market is changing on both the supply and demand ends, writes Eric.

Blogs With Balls Day 2 Recap: Specific sports, issues and initiatives - Awful Announcing
A detailed look back at last weekend's big conference.

Wild's Leipold to entrepreneurs: Pursue 'bodacious ideas' - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal
Craig Leipold includes a backhanded swipe at Nashville as a hockey market in this interview, but I think it's pretty obvious that the current ownership group is running the business of the team much more effectively than Leipold ever did. (found via Puck Daddy)