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Thursday's Dump & Chase: Klein Shines

As much as I'd like to hang out with my kids and play Lego Lord of the Rings all day, it's back to the grind I go. Let's start your day with the story of Kevin Klein, Danish Superstar...

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Nashville Predators News

Danes treat Predators' Kevin Klein like a superstar | The Tennessean
In one night of Danish league action, Klein racked up almost as many penalty minutes (27) as in his last two full NHL seasons (28)!

Boclair: Forget the Mayans, real doomsday arrives in January | Nashville City Paper
So much for building off the momentum from last spring's playoff run, eh?

Nashville Predators draft pick develops his game by playing for Team USA | The Tennessean
So far, so good for Jimmy Vesey.

Nashville Predators sit calmly in lockout | The Greenville News
Josh Cooper looks at how some likely developments could impact the Preds as a franchise.

Ten ways the Nashville Predators can entice fans back after the lockout | The Predatorial
Kris offers his suggestions on how the Preds can win back the masses if & when hockey returns.

Checking in with Cincy and Looking at the Big Picture | Admirals Roundtable
Trey looks a step down the developmental ladder to see what's going on at the ECHL level.

PuckCast Episode 15: Nick Brunker |
...and Patten chats up Cincinatti's play-by-play man as well.

Smashville 24/7 - Top 10 Preds stories of 2012
'tis the season for year-in-review posts...

A Pekka Rinne KHL Video For Christmas - Predlines
How desperate are you for some Pekka Rinne footage?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

2013 IIHF World Junior Championship: USA vs. Germany Preview | The United States of Hockey
Team USA gets started today against Germany (8:00 a.m. Central on NHL Network), but it doesn't sound like Jimmy Vesey will be in the lineup.

Team USA WJC Preview: Five Biggest Questions for U.S. to Answer | The United States of Hockey
And here's a quick primer for you.

Nail Yakupov on Team Canada: "Those guys play dirty" | Edmonton Journal

Drop Dead Date |
Tyler floats the notion that this could drag out for another month or more.

Larry Brooks: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is missing the big picture in his willingness to throw away another season rather than give minor concessions to the league’s players -
Brooks can fire off an anti-Bettman screed as easily as falling out of bed, calling the commissioner to task for his third lengthy lockout.

Red Wings owe Detroit cable debt, records show | The Detroit News
This has the makings of a thorny situation, given the Red Wings' desire to build a new arena.

10 ways for NHL to recover from lockout - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun's way out there on a speculative limb with many of these ideas, but the NHL does need to be open to radical change.

Mortality Play | Backhand Shelf
If you need a little extra motivation to make that "get active" resolution (like I do), read this.