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I love boxing. And NBC's work with the NHL and the Premier League has me excited about what they can do for sweet science. NBC Sports was once the Outdoor Life Network, which was the only network who dared to buy the NHL deal after the lockout, and then it was Versus. Now, my TV sticks to NBC Sports for the most part unless Fox Sports has the game or the Grizzlies are playing someone worth watching. Why is this relevant? NBC sports is doing good things with hockey, good things with soccer, and hopefully the same with boxing. Hockey is not only on network TV, but being promoted like hell by one of the most powerful networks in media. This is good. And if they can resurrect boxing, they can do wonders with hockey.

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Nashville Predators News

Preds Want Ribeiro Back, No Question | Nashville Predators
Someone has to play between the wingers. And Ribeiro did everything that was asked of him this season.

2015 Offseason Critical Dates | Nashville Predators
Plan your lives accordingly.

Cody Franson and MIke Santorelli, What Next? - Predlines
They gone.

LATE ADDITION
The Promised Land eludes the Preds, but can hope for next season trump regrets over this one? | Nashville Scene
It's better than wandering around lost for a generation.

TAMPA BAY DOES THE THING

Tampa Bay eliminates Detroit with 2-0 win - SBNation.com
NOT ONLY DID THE BOLTS WIN THE GAME...

The End: Lightning 2 - Red Wings 0 - Winging It In Motown
...DETROIT LOST!

After the game, Mike Babcock was asked about his future.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Alex Ovechkin of Washington Capitals, Carey Price of Montreal Canadiens, John Tavares of New York Islanders voted Hart Trophy finalists - 2015 NHL Awards | NHL.com
Three very good choices. See poll below.

A hockey fan's farewell to Nassau Coliseum | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Stupid Brooklyn.

The New York Islanders-Washington Capitals first round playoff series recapped by cats - Lighthouse Hockey
The way to the heart of the internet- kitties.

Bryan Murray of Ottawa Senators plans on returning to general manager job next season | NHL.com - News
Very good to see this guy hanging around. He's rebuilt the Sens into an good team that's fun to watch.

‘Hawks likely to use Teravainen in Game 1 vs. Wild | ProHockeyTalk
At the expense of one of the key components in my drinking game/preview.

Flames fully involved in playoffs, cause for Ducks alarm despite numbers | The Orange County Register
There's a lot to take in on this piece. First, it's a beat writer talking to guys about Corsi. And the right side of the page has a poll that said "Do you look up to bloggers?". I clicked yes, on behalf of you.

Chiarelli enjoys McDavid-Nurse battle | TSN
Masochist.

From The Penalty Box Podcast w/ Greg Ratliff | WMFS ESPN 92.9fm
Greg does awesome work getting good guests on his show from across SBNation. Add this to your lists of hockey programming. And he's from Memphis. #GRIT #GRIND

The Top 10 Fights from NHL Playoffs | Hubub.com
I'm suddenly 13 again and watching ESPN2 on my 13'' tv upstairs.

Report: New NFL Stadium In Los Angeles Could Create Thousands Of Local Law Enforcement Jobs | The Onion
No wonder the Raiders are being courted.

AND FINALLY....

Have a great Thursday.