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Mar 4, 2012; Nashville,TN, USA; A general view as fans arrive for the finals of the 2012 SEC Tournament between the Tennessee Volunteers and LSU Tigers at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 4, 2012; Nashville,TN, USA; A general view as fans arrive for the finals of the 2012 SEC Tournament between the Tennessee Volunteers and LSU Tigers at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

How about something a little different today? Sure, there are many Alexander Radulov-related items in this morning's hockey notes, but an even larger story is playing out at today's Metro Sports Authority meeting, as the Predators and the City of Nashville approach a deadline to renegotiate the financial arrangement surrounding the team's operation of Bridgestone Arena.

Follow after the jump for all the scoop...

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Nashville Predators News

Time running out, Metro and Powers Management look to strike arena deal | Nashville City Paper
J.R. breaks down the current status on negotiations between the Preds and the city regarding the Bridgestone Arena lease.

Arena officials claim $410M impact |
Meanwhile, an economic impact study commissioned by the Preds argues that the city has gotten more than its money's worth by supporting the team.

Next, let's get rolling with lots of audio, courtesy of 102.5 The Game:

David Poile on 1025 2012-03-21

Ryan Suter on 1025 2012-03-21

David Legwand on 1025 2012-03-21

A special night for a special local youth hockey player - Nashville Predators Examiner
A wonderful story here about a unique young hockey player who was recently honored as the Blueliner of the Game.

Bury those hard feelings: With Rads aboard, the Stanley Cup isn't a Preds pipe dream | Sports | Nashville Scene
Bravo to J.R. for catching up with the #47 TRAITOR guy here.

What Radulov's Departure Means for the K.H.L. -
For the KHL, the stakes involved with a potential Radulov return are pretty huge.

The Radulov Journal: "K, so now what happens?" - Predlines
Dan wraps up here with two big questions, one for the short-term, and one for the long view.

Preds On The Glass: Smashville on the Glass - Radulov Returns Edition (Podcast)
Ryan & Buddy shared their thoughts on yesterday's festivities via podcast.

Paul McCann - Game NIght in Steeltown
Paul shares the podcast of last night's SlapShot Radio program along with setting up tonight's big game.

Radulov ponderings - Predators Insider
That first paragraph is a doozy.

20 Questions with Jeremy Smith - JSOnline
He will, he will, rock you.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Fleury, Rinne and the Race to 40 - PensBurgh
Assuming it's Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Pekka Rinne tonight, the winner will be the first goalie to reach 40 wins on the season.

Is Duncan Keith’s elbow to the head of Daniel Sedin worthy of a Shanaban? (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Wow, that was pretty blatant.

Puck Daddy’s Guide to the 2012 NCAA Hockey Tournament: Can anyone stop Boston College? | Puck Daddy
Hail to the victors valiant...

Is Sam Gagner The Expendable Man For The Edmonton Oilers? | Edmonton Journal
If the Preds were looking for a 3rd center with a bit more offensive pop this summer, Gagner might fit the bill.

Can Ty Conklin Reclaim The Backup Job In Detroit? | The Hockey Writers
Can the journeyman netminder earn himself a playoff job?

Brodeur is a Fraud: Ilya Bryzgalov and Regression
Here's a bell-ringer: "Some have criticized stats guys' seemingly relentless focus on regression as removing the human variable and treating players like robots, but I think it is actually a natural consequence of human behaviour. When competition is involved, everyone copies everyone else and unsustainable advantages get erased fairly quickly. "

NHLPA files grievance over broken camera - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Ben Eager whacked a camera in the penalty box, and saw his pay docked $13,000. Included here is video of the last few seconds of that camera's existence.

Steven Stamkos, Brian Campbell latest NHLers to join You Can Play campaign (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
The You Can Play roster adds two big names. Still no Preds, though.

Kontinental Hockey League - Official Website - Work for KHL TV!
Do you know hockey? Can you speak English? Then head over here and take a look...

Corsi and Zone Start Adjusted Corsi, By Line - The Copper & Blue
Here's an interesting approach to looking at Corsi.

Are the Colorado Avalanche Getting Jobbed by the Referees? - Mile High Hockey
If you're going to complain about the zebras, it's at least helpful to do some research, as David does here.

Gritty Ducks Get The Win Over Blues - St. Louis Game Time
With a comfortable lead in the West, St. Louis fans can shake this one off.

Ok, That's Enough: Canucks 1 - Hawks 2 (OT) - Second City Hockey
The Blackhawks have 92 points just like Nashville, but have two fewer games remaining.

Rangers Vs. Red Wings: Ryan Callahan Wins It In Overtime As Rangers Beat Wings 2-1 - Blueshirt Banter
Detroit earned the Loser Point to move back into 4th place in the West.

Winning Streak Snapped as Hurricanes Blow Past Panthers 3-1 - Litter Box Cats
The Panthers still have a 5-point lead over Washington with 9 games left.

Canadiens vs. Sabres Recap: Miller and Hodgson Lead Sabres To Victory - Die By The Blade
Look out, world, the Buffalo Sabres are coming on strong.