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Yesterday was an emotional "thank you and good bye" to a friend on here, and even though we'll be sharing beers quite often, Jon was pretty darn special around here. Thankfully, we have some friends. That's all we can say for now... until the SB Nation/Vox paperwork gets signed...

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Predators Weekly Player Grades - Blue Line Shines - TSS
The Berserker (Arvidsson) should get a bonus point for messing with Dalton Prout by his damn self.

Will the Predators be able to sign top prospect Jimmy Vesey? - CBSSports.com
If he's better than Kevin Hayes, who is a pretty good player... he's a guy you'd want on your team. He might not be as good as a Craig Smith... but he'd be cheaper and would allow for some roster flexibility. That alone makes this worth the chase. But like Kris said... have some dignity.

Predators mailbag: How should defense pairs look? | Tennessean
There's a fun question about Filip Forsberg reaching 50 goals. In this day and age... I doubt it. He's too good on defense to be deployed like a Stamkos or Ovechkin. It's not always fun being dependable.

Other NHL Stuff

Chris Neil and Dave Cameron weren’t on the same page after blowing three-goal lead | NBCSports
Not like Chris Neil is ever on someone else's page.

TSN Hockey's Top 10 Storylines of the Week - Article - TSN
Full marks to Scott Cullen for connecting the dots and not kissing up to Chicago, which the US media does far too much of.

Wisconsin to hire Tony Granato as next head coach: Report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
College hockey is slowly but surely picking up steam, thanks to increased cable distribution.

Report: Oilers' Nail Yakupov 'asked for a trade' - Sportsnet.ca
He's only human.

Thumbs up to the best possible matchups - Article - TSN
Dave kinda went all across the board here, so some are first rounds, some are second rounds. But hey, I would live with a St. Louis vs. Chicago first round just fine.

Heartland Of Hockey In Its Truest Form - St. Louis Game Time
Today's must read. Great stuff!

Claude Giroux 'fine' after hit in Arizona; no hearings to come to Martin Hanzal or Radko Gudas - Broad Street Hockey
I'm pretty sure he was unconscious on the ice for a couple seconds. Glad to know he's "fine", just as I'm sure Philly fans are "fine" with everything mentioned in that headline.

Coyotes say they will not trade Ekman-Larsson for Matthews - Sportsnet.ca
And that's smart, seeing how long it takes for a defenseman to mature in this league.

Not Hockey

Unsuspecting lacrosse player gets turned into a pancake by monster goalie - SBNation.com
OLD TIME LACROSSE HERE BOYS.

Pitt just hired a coach who intentionally screwed over one of Pitt's best players - SBNation.com
"It could get pretty awkward between the new Panthers coach and one of his senior leaders."