Monday's news: Preds prospect Pickard a promising puckstopper

It's going to be a busy week for the Nashville Predators, with four games on tap starting tonight in Columbus. But before we get to that...

I just canceled my Tennessean subscription this morning, and I encourage all Nashville Predators fans to do the same. In case you missed it over the weekend, Saturday morning's paper ran another one-sided diatribe against the team, stringing together a few facts and a lot of innuendo to paint them as a financial basket case.

After the jump, we've got your morning news and notes!

Predators News

Predators' prospect Pickard a goalie on the rise - NHL.com
After a shaky start, Chet Pickard is playing well for Milwaukee.

Preds On The Glass: Weekend Round Up and Podcast News
Buddy's been hitting the airwaves a lot yesterday, with guest appearances on two podcasts.

Preds Blog-Off (Round 3) - The NHL Arena
The NHL Arena's blog-off continues with a Round 3, pitting Preds On The Glass, The View From 111, and Pull My (Fang) Finger against each other for Nashville supremacy. Or will there be a Round 4? No matter the case, apparently my negative campaigning failed to pay off.

Wings Give Nashville the ‘Finger " Pull My (Fang)Finger
AJ chronicles the down, then up, then down again drama of Saturday's Red Wings game.

Kevin Klein earns ice time with consistent play - The Tennessean
John Glennon writes about how Kevin Klein has stepped up to become a major force on the Predators' blueline. Between he and Francis Bouillon, the team has ably filled the gap left by Greg Zanon.

Around the NHL

Referee performs on-ice CPR, saves player's life - Puck Daddy
Wow, I hope this ref at least got recognition as 1st Star of the Game...

Hockey On Paper: The Chicago Situation - What's an Eltdown?
We know that significant players will have to be sent out of town by the Blackhawks as they try to stay under the salary cap, but which will it be?

Jackets notebook: Fight leaves Dorsett with broken hand | BlueJacketsXtra
Just when they got their spark plug back in the lineup, Columbus loses Derek Dorsett to an injury suffered in a fight Saturday night.

A Bad Boy Grows Up – the Hard Way " Pull My (Fang)Finger
AJ looks at how Todd Bertuzzi has changed, and yet not changed, over the years.

Which is the Best Division in the NHL? | Hockey From the Cheap Seats
So much for all the projections for the Central to be the toughest division in hockey...

It's the NHL Where Dollars Buy the Most Wins - WSJ.com
An interesting study is noted by the Wall Street Journal this morning, but it's deeply flawed in that it looks at the 2000-8 timespan; it would be more appropriate to focus solely on the post-lockout era, reflecting the current salary cap.

Who Should Light The Cauldron At Opening Night Of Olympic Games In Vancouver? - Nucks Misconduct
Speculation that local hero Trevor Linden might be involved in the opening ceremonies has started a lively debate as to who should carry the torch.

"Is the President 90 feet tall?" - mc79hockey.com
An interesting back and forth with agent Jay Grossman about Nikolai Khabibulin, whose 4-year contract has come under criticism in Edmonton.

Capitals Insider - Caps working on deal to move Nylander (Updated)
This has gotta hurt; Washington is looking to stash Michael Nylander and his $5.5 million salary in the AHL just to clear up cap room.

Down Goes Brown: Signs your hockey player husband might have sixteen mistresses
Great stuff from the funniest hockey blog in captivity.

Goalie Martin Gerber suffers significant neck injury in KHL - Puck Daddy
"Significant" is an understatement; after a collision in a KHL game, former NHL goalie Martin Gerber is expected to be hospitalized for an extended time due to a fractured vertebra.

James Taylor and Daniel Powter scheduled to sing National Anthems at Winter Classic - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The headline says it all...

Mike Modano Interview - Hockey Independent
A Dallas blogger gets an interview with the long-time Star, which touches momentarily on that fateful night in Nashville when he set the American NHL goal-scoring record.

Should Don Cherry lead fight against hits to the head? - Puck Daddy
An interesting question, along the lines of "it took Nixon to go to China."

Latest on Ice Edge's bid for Phoenix Coyotes, Ilya Kovalchuk talks, Olympic rosters - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun's latest touches on a number of issues, including a small note about the NHL looking at the future of digital media. I really like what the league has done in recent years on this front, and look forward to seeing where they'd like to head next (an indexed library of historical online video would be great, for example).

Lastly, what better way to start your work week than with a little Hot Stove action?


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