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For some reason, our afternoon hockey notes are loaded with goaltending stories. Whether you're looking for past (or future) Conn Smythe Trophy winners, a tantalizing tandem developing in Pittsburgh, or a high-paid keeper in need of a career rebound, these articles have you covered...

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Nashville Predators News

Nashville property tax hike supporters may get drowned out | The Tennessean
Preds chairman Tom Cigarran is ready to help support they mayor's proposed tax increase.

New York Rangers Rumors: Should The Rangers Go After Shea Weber? - Blueshirt Banter
Rangers fans debate the merits of making a run at The Captain.

2012 NHL Free Agency: Should The Dallas Stars Target Ryan Suter? - Defending Big D
How about Sutes in Dallas? Nah, I don't see that happening, but this article does propose an interesting cost-effective alternative.

Preds in review: Sergei Kostitsyn - Predators Insider
As long as big brother stays away, SK74 may well be worth keeping.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Conn Smythe Watch: Jonathan Quick has this thing locked up, right? | Puck Daddy
Yup, pretty much.

Down Goes Brown: A look back at the captains who have raised the Cup
"2001 - Joe Sakic takes the Cup and hands it directly to Ray Bourque, after realizing that going door-to-door and kicking every Boston Bruins fan in the groin individually would take too long."

Boston Bruins Fans, Media 'Unfriend' Tim Thomas - The Hockey Writers
Bob marvels at the outrage being hurled at Thomas these days.

John Tortorella talks about media ‘idiots’ and their ‘tweeters’ with Bob Costas (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
I love it when a coach speaks frankly like this.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Claude Giroux Predicts Ilya Bryzgalov will be the Best Goalie in the League Next Year
Somebody has wandered far away from Dry Island.

Driving Play: Tim Thomas - Boston Lead or Floor Team Gold?
For a team which needs to satisfy the ever-escalating salary floor, having a suspended goalie sitting on your roster at a $5 million hit could be a very good thing.

What Does Vokoun Trade Mean for Pittsburgh and Fleury? | The Hockey Writers
Considering that Marc-Andre Fleury was perhaps one of the most overrated goalies in the league this season, getting a vet like Vokoun for his backup could prove tremendously savvy.

Hurricanes Announce Changes to Hockey Operations Staff - Canes Country
Ron Francis continues his climb through the organization.

Did The Kids Make the Oilers Power Play Better? - The Copper & Blue
Herein lies a cautionary tale for Predators fans. That league-leading power play was 22nd in terms of shot generation this season, so where do you think they'll rank next season, barring major personnel changes?

And lastly... you've got to love Will Ferrell. This aired at Staples Center last night: