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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Craig Smith's Big Chance

I've long said the Nashville Predators need more offensive punch down the middle. Is Craig Smith the answer? At least it sounds like he's going to get a chance to prove himself there...

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Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators grooming Craig Smith at center | The Tennessean
I'm all in favor of leaving Craig Smith at center, even when Paul Gaustad returns to duty.

Nashville Predators find increased use for Rich Clune | The Tennessean
I'm not sold on Clune yet, but he does have courage.

Predators lead NHL with 10 overtimes in 20 games | The Tennessean
Are the Preds going to do what Florida did last season, ride a high number of overtime/shootout losses to success in the standings?

Road trip ends with 3-1 loss | Admirals Roundtable
It sounds like Magnus Hellberg didn't get much run support last night.

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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Dallas Stars Acquire Erik Cole from Montreal Canadiens for Michael Ryder, 3rd Round Pick [UPDATED] - Defending Big D
Maybe it was a lefty-righty thing?

Simon Gagne traded back to Flyers (!) - Broad Street Hockey
The longtime Flyer returns to Philadelphia, in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

Charlie Coyle Hit on Matt Stajan: Should He Be Suspended? - Hockey Wilderness
Stay tuned for righteous indignation from either Minnesota or Calgary depending on the NHL's ruling.

Selanne Still Turns Those Frowns Upside-Down |
A little Teemu love ahead of tonight's game.

NHL realignment proposal adds playoff wild cards, drops league to 4 divisions, source says - ESPN
10 Tons of Awesome!

An Educated Guess About Realingment And The Playoff Format |
A good discussion about the proposed playoff system here.

New NHL Draft Logo Emerges - Blog -
A tribute to New Jersey is the root of this summer's draft logo.

Many NHLers trying to shake off the Swiss effect - The Globe and Mail
No, this doesn't have to do with becoming enamored of Roman Josi's silky puckhandling.

Doug MacLean Shows His Hockey Expertise - The Copper & Blue
ROFL-tastic stuff from the former Columbus GM.

Rene Bourque isn't sick with the flu, he has a concussion - Eyes On The Prize
Distressing news out of Montreal.

Andy McDonald, Alex Steen Injury: Both Forwards Hurt In Practice Drill - St. Louis Game Time
Not a good day at all in St. Louis...

Ilya Bryzgalov turned Yoda to the Dark Side with new Flyers mask (PHOTO) | Puck Daddy
Nerd Alert!

"That’s a dangerous play by Nail Yakupov" — Hawks’ broadcaster Ed Olczyk sounds off | Edmonton Journal
That danged Russian needs to take his hits like a man!

Refs’ Perspective: Authority and the Ref: How to Dodge a Hail of Cookies | Backhand Shelf
Referees have been taking a lot of heat lately, so it's probably a good time to hear from their side of the game.

Should the NHL adopt bigger nets? - Eyes On The Prize
I'd rather see them take a serious, significant swipe at reducing the size of goalie equipment.