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Two Comparable Teams

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Cinderella, meet Cinderella.

There’s no indication officials will begin tonight’s game between the Predators and Phoenix Coyotes with that kind of introduction, but considering the circumstances it might be appropriate.

Heading into the season, it would have been hard to find a neutral hockey observer who saw much potential in either team.

Nashville was coming off a 10th-place finish in the Western Conference and made little noise during the offseason. Phoenix was coming off a 13th-place finish and was trying to recover from a disastrous offseason that began when former owner Jerry Moyes declared bankruptcy in May.

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Nashville Hits Key Attendance Mark, $10 Million On The Way

from Nate Rau and John Glennon of the Tennessean,

The Nashville Predators said Tuesday the team will reach its critical attendance mark of 14,000 fans per game, positioning the franchise to reap a $10 million revenue-sharing payment from the National Hockey League.

The announcement comes a little more than a week after the Predators’ owners avoided a potential lease default with the city by promising to waive their early termination rights for the next two years.

“As of (last) Saturday, we’re now over the 14,000 mark, and based on ticket sales and how everything is going, I don’t see it being an issue at all,” Predators president of business operations Ed Lang said

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Afternoon Line

What Nashville does year after year - from GM David Poile, to player personnel director Paul Fenton, to Barry Trotz - is remarkable. They also have one other thing going for them. The players they select and trade for are generally hard workers and quality people. If they can just give a former No. 1 draft pick David Legwand directions to the opponents net, that might help. He hasn’t scored a goal in 31 games.

-Ray Ferraro of TSN.  More from Ray on the Predators and additional hockey notes too.

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Predators Lease Issue Solved

from Nate Rau of the Tennessean,

The Nashville Predators will play hockey here for at least two more years after the team’s ownership group said Friday it had reached an agreement with the Metro Sports Authority, which serves as the city’s landlord at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators and the Sports Authority had been in negotiations in recent months to address a $3.3 million federal tax lien against lead owner and former chairman David Freeman.

Uncertainty has surrounded the Predators’ future in Nashville for years. Three years ago, the team was nearly sold to an out-of-state owner, and more recently financial questions have plagued the team’s new ownership group

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Goal Of The Night?

Pavel Datsyuk with a steal and the next thing you know, the puck is in the back of the net.

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Shea Weber Out With Upper Body Injury

Shea Weber is out of the Detroit/Nashville game with an upper-body injury.

Red Wings analyst Mickey Redmond believes it is a wrist issue after reviewing some video.

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Report- Dan Hamhuis Want To Stay In Nashville

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

As of Tuesday morning, it appears as if Nashville general manager David Poile hasn’t been impressed enough to move defenseman Dan Hamhuis to the Flyers or anyone else.

The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

“Three teams have made offers on Hamhuis, and they have not been accepted,” said a source close to the situation. “Dan wants to stay in Nashville. At this point, it looks like the Predators are going to keep him.”

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Oilers Trade Denis Grebeshkov To Nashville

via TSN,

The dismantling of the disappointing Edmonton Oilers looks to be underway.

The club has dealt defenceman Denis Grebeshkov to the Nashville Predators for a second round draft pick in 2010.

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Nashville Chairman Steps Down

from Ken Whitehouse of the Nashville Post,

David Freeman, chairman of the Nashville Predators Hockey Club, has informed the city of Nashville and the Sports Authority that he is stepping away from the helm of the organization, according to a letter to the city sent by Freeman’s attorney.

Tom Cigarran, chairman of the Franklin-based wellness firm Healthways, has been unanimously appointed by the ownership group to become the third person to represent the team on the NHL Board of Governors.

Freeman has been under fire by the Sports Authority in recent months as a result of his contest with the IRS over a portion of his 2007 tax returns. In the letter to the city,

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Predators Could Use Some Offense

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

What do the Predators need most?

This is the first step, since the more moves you make, the more you have to surrender.

Is it vital that the Predators add some offensive depth, considering that they have been spotty in goal-scoring at times, have the league’s 24th-ranked power play and will be relying on some aging veterans during a compressed schedule?

Or is someone who can boost the penalty kill and aid in the faceoff circle even more of a priority, considering that the penalty kill — normally a Nashville strength — is currently ranked 24th and that the Predators are ranked 20th in face-off percentage?

How much salary are they willing to take on?

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