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Town Hall strikes positive notes: Tuesday's notes

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Hal Gill was one of the more entertaining members of last night's player panel, openly admitting to being a "loudmouth" in the locker room.
Hal Gill was one of the more entertaining members of last night's player panel, openly admitting to being a "loudmouth" in the locker room.

Last night's Town Hall meeting provided another chance for the Nashville Predators to lay out their vision for the upcoming season, both in terms of the on-ice product and everything which surrounds it at Bridgestone Arena. Things sure have come a long way since 2007, when we didn't know whether the team would even stay here, haven't they?

For an organization whose vision is to become the top entertainment venue in the country, centered on a Stanley Cup-winning hockey team, the fact that they've been in the Top 8 on both of those counts (6th-busiest venue, final 8 in the playoffs) for two straight years certainly makes a strong argument that they're headed in the right direction.

Now if only we can make sure the 2012-2013 season starts on time, to keep things moving forward...

Best of Nashville 2012 - The Nashville Scene

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Nashville Predators News

The View from 111: Predators Skate of the Union
Mark shares the highlights from last night's event...

Smashville 24/7 - Fisher, others offer thoughts on CBA
... while Ryan sums up the commentary on the labor situation.

Kevin Klein loves Nashville; expects to discuss new contract soon - Nashville Predators Examiner
With one year left at $1.35 million, Kleiner's due for a raise.

Monday Night Forehand 08/20 by HasBeenSports | Blog Talk Radio
Congratulations to the crew here, who are joining 102.5 The Game as they add another local podcast to their lineup.

The Predators Defense gets an Extreme Makeover - The Hockey Writers
Much depends on how Roman Josi develops in Year Two.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL searches for standards on hooking, holding and interference penalties - The Globe and Mail
So this is why Barry Trotz couldn't attend last night's Town Hall. He's part of a workshop examining officiating standards.

8 Points To A Compromise: A New Model For The NHL's CBA -
Mike Chen attempts to find a solution which works for the owners and players.

When Gary Bettman promised lower tickets prices, and the lockout failed to deliver | Puck Daddy
A nice breakdown of a point which continues to get brought up from time to time.

NHL Stickhandles through a new media world - The Globe and Mail
The noise on Twitter serves to distract more than enlighten all too often. Seriously, why is anyone giving the Insiderr bozo any more ink? JUST STOP, PEOPLE.

1907 Stanley Cup Championship banner stolen in Kenora, Ont. - The Globe and Mail

No monetary damages for Ducks GM Bob Murray in chair-tossing trial, despite jurors’ desires | Puck Daddy
Anaheim GM ducks the damages, apparently due to a goof by the plaintiff's lawyers.

The Dallas Stars and the semi-shady dealings of auctioning off the role of "team doctor" | Backhand Shelf
Is it valid to worry about getting the absolute best care when a team's relationship with their medical provider involves advertising as well?

Scott Hartnell signs six-year contract extension with Flyers - Broad Street Hockey
Philadelphia inks another long-term contract, even while owner Ed Snider is part of the drive to enact strict limits on such things.

The importance of player unions | Backhand Shelf
Should junior players unionize? Now there's an interesting thought.