Our morning hockey notes begin with another note regarding the World Championships, where NHL players who aren't completely gassed by the Stanley Cup playoffs head over for a last taste of competitive hockey before the off-season gets underway...
Nashville Predators News
Josi to join Swiss - IIHF.com
In addition to Craig Smith jumping on with Team USA, Roman Josi will play for Switzerland at the World Championships.
PuckCast: Episode 2 – Amanda DiPaolo and Robby Stanley | PuckScene.com
Patten and his guests perform a post mortem.
The View from 111: Were the Predators Built For the Playoffs?
Mark looks at who did (or did not) contribute on the scoreboard during this run.
Smashville 24/7 - ‘All in’ postseason has premature ending
The cost of all those rental players is going to be felt this summer.
Nashville Predators brass looks to keep nucleus together | The Tennessean
Who might David Poile be talking about here? "You look around at some of the players that maybe have unrestricted free agency. (There are) some players that may not want to come back, and we may not want them."
Nashville Predators' gains please Barry Trotz | The Tennessean
Considering how the season started, the Preds did come a long way.
Predators done in by failure to create any late-game drama | Nashville City Paper
Those late miracles against Anaheim and Vancouver weren't too be found this year. That's what makes them so remarkable when they do occur.
Predators are done until October, but lease talks aren’t | In Session
The major off-ice story involving the Preds will pick up again soon. The final sentence here holds the real news.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
New Jersey Devils Eliminate Philadelphia Flyers in Five Games with 3-1 Win - In Lou We Trust
The Devils are surprising even their own fans with how quickly they dispatched the Flyers.
16 reasons why the 2011-12 Philadelphia Flyers season was great - Broad Street Hockey
At least they've enjoyed the ride in Philly.
2012 NHL Playoffs: Brad 'Mr. Clutch' Richards Is Really Earning His Paycheck - Blueshirt Banter
They're pretty giddy over Big Bucks Brad in New York.
It Gets Better: Haviland Whacked - Second City Hockey
An assistant coach walks the plank in Chicago.
NHL Notes : Tom Benjamin's NHL Blog :: CanucksCorner.com
Tom takes on a number of issues around the NHL, including Poile's quandry.
New source of gaming revenue could fund Edmonton arena | Edmonton Journal
Can you imagine something like this in the States? The Titans would probably be able to have a new stadium built out of diamonds.
Vladimir Putin can play hockey. Seriously. | Puck Drunk Love
Your move, President Obama.
Phoenix Coyotes' impact isn't just on the ice in Glendale | Puck Drunk Love
The financial cost of keeping the Coyotes will be painful for Glendale, but losing them could be worse.
Nicklas Lidstrom’s Future Could Decide Where Ryan Suter Lands - The Hockey Writers
I wonder if Lidstrom will follow the Steve Yzerman model, accepting a lesser role with reduced salary in order to make one (or two) more runs at a Cup.
Helene St. James: How Nashville losing could help Red Wings get Ryan Suter | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
They're wringing their hands in Detroit.