Are you ready for the work week? That's OK, neither am I; but we're here anyway, so get your day started with some NHL news and notes.
After the jump, we've got an update on how the Nashville Predators prospects are doing, rumors of a winger on the trade block, and the Montreal perspective on Saturday's rapid-fire performance by the Preds....
See Puck City: Hey, Kovalchuk...it's safer to park your car outside in Nashville!
Some wild, dreamy stuff, but it's fun to consider!
Should Preds stick with Santorelli or make change? - Predators Insider
John Glennon considers the roster implications of Colin Wilson's return later this week; should he go to the AHL for a conditioning stint, or do you send someone like Santorelli down to make room?
Predator prospects roundup - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond provides his weekly update on how the sprouts are growing down on the farm...
Monster contract coming - Ottawa Sun
Bruce Garrioch writes that the Preds are trying to deal Ryan Jones. I wouldn't be surprised at all, considering the way Jones has plummeted down the depth chart for Nashville. His one-way contract (which has him earning NHL money while in the minors) is also a financial millstone for the club. Might Dallas be interested in him as a gritty depth forward as part of a deal for Fabian Brunnstrom? While I doubt the Stars are looking for a winger in return for the young Swede, it makes for an enticing possibility.
Around the NHL
Carey Price's Record Tying Performance Under The Microscope - Habs Eyes On The Prize
The Montreal perspective on Saturday night's win by the Preds, drilling into the details of Carey Price's heroic effort in the Habs' net.
NHL Average Attendance since 1989-90 - Andrew's Dallas Stars page
An interesting look at league-wide attendance over the years.
What Has Happened to Brent Burns? | Pucks Gone Wild
Last year, this young Minnesota Wild defenseman was considered a rising star, but so far this season has been a disaster. Has he regressed, or is he being dragged down by an awful team?
Rossi: Give trap its due respect - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
With New Jersey coming to town on Thursday, Rob Rossi's tribute to the work of Devils coach Jacques Lemaire makes for timely reading (via Kukla's Korner).
A quick look at shot differential - From The Rink
James provides the Shots For & Against totals for each team in the league, as a rough estimator of overall team quality (at least of the skaters, obviously goaltending is left out). The Preds fare quite well here...