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Hockey's family loses two: Wednesday's notes

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While the NHL stands poised to potentially celebrate a new champion tonight, the hockey world is saddened over the sudden passing of two players, long before their time.

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Nashville Predators News

Should I Stay or Should I Go? RFA & UFA of the Nashville Predators | ladypreds
Bonus points for the player boxes included here, very well done!

A Nashville Predators Summary Sonnet: Alexander Radulov - Predlines
I guess Link is serious about that poet laureate stuff. Personally, I prefer limericks. "There once was a winger from Ufa..."

Coker lets his inner hockey fan out - Calgary Herald
The football player from Antioch is now with the Calgary Stampeders, but can talk hockey with the best of them up there.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Greatest Hockey Vladimir Krutov Passes Away
Sad news, as a member of the famed KLM line succumbed to injuries from a car accident.

The Malik Report : Oh my goodness…Former Wings prospect Bryan Rufenach passes away
Terrible news as the 23-year-old died in Switzerland.

On eve of potential Stanley Cup Final sweep, Kings donate $50,000 to help find killer of baby | Puck Daddy
A top o' the hat to the L.A. Kings for this.

Kings want to take `zero-zero’ approach " LA Kings Insider
Can the Kings maintain their focus, knowing that hockey's ultimate prize is so, so close?

Devils looking for an answer, hoping for a break to avoid sweep | Puck Daddy
Can they take the series back to New Jersey? Frankly, I doubt it.

Profiles in Coaching: Michel Therrien | Edmonton Journal
A thorough overview of the career which has led Therrien back to Montreal.

NHL Expansion Celebrates 45th Anniversary | The Hockey Writers
...and the end of the "Original Six" era.

Why I Haven't Learned To Love The L.A. Kings - Second City Hockey
The Kings will be popular champions, but not universally so.

The Art and Science of Hockey Ice | Playbook |
Read up on the craft which is so essential to the game.

Toronto Maple Leafs want to trade up for Nail Yakupov or Alex Galchenyuk — says Igor Larionov - Buzzing The Net
Might Brian Burke pull off another huge top-of-the-draft deal, like he did with the Sedins so many years ago?

TRANSCRIPT: Bob McKenzie Addresses The Brian Burke Rumours - Pension Plan Puppets
Uncle Bob plays fireman.

And lastly, continuing our series of videos introducing the lesser-known players in the Stanley Cup Final, here's Dominik from Lighthouse Hockey talking about a familiar character to Preds fans...