April 25, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Nashville Predators center David Legwand (11) and Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) battle for the puck in the third period at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Skate: Predators get three nationally televised games

Nashville stepped up its broadcasting deal with Fox this season. The Predators will have a record-high 70 games televised this year on the Fox Sports Networks and three games will be nationally televised on NBC Sports.

Former Conn Smythe Trophy and two-time Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas took a season off to focus on “friends, family and faith.” He unintentionally  took off two seasons when the Bruins sent him off to the Islanders and he couldn’t find work. It looks like he will be making a comeback, possibly with the Florida Panthers. Thomas has been reportedly talking to multiple teams, but Florida has offered him a tryout.

Sunrise, Fla., might be the best fit for Thomas. The goalie situation has not been solidified for the Panthers and the projected backup goalie Scott Clemmensen will undergo a minor procedure that will take at least three weeks of recovery.

From Too Many Men On The Site, The Blues welcome back Brett Hull to the organization as an executive vice president.

“We are pleased to announce that Brett Hull is coming home to the St. Louis Blues,” said Blues owner/chairman Tom Stillman. “Brett Hull belongs with the Blues.  It makes all the sense in the world for him to be here.  We’ve thought that from Day One, but we wanted it to work in the right way where it’s good for Brett and good for the organization.  We think it’s a great thing for all concerned.”

EA Sports’ NHL 14 hit the shelves yesterday. My copy is in the mail and I can’t wait to play it. What are your initial impressions of the best-selling series?

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