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Now that the 2012 NHL Draft is behind us, there are only a few more significant dates coming up on the hockey calendar before the summer kicks in. Tomorrow is the deadline for teams to file qualifying offers on their Restricted Free Agents, while here in Nashville the team's Development Camp kicks off on Tuesday. Just a few days later, the free agent market opens on July 1st, and that's when the really wild ride gets started!

For now, however, check out your morning hockey notes...

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Nashville Predators News

Predators Add 9 New Prospects In 2012 Draft |
Patten was a busy guy on the floor in Pittsburgh.

Then, listen as GM David Poile sums up the haul:

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Ryan eager for deal, preferably to Flyers | Courier-Post |
Bobby Ryan burns the bridges in Anaheim. He clearly wants a ticket out of town.

Is Newly Acquired Lubomir Visnovsky Going to Stay in Europe? |
This doesn't make sense, as he's under contract for the upcoming season and supposedly the KHL and NHL respect each other's rights now.

Blue Jackets Fire Four Scouts | BlueJackets Xtra
Does this timing seem weird to anyone else? Then again, it's Columbus.

James van Riemsdyk traded to Leafs for Luke Schenn (Yes, seriously) - Broad Street Hockey
Here's another deal which unites a pair of brothers. But will Don Cherry blow a gasket now that Brian Burke has added another American to the Leafs?

Matt Duchene signs two year extension - Mile High Hockey
Pretty reasonable...

Down Goes Brown: A look at the 2012 Hall of Fame candidates
"Eric Lindros - Hearing his name called by the Hockey Hall of Fame would no doubt rank as one of the greatest moments of his life, right up until his parents ruined it by forcing him to demand a trade to Cooperstown."

Are the Pens players for Zach Parise now? - PensBurgh
They've cleared out some major salary cap space, so look out.

Don’t count on there being an NHL season next year - The Globe and Mail
We've had fun with the NHL Awards and Draft, but now the inevitable CBA negotiations are set to begin.