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Tuesday's Dump & Chase: The Pieces Start Moving

In this abbreviated 48-game regular season, teams have little time to assess their chances of success and make corresponding adjustments via trade. Our around the league notes begin with a minor deal affecting one Western Conference rival, and include an assessment of how the Nashville Predators look now that one-sixth of the season is already complete...

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Nashville Predators News

Preds Report: One Sixth of a Season - The Game
Willy Daunic posits that all in all, things could have gone much worse during those first 8 games.

Sports Up Front | Shea Weber and Nick Spaling Go From Teammates to Roommates During the Lockout
I say, good on the captain for taking in a stray...

Venues and ticket resellers gear up for legislative slugfest | Nashville City Paper

Expect to hear much more about this in the weeks and months ahead, as a battle over the future of the ticket resale market takes place in the Tennessee legislature.

Nashville Predators' Pekka Rinne under pressure with shootouts | The Tennessean
If the Preds are intent on going to the shootout so often, at least they have the goalie for it.

Shea Weber, Sleeping Giant | Predlines
Is Mt. Weber due to erupt?

Smashville 24/7 - Klein an underrated part of Nashville’s defense
People rave (naturally) about talents like Shea Weber & Ryan Suter, but Kevin Klein is also a great example of Nashville's ability to draft & develop blueliners.

Smashville 24/7 - Top shootout moments in Preds history
I'll be honest, they all kind of run together for me.

Trotz shows patience with Kostitsyn and Smith, and it was the right call | The Predatorial
Can moments of success against San Jose spark these two under-performers?

Looking up at the Big Leagues | Admirals Roundtable
Trey looks at how some of the recently-promoted Admirals are doing, and wonders if anyone else might join them soon.

Keep your head warm this winter with a new Nashville Predators hat!

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Mike Rupp for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri: Upon Further Review - Hockey Wilderness
The Wild picked up some "grit" from the Rangers, in an exchange of depth players.

Recap: Sharks at Ducks, Yes We Did! (Beat The Sharks In Regulation) - Anaheim Calling
Anaheim beat the Sharks in regulation, thanks to goals by Saku Koivu and Studly Wonderbomb.

Minnesota Wild vs. Phoenix Coyotes Recap: .500 For Howling - Five For Howling
Phoenix took a 2-1 decision to lift their record to 4-4-2.

Tanev's First NHL Goal Lifts Canucks Over Oilers in Overtime 3-2 - Nucks Misconduct
Thanks to three wins in a row, the Canucks are back on top of the Northwest Division.

Jamie Benn Shines in Dallas Stars 3-2 Victory Over Colorado Avalanche - Defending Big D
See, it was worth signing him, Dallas.

Game 8 Recap: Hurricanes 4, Maple Leafs 1 - Canes Country
The Staal brothers alone outscored Toronto.

Michael Arace commentary: Davidson is finally at home in Columbus | BlueJackets Xtra
John Davidson is settling in for the long hard work of building a contender out of the Blue Jackets.

Lovers in a Dangerous Time | Hockey Independent
I clipped this one mostly to see if my wife is paying attention (she's a big Barenaked Ladies fan).

Wild holds player-only meeting after latest loss in Arizona |
There's discontent brewing in the State of Hockey, as the Wild can't figure out how to win on the road.

Thomas Vanek Is The Lone Bright Spot In Sabres Dismal Start, Enjoy It While It Lasts - Die By The Blade
Last place feels just a little bit better when you have a guy leading the league in scoring.

Phil Kessel's Scoring Drought: A Look At His Shot Choice and Shooting Percentage - Pension Plan Puppets
A very well-done deep dive into the goal-scoring struggles of Phil Kessel.

Down Goes Brown: Ways Phil Kessel is dealing with his nine-game scoring slump
"Waking up in a cold sweat from that recurring nightmare of Zdeno Chara following him everywhere; calmly reminding himself that it was only a dream; rolling over to find Zdeno Chara standing over his bed cracking his knuckles."

Simon Gagne dispels cancer talk - Mayor's Manor
Simon Gagne went through quite a health scare during the off-season.

Floated as possible successor to NBPA exec Hunter? Don Fehr -
Verrrrrrry interesting...

This Week in NHL Goalie Controversies - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Is there anything which can grip a fan base like a goalie controversy?

Note-worthy: tracking time-on-ice around the NHL | Backhand Shelf
Probably more than anything else, ice time is an indicator of the value coaches place in their players.

How Roberto Luongo inspired woman battling cancer to fight on | Puck Daddy

Sometimes fandom can be a powerfully positive thing.