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Cal O'Reilly is taking his talents to Pittsburgh.
Cal O'Reilly is taking his talents to Pittsburgh.

Our afternoon hockey notes touch on former Nashville Predators either on the move between NHL teams, or perhaps getting ready to be moved.

While reading, listen in as's Pierre LeBrun (one of the few "insiders" you should pay attention to) joined the pre-game radio show yesterday to talk about not just the Ryan Suter situation, but the other challenges which David Poile is facing right now. Thanks to the gang at 102.5 The Game for sharing the audio with us here:

Pierre LeBrun on 1025 2012-01-31 (mp3)

And now, on to the notes...

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No matter what you're looking for this month, there are some great promo codes which have been released to help you save money at select hockey sites.

Nashville Predators News

Mayor Karl Dean looking to change the way Nashville Predators get state revenues | In Session
The City of Nashville wants to make sure that there's more transparency in how the incentive fees flow from the state level, back through the local Convention & Visitors Bureau and then to the Predators (or more properly, Powers Management).

Smashville 24/7: Trotz: ‘This group has that special feel to it’
It sounds like Coach Trotz has a case of the warm & fuzzies.

Paul McCann - Did That Really Happen? Randoms and tonight's SlapShot Radio
Paul sets up tonight's SlapShot Radio show, which features some nifty guests...

A Day in the Life of an Admiral (Chris Mueller, all-star edition) - JSOnline
Follow along as Chris Mueller goes from Milwaukee to Atlantic City, and beyond.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Nhl Players Poll - 02.06.12 - SI Vault
Despite all the furor in the media, only 9% of NHL players polled said the league isn't doing enough about hits to the head.

Pens Claim Cal O'Reilly off Re-entry Waivers - PensBurgh
Penguins GM Ray Shero found Cal O`Reilly in the NHL's 50% mark-down section. I wonder if he might click with Steve Sullivan again?

Agents of Change: Ritch Responds - Becoming an Agent
Thinking about becoming a sports agent? Ritch Winter outlines the process.

The Marek Zidlicky sweepstakes!? - The Globe and Mail
Eric Duhatschek assesses Zid's value on the trade market.

When in Doubt, Fire Them All? - Hockey Wilderness
Last night's Predators comeback has them thinking dark thoughts in Minnesota.

Brophy on Leafs: Grabovski, Bozak trade bait? -
Mike Brophy speculates on who the Maple Leafs might put on the market.

KHL’s Ilya Yezhov presents the season’s funkiest goalie victory dance (Video) | Puck Daddy
More video wackiness from the KHL.

John Tavares Dispels Any Notion That He Isn't Top 25 Under 25 - The Hockey Writers
The Islanders star is putting to the troll from

Red Light " Posts The Brooklyn Islanders? Not likely
Stu Hackel downplays the Brooklyn speculation.

Hradek: Gill, Ruutu among UFA's hitting trade market -
Do any of these 10 guys catch your eye?

The 5 NHL teams that make me want to flip channels - Backhand Shelf
The Preds may be winning, but outside observers often say they play an unlovely game.

Pass or Fail: The Mario Lemieux Hat Trick | Puck Daddy