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Predators management meets the press: Thursday afternoon notes

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The Nashville Predators put a wrap on the 2011-2012 season as the team's leadership (CEO Jeff Cogen, General Manager David Poile and Head Coach Barry Trotz) held a press conference to sum up the highs and lows of the year gone by and address some of the issues facing the team this summer. Number One on that list is obviously the Ryan Suter situation, but it sounds like we won't hear anything there for a couple weeks, as Suter decides exactly what he wants to do.

Meanwhile, around the league we have a franchise sale finally going through...

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Nashville Predators News

As other teams thrive with new coaches, Predators stand pat | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair writes one of the oddest articles I've seen in a long time. Is he calling for a head coaching change here? If so, he should just come out and make that argument. Otherwise, he wasted a lot of time on something which he called "one of the least newsworthy moments" of the season-ending press conference.

For more from the press conference, head over to the Preds' multimedia page and use the "Channel" selector to pick "Press Conference", as there are several videos. Here, I'll share Coach Trotz and his opening statement:

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL says Blues status brighter with new ownership - The Globe and Mail
The deal is finally done...

How Will History Remember The Dave Checketts Era? - St. Louis Game Time
They're turning the page in St. Louis.

Alex Ovechkin matches Sakic with 30 goals in 50 games - The Globe and Mail
Ovi's getting it done for the Caps.

What Should We Expect from NHL Goaltenders? - Habs Eyes On The Prize
That .910 save percentage which looked so spiffy a few years ago sucks now.

The cold war between the NHL and NHLPA - Raw Charge
Enjoy the playoffs now, because the real battle looms this summer.

The great Dead Puck Era panic of 2012 | Puck Daddy
Are we headed back to the 90's?

Once upon a time, LA Gear, Wayne Gretzky, and street hockey kicked ass | Backhand Shelf
Well, at least this part of the 90's wasn't so bad.

Dear Patrick Kane, Please Stop Drinking Because You Suck At It - Second City Hockey
Patrick Kane's misadventures are getting tiresome.

The Philadelphia Flyers and the Eventual Melancholy of Consistency - The 700 Level
A Flyers blogger calls it quits, as the burnout from intensely following a team for years on end takes its toll. I've certainly been at that point myself a few times.