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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Craig Smith to Play in Finland

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Nashville's rookie sensation from 2011-2012 becomes the fourth Predator to head overseas to keep his game sharp during NHL Lockout 2012, as he joins Finland's SM-liiga. With the NHL preparing to cancel regular season games this week, both sides look like they're settling in for a long fight.

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Nashville Predators News

Report: Craig Smith to Finland | Nashville Predators
The Honey Badger is off to play for KalPa, a team which features former NHL star Sami Kapenen.

Training Camp Preview: The Rookies - Milwaukee Admirals
Which one of the guys profiled here has the greatest upside? My money's on Mattias Ekholm.

Who were the best Russian players ever in the CHL? - Buzzing The Net
Two Nashville Predators draftees top the list here.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Breaking Down N.H.L.'s Three Lockouts - NYTimes.com
Here's a handy guide to how this CBA negotiation compares to 2004 and 1994.

With 'No Progress' in Talks, Regular-Season Games Are Next on Chopping Block - NYTimes.com
We're on a road to nowhere...

Bill Daly: Missing preseason cost NHL $100-million in revenue - The Globe and Mail
That's a little higher than I would have guessed, but not by much. Pre-season revenues counted towards HRR under the old CBA, so that's money that both sides have lost.

Picking Scabs: NHL May Have No Choice But to Bring in Replacements | PuckScene.com
I can't imagine it happening, but the talk of replacement players gives plenty of fodder for conversation.

NJ Senators to NHL: End the Lockout - NorthJersey.com
The two US Senators from New Jersey issued a strongly-worded letter to the NHL calling for an end to the lockout. Yeah, I doubt that'll get much attention.

Kevin Paul Dupont Demands Your Respect - Pension Plan Puppets
Episode #6,247 of "Old Timey Newspaper Hack Trashes Bloggers".