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It's our last weekend without hockey until the summer. A hurricane is coming ashore. And no, it's not Eric Staal. *zing* So let's enjoy our Friday, re-read the season previews a bunch of times before justifying an early exit from work, and meet up with your friends. One more weekend. We got this.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Ranking the top five defenses in the NHL | USAToday
They watch the games AND read the charts? Awesome.

Predators want Wilson to produce for whole season | Tennessean.com
So say us all.

Carter Hutton Has a Clear Role With Predators - TSS
Carter's role: "Don't screw up"

Stress of Trade Gone, Neal Primed for Year Two - Nashville Predators - Features
Neal has been swinging weights and making dates all summer long.

Men's, Women's Hockey Crack Top 10 in Preseason Polls | Sports | The Harvard Crimson
Hi, Jimmy Vesey.

News Around the Kingdom of Hockey

Kings ‘really want to control’ Quick’s weight this season | ProHockeyTalk
MORE LIKE JONATHAN THICK.

Jacobs: Not sure if NHL has "will" to expand - Article - TSN
If you can't trust a guy who looks like the Massachusetts version of Mr. Burns, who can you trust?

Patrice Bergeron: Quebec City Excited About Possible NHL Expansion | NHL | NESN.com
Noted hockey expansionist Patrice Bergeron goes on the record.

Avalanche sends more than $3 million in salary to the minors - The Denver Post
All to make room for Curtis Glencross, Jack Skille, and Brandon Gormley.

Really.

Arizona Coyotes season preview: Tough times to continue in desert | FOX Sports
#LossesForAuston

5 NHL storylines to watch this season - NHL on CBC Sports
Stamkos is only #4? You're slacking, CBC.

Kuzma: Canucks see a lot of the right stuff in Jared McCann | The ProvinceI
It's Kuzma.

Victor Hedman of Tampa Bay Lightning is Norris Trophy pick - NHL.com - Trophy Tracker
Maybe a bit early. As we all know, the Norris Trophy takes years of dedication, dominance, and guilting the every loving stuffing out of the voters. But then again, Hedman does play in the east.

NHL odds: Sidney Crosby favored for Hart Trophy, McDavid for Calder - CBSSports.com
No huge surprises. It's Vegas.

Impact of Twitter, Facebook on NHL and its fans - NHL - SI.com
IT'S CHANGED EVERYTHING. INCLUDING HOCKEY. WHERE'S THE FREAKING DRAGON?!?

Why Ovechkin's Capitals Finally Have Their Chance — NHL — The Sports Quotient
The writer brings up a good point. If Oshie is deployed with Ovechkin, that's a lethal pair of shooters that can start on either side of the ice.

Zajac’s agent shoots down trade rumors | ProHockeyTalk
The Leafs have shown they're willing to pay those high priced contracts of ex-Devils.

Not Hockey

Permit filed to begin adding extra floors to Cummins Station | Nashville Post
If you're in the crane business, you gotta love Nashville.

Germantown's Barista Parlor Looking For an October Opening - Eater Nashville
That caffeine fix could be just around the corner.

T.W.I.S., where totally unhinged Texas fans overwhelm everyone else's anger - SBNation.com
Definitely not for a child's eyes.