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It’s all crickets in the hockey world lately. Never fear though, I won’t let you go without news.

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Nashville Predators News:

Come on Preds, I was hoping for at least the results of the fishing contest. Other than a tweet of Austin Watson's fish, it was a very quiet day in Smashville.

Central Division News:

Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Chris Calnan To Be Free Agent | Blackhawk Up
“A Chicago Blackhawks 2012 draftee, forward Chris Calnan, has opted for free agency." Apparently Chicago and Colorado are going to get "Veseyed" this summer. Chicago is only offering Calnan an AHL contract. Blackhawk fans may be better off losing a guy who "admires" Jimmy Vesey.

Report: Adam Foote is Leaving the Avalanche Organization | Mile High Hockey
"The Avs legend is leaving the organization." I somehow think he will not be the last. Top defensive player development coach leaves when top two draft picks are defense prospects.

Jets past due extending Maurice's contract; maybe that's OK | Winnipeg Free Press
Apparently his contract extension (or its announcement) is taking longer than the forecasted 10 minutes. I found the reflection on how to motivate a coach and the impact of no extension on the team to be interesting.

St. Louis Blues: City Continues To Embarrass Itself With Arena Lawsuit | Bleedin' Blue
"The St. Louis Blues have already begun renovations on the Scottrade Center. The future of those renovations is in doubt with a lawsuit being filed." In case we needed a reminder of how fortunate we are in Nashville.

Other Hockey News:

Former Senators GM Murray dies at 74 | NHL.com
“Former NHL coach and general manager Bryan Murray, who spent time with five different teams in his career, died of colon cancer on Saturday. He was 74." Gone too soon.

Inside look at Edmonton Oilers | NHL.com
"NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the Edmonton Oilers." I'm so sick of playing Anaheim in the playoffs that I'm rooting for these guys this year.

Red Wings denounce use of logo at white nationalist rally | News & Observer
"NHL's Red Wings mull legal action to stop white nationalists from using team logo at Virginia rally." A group from Michigan called The Right Wings is displaying the Detroit Red Wings logo at the Charlottesville rally. Go get 'em Red Wings!

Karlsson's wedding involves less pizza than his proposal | NHL.com
Erik Karlsson and Melinda Currey were married this past weekend in a lovely ceremony that didn't feature nearly as much pizza as expected." Single hockey players are dropping like flies this summer.

Raanta's new mask features cartoon dog driving a train | NHL.com
"It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a dog driving a train? Arizona Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta unveiled his new goalie mask Thursday, and it features a cartoon dog driving a fast-moving locomotive along with saguaro cactus to give it a true desert theme.The featured dog is Rantanplan, a character from the Belgian cartoon."

Hockey player uses stick to ‘shoot’ White Sox’s ceremonial first pitch | SBNation.com
He shoots a strike. Okay that sentence was weird, but the video is fun.

And to make you smile, this guy can really hit a baseball!