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Yes, the owners' latest proposal for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement was hardly much of a step towards compromise, but at least now the two sides are engaging in the back-and-forth which can, eventually, lead to a deal being struck. So that's something to look forward to!

Our morning updates include breakdowns of the current offer, along with a look at Craig Smith heading into Year 2 of his career, a podcast to whet your hockey appetite, and as always, a whole lot more...

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Nashville Predators News

Craig Smith feels better prepared heading into second NHL season - Nashville Predators Examiner
The Preds have quite the quartet of sophomores between Smith, Gabriel Bourque, Ryan Ellis and Roman Josi.

Carrie Underwood Encourages Mike Fisher’s Hockey Fights - Taste of Country
Mrs. Mike Fisher doesn't mind the fisticuffs (found via that country music haven, Puck Daddy).

PuckCast: Episode 5 – The PuckCast Rises | PuckScene.com
Patten welcomes in Justin from Penalty Box Radio, which recently joined the lineup at 102.5 The Game.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Owners attempt to redefine hockey-related revenue, break down NHLPA ‘entitlement’ | Puck Daddy
It's getting ugly, folks. But hey, at least they're still talking.

NHL's latest CBA offer a non-starter for NHLPA - Allan Muir - SI.com
That whole "50/50" thing Bettman touted doesn't mean so much if they change the definition of Hockey Related Revenue.

Evgeni Malkin to play in KHL during NHL lockout: Could Sidney Crosby join him? - PensBurgh
Ages ago, Malkin skipped out on Mettalurg Magnitogorsk much like Alexander Radulov ditched the Preds, only in reverse. Now, he's ready to rejoin them in the event of a lockout. This is how the players should approach the possibility of a lockout, by being prepared to go elsewhere.

Parise: Bettman 'adamant' about third lockout - sportsnet.ca
With a fresh $98 million contract in hand, he can't be crazy about the prospect of a rollback.

NHL wants to drop salary cap without a player wage rollback? What the what? | Puck Daddy
I can't imagine this idea will gain any traction with the players.

Must-see: Ruslan Salei’s life celebrated in sand animation as Lokomotiv anniversary nears (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Amazing stuff here. And yes, I voted for the sand artist for the final 3 in America's Got Talent.

College Hockey, Inc., Gets New Boss at Crucial Time | The United States of Hockey
It's been quite a while since Paul Kelly left the scene.

Phoenix Coyotes deal with Glendale in flux - AZCentral.com
Yet another twist along this long, long road.

When it comes to making predictions on Edmonton Oilers point totals, the math guy nailed it yet again | Edmonton Journal
An impressive win here for one of the guys behind Hockey Prospectus.

Fantasy Hockey: Breaking down the top NHL wingers | Puck Daddy
Martin Erat plays the role of dependable 45-60 point guy, but will Colin Wilson ascend the ranks? Personally, I think Craig Smith has a higher upside here, but I want to see both of them succeed.

Kyle Turris Signs 5-Year, $17.5 Million Contract Extension With Senators - Silver Seven
Ottawa commits long-term to the winger who had requested a trade out of Phoenix.

As Rene Bourque would attest, "ripped abs" are not always a good thing | Backhand Shelf
Yuck... abdominal surgery will keep Bourque on the shelf for 8-12 weeks.

Easy to root for downtrodden Blue Jackets - The Hockey News
It's time to start all over in Columbus, so you can't help but pull for them a little bit.