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Wednesday afternoon notes: Welcome Back, Alex

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The buzz is winding down just a little bit from this morning's frenzy of Radu-mania, between the press conference and the Preds' practice this morning, which featured Alexander Radulov skating with David Legwand and Patric Hornqvist as the team prepares for tomorrow's game at Pittsburgh. From the top of the organization all the way down, it sounds like the Predators are energized to have him back in the lineup.

Observers in Nashville and beyond, meanwhile, are considering the ramifications of this surprising development, and just what it portends for the team's Stanley Cup aspirations...

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Nashville Predators News

The View from 111: A Rad-ical Turn of Events for the Predators
Mark trusts in the Preds' leadership that bringing Rads back, even this late in the season, is the right move and won't disrupt team chemistry.

An Open Letter to Alexander Radulov | Predators AJenda
AJ welcomes home the wayward sniper.

Predators GM David Poile: Alex Radulov reunion ‘absolutely’ about enticing Suter, Weber to stay in Nashville | Puck Daddy
Can Rads help resolve the biggest personnel issue facing the team this summer?

Weber on board with Radulov arrival - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
The captain sounds 100% on-board with bringing Rads back.

Surviving the apocalpyse, the best unis in hockey, and more in this week's Bake Shop - Grantland
I wonder if Katie's going to receive an email explaining the concept of Predator Gold.

Preds On The Glass: Want a chance to be in a Predators' commercial?
Do you wanna be on TV?

Inside Smashville " The morning after: Debut edition — Predators fall 6-3 to Oilers
Congrats to Seth as he hops over to join Amanda at Inside Smashville.

Nashville Predators' Alexander Radulov: 'I'm ready to play' | The Tennessean
Josh Cooper sums up the press conference, in case you missed it.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Helmets, Game Speed And The Shifts That Dramatically Changed The NHL -
But who will mourn the loss of free-flowing hockey hair?

If you’re among the top NHLers in shots-per-game, you’re probably among the top NHLers period | Backhand Shelf
Sing it, Justin.

The Evgeni Nabokov-as-Islander Story: From Tolled to Indentured to Glad to Be Here - Lighthouse Hockey
it's bizarre to see Nabokov signing up for another year on Long Island after the way his early days went there.

Lidstrom hoping to return to Red Wings on Saturday -
Detroit will breathe a sigh of relief to see him back in action.

NHL Things I Think Heading Into The Home Stretch - St. Louis Game Time
In St. Louis, they're happy to see the Blues cruising toward the playoffs rather than being in the middle of a hectic chase.

Is it harder to score goals late in the NHL season? - Broad Street Hockey
Examining multi-year trends to see if guys squeeze their sticks to hard when the going gets tough.

Andrei Zubarev’s ‘Crazy FacePuck’ own-goal during KHL playoffs (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
The KHL is pretty much a blooper-reel factory.

Expected Goals: Building on Fenwick and Corsi - Arctic Ice Hockey
Brian explains how his statistical model for Expected Goals For & Against works.

Beyond ‘Fire Burke’: It’s on Brian Burke to silence Maple Leafs protests, critics | Puck Daddy
If the Leafs don't get off to a hot start in the fall, could Burke get the ax?