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In my IT career, I was a Six Sigma Greenbelt, certified in Lean Office and Lean Manufacturing and in charge of automating countless business processes. I sat through day one of jury service yesterday. Hold me.

Nashville Predators v Winnipeg Jets - Game Six Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images

Smashville News:

Predators Sign Juuse Saros To Three-Year, $4.5 Million Contract | On the Forecheck
The Juice is loose! Alex takes a look at what this means to the Nashville Predators goaltending in the future.

Hartman handed prove-it contract by Predators | Yahoo.com
I'm sure we were all expecting more term and dollars, however apparently the two sides couldn't come to an agreement. As Ryan Hartman isn't arbitration eligible and seems to want to stay with the team, he accepted the qualifying offer and bet on himself to win.

The pups are apparently being cared for by someone who doesn’t post to their account. Meanwhile I loved this post by Ryan Johansen as he and Madison left for Europe (Paris, Amesterdam and Berlin so far).

Europe bound for arvys wedding!! RV RV RV RV RV RV

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Central Division News:

Marian Hossa trade brings Blackhawks cap flexibility, but no perfect options | Sporting News
I feel the Chicago Blackhawks' roster is like a game of musical chairs in which a great many of the kids have a seat before the music starts.

Vladislav Kamenev speaks about preparing for the upcoming season with the Colorado Avalanche | Mile High Hockey
So, this might have been a much better move for both player and Predators than we originally thought. Sounds like Vladislav Kamenev didn't care for the Nashville Predators system of play and was determined to play his style.

St. Louis Blues Must Be Careful Not To Exclude Average Fans | Bleedin' Blue
There is much here that resonates with me, especially after the Stanley Cup run. I too cannot fathom people (or companies) who spend hundreds of dollars on tickets and then don't watch the game. And this year's playoff run felt like too much playing to America - trying to make everything that happened organically last year into instant traditions or trying to do it bigger and better. Much of this was translated into higher ticket prices which are leaving many long time fans behind. I'm sure it's just me feeling this way...not.

Other Hockey News:

Isles’ Lou Lamoriello has always adapted to changing NHL | Newsday
Let's hope for the New York Islander fan base's sake that Lou Lamoriello is as flexible as advertised. He's going to need to be.

History shows Rangers may have wrong man to fill enforcer role | New York Post
I’m sorry....I just had to. It looks like New York is already firing up the torchforks for Cody McCleod.

From loss to hockey: 11 Day Power Play raises nearly $2.5 million | The Buffalo News
This effort gets better and better. Looks like they've opened it up for many more people to play.

Pavelski finishes third at Celebrity Golf Championship | NHL.com
Did you see the eagle putt Joe Pavelski missed that would have forced the playoff? Oh my heart! Did you see all of the views of Lake Tahoe? Oh my heart! Our vacation spot two out of every three years showed well this weekend. Not much except outdoor pursuits and gambling, but it soothes my soul. (I also admired the poise of the guys who jumped in the lake when they lost the bet - that's 100% snow melt.)

New York Islanders Fan Writes A Letter Back to John Tavares | Eyes On Isles
I know this is getting to be old news, but I love this letter. It sums up both what I felt at John Tavares actions and my reactions to his letter. No - I am in no way an Islander fan, but I will occasionally boo Suter (mostly I skip those games).

Stuff's immensely helpful and informative bluffer's guide to NZ ice hockey series | Stuff.co.nz
Hahahahaha. Those crazy Kiwis! Thrill seekers - hahahaha!