SB Nation rolled out a number of dynamite new features this morning, and one of those helps me more easily gather interesting news & notes from around the web. So here's some recommended reading for you this morning:
- First of all, with the calendar flipping over to June, be sure to check out and install Smashville's Preds-related desktop wallpaper for this month, which features two guys we'd all like to see in the lineup this fall - Joel Ward and Steve Sullivan.
The FanPost Editor Gets An Upgrade. Lots of new tweaks to the FanPost editor allow you to autotag your posts for greater visibility, as well as send out an update when you publish a post, straight from your Twitter account.
- John Glennon is taking a week's furlough at the Tennessean as the Gannett newspapers continue to struggly financially. He wonders if he might miss a big story, though - "with my luck, Alexander Radulov will fly into town on Monday and have lunch with Jim Balsillie at Tootsie’s."
- Before punching out, Glennon starts the countdown to July 1 by reminding us that there's still plenty of time for prospective free agents to be re-signed by the team.
- In Lou We Trust, SB Nation's New Jersey Devils blog, has been casting a covetous eye around the league looking for free agent defenseman, and this morning Anaheim's Francois Beauchemin is the subject. We'll get to the subject of who the Predators should consider on the open market later on this month, but Beauchemin is one of the most underrated blueliners in the NHL.
- mc79hockey has a great quote from new Edmonton Oilers coach Pat Quinn, taking a verbal shot at one of his former Northeast Division rivals.
- Mirtle looks at the fallout from Detroit's victory in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final last night, which included a "fight" between Evgeni Malkin and Henrik Zetterberg in the closing seconds.
- Washington's Peerless Prognosticator points us to some interesting history on teams that win the first two games at home in a SC Final. Just after they noted on NBC that only 1 team has overcome such a 2-0 deficit to win the Cup, Pierre McGuire jumped right in to say that he didn't think Pittsburgh was in trouble yet. Sorry, Pierre, but the Pens are assuredly in some hot water right now.