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I'm still not excited about the World Cup of Hockey. The North American team is cool, sure, but I'd rather see them playing their countries. Same with Europe. Slovakia has a proud hockey history, and Switzerland is growing the game within their own borders.

Then I remind myself that this is the first year. Get it off the ground, ESPN & NHL, then work on tinkering it. A legit World Cup would be nice someday.

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Nashville Predators News & Notes

Faith, Tenacity Have Guided Fisher to 1,000 NHL Games - Nashville Predators - Features
A good player and a better human.

Mike Fisher grateful for Predators, 1,000th NHL game | Tennessean
And even though he's only played a third of his career in Nashville, it's hard to imagine Nashville without him. Congrats Mike.

Weber picks his spot for his heavy shot | Nashville Post
Shea is on pace to get near his career highs, and doing this while not being asked to carry the entire team on his back.

Other NHL News

How each NHL contender stacks up after the trade deadline and beyond - SBNation.com
They mention the Penguins but not the Preds? Keep sleeping.

Team North America shaping up as 'must see' World Cup team - Sportsnet.ca
Watch this Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scenario going forward.

Perry, Subban not selected for Team Canada - Article - TSN
Subban? I get. I don't agree with it, but I get it. But Perry? I don't get it.

NHL - World Cup of Hockey roster surprises | ESPN
Jagr asked not to be named. What's the excuse with Kessel?

Asking eight World Cup questions - Article - TSN
I have to keep reminding myself that this is the first one of these, and this is the building process.

Roberto Luongo reacts to being left off Team Canada roster - Sportsnet.ca
For the first time in a long time, Canada has some very good goaltending depth.

Several Panthers selected for World Cup 2016 - Sun Sentinel
Jussi Jokinen picked for Finland. Say what you want, but Finland builds a well-rounded team that plays like an NHL squad with loads of chemistry. If you would like an NBA reference: Suomi is like the San Antonio Spurs of the international hockey world.

Scott Gomez Signs With Senators for Spring - TSS
Not everyone can be Jagr.

Has Brayden Schenn really turned this corner this time? - Broad Street Hockey
He was the key cog (along with Wayne Simmonds) in the trade for Mike Richards. Remember that?

VIDEO: Capitals honor Brooks Laich with video tribute | theScore.com
I'm glad to see teams do this more often.

Laich has 'empty feeling' about not winning Cup with Caps | USAToday
He's only 32. Still some time left for Brooks Laich to change a tire on the way home from winning the conference finals at some point.

Dallas Stars: Heika: The Stars' dilemma; what happens when your best players aren't playing that way | SportsDay
"The Stars have allowed three goals or more in each of their past seven games while going 1-5-1, and both Lehtonen and Niemi have looked bad in the process. Niemi was cruising with a 2.25 GAA and .919 save percentage on Jan. 1, but has been one of the worst goalies in the NHL since. His 6-6-3 record is fine, but his 3.52 GAA and .874 save percentage are alarming."

Yes, that's "alarming".

What's Next For Jonathan Drouin? - Todays SlapShot
Nothing on Channelside Drive, apparently. And that's a shame, because I really liked Hablo Taco.

Not Hockey

Orleans Avenue Restaurant Opening March 18 in Marathon Village - Eater Nashville
That Esplanade.... yeah.

It’s 2016 and Vince Carter is still throwing down highlight-reel dunks - SBNation.com
Since he's no longer Air Canada, what do we call him now? FedExGround?

Jürgen Klopp Was Highly Amused By Bayern Munich's Loss | Deadspin
Clone this man. Please.