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There is no other Predators prospect that creates the energy that Kevin Fiala does. He's dangerous, crafty, a bit immature, and kinda nuts. If you're watching this sport for entertainment (WHICH YOU SHOULD BE), Kevin Fiala is pure entertainment. I want him on a line with James Neal and Mike Ribeiro just so they can create their own penalty rules.

Those days of Nashville being a team full of "try-hards" and journeymen are over. Embrace the evil. Fiala is back.

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Nashville Predators #FIALATIME News & Notes

The Top 10 Trades in Preds History - Nashville Predators - Blogs
How is #3 the third best? It could/should be THE best. And for all the flack David Poile takes, he's built a top line that's very good (and will get better over the next 2-3 years) all through trades.

Fiala and Bass Recalled by Nashville | Admirals Roundtable
And oh yeah Cody Bass is called up too. That's right.

Jack Dougherty fitting in well in Portland | CSN Northwest
Sunday was not a good day for Portland Winterhawks defenseman Jack Dougherty. Not only did he miss that night’s game to injury, but his day was off to a bad start even before that. (Spoiler: he's from Minnesota)

Predators place Cody Hodgson on waivers | Tennessean
We signed him to enhance our (offense) and it didn't happen," Poile said. "You look for other areas that maybe a player can help you — checking or penalty killing or some other area. Really, I think we were pretty honest with Cody and told him that he had to produce offensively, and he hasn't. This is the move."

David Poile on Cody Hodgson: 'We gave him a good opportunity' - Sportsnet.ca
So Poile has gone 1 for 5 on his $1 million deals. Better than 0 for 5.

Emergence of Ryan Ellis a key to the Predators’ Seth Jones trade | SI.com
This is a perfect analysis.

Other NHL Stuff

Bettman on the beard, the Canadian dollar, expansion plans - Article - TSN
Tell'em bout that beard, Gary.

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings in final stages of new eight-year, $80 million contract | NHL.com - News
Los Anzeles Kings.

Pierre LeBrun's Rumblings - Cross Checks Blog- ESPN
I'll be over here waiting for the first twitter person asking for Legwand to come back.

Kevin Connauton Could Be Savvy Waiver Pick-Up For Coyotes | Today's Slapshot
Say what you want about the Coyotes, but they always have a plan. And seeing how they'll be in the desert for a while... they could stand to update their furniture.

Zac Rinaldo wants Flyers fans to cheer for him, will be very disappointed tonight - Broad Street Hockey
Zac Rinaldo is back in town. He wants Flyers fans to cheer for him. Nah.

Kuzma: Dehydration in Florida cramped Ryan Miller’s style | TheProvince
Tough.

Report: Wild in on Drouin, Lightning want Dumba – ProHockeyTalk
AWESOME. Drouin could go to a place that will ruin him, and the Wild lose assets in the process. Win/win.

Torres back with Sharks; heads to AHL for conditioning | CSN Bay Area
Crud.

Not Hockey

INSIDE A PENN STATE COACHES MEETING - Every Day Should Be Saturday
AN EDSBS EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES.

The Dark Knight unmasked - SBNation.com
A good longform read. He's an interesting fellow. #KeepPounding

Giants are expected to promote OC Ben McAdoo to head coach, per reports - SBNation.com
His picture shows a man ready for a life in the Jersey Swamps.