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Hope rises again in the desert: Wednesday's notes

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I want to start off by thanking everyone who showed up at last night's OTF Meetup, it was a great chance to put some faces with some screen names and talk pucks here in the days when training camp, even if it starts on time, is still a ways down the road.

Thanks also go out to Sam's Sports Grill, Harlow Salon, Sport Seasons and the Nashville Predators for their contributions to make everything come together. Stay tuned for viewing party dates during the season, once it gets underway!

And now, on to your morning hockey notes, which include hopeful news for Phoenix Coyotes fans, Roberto Luongo openly calling for a trade to Florida, and of course, more updates on the lack of CBA negotiations.

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators wary of potential NHL lockout | The Tennessean
Many of the guys are back in town getting ready, in the hopes that training camp starts on time.

Smashville 24/7 - Smashville On The Glass podcast – Lockout looming?
Good insight here from Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press on how the CBA negotiations aren't progressing. Presents 4 on 4 - Week 6 - Los Angeles Kings
Are the Preds' jerseys the best or worst in the NHL? Opinions span the entire range here.

Who Gets Suter’s Assistant Captaincy? | The Predatorial
This is a question which drew lots of attention a month or two ago, but hey, we've got time to fill.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Source says Phoenix Coyotes suitor Greg Jamison secures financing - ESPN
This was a hot topic of conversation at last night's meetup, and it sounds like this tortuous road to new ownership is taking another turn in the right direction.

Landeskog named youngest captain in NHL history - The Globe and Mail
In related news, the Nashville Predators have stripped Shea Weber of his "C" in favor of this guy.

Disgruntled Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo wants to return to Panthers -
This is more than a little weird. Roberto Luongo is not only openly talking about getting traded to Florida, he's practicing at their facility.

Quebec City Ready to Start Digging for New Arena | The Hockey Writers
Who knows, maybe they'll be done building in time for the season to start.

Grand finales: Top farewell seasons by NHL players -
What, no

KHL to provide home for NHLers for duration of potential lockout | Puck Daddy
What a country!

KHL president says Dynamo has a ‘moral right’ to Alex Ovechkin | Puck Daddy
Hmm... I wonder if such a notion would ever play out over here?

MacLean: No NHL lockout in 2012 -
Hockey Night in Canada's Ron MacLean sees hope for a solution.

Setting the Record Straight: CBA Myths vs. Facts - NHLPA
The players' association rolls out their talking points here.

Patrick Eaves Injury Update: Still Struggling With Headaches - Octopus Thrower
Bad news for Eaves, as he still isn't 100% after taking a Roman Josi shot off his jaw last season.

This Is 'One of the Best Table Tennis Shots Ever' | Playbook |
Holy crap, I think we could watch plenty of this in the event of an NHL lockout.

Top 10 Incoming Freshman Classes in College Hockey for 2012 | The Hockey Guys
So, how about that college game, eh?

CBA talk: Moving the start of free agency - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
A fine idea here....