Friday fun: "Commando" Zach Budish, and Sully in the Soo

This morning we've got quite a few interesting bits to share with you from around the NHL - Steve Sullivan joins his former junior hockey teammates to celebrate the 1993 Memorial Cup win, the question of when Colin Wilson will play in the NHL is addressed, and we find out what one Predators prospect wears under his hockey gear (and it ain't much).

All this after the jump, along with a demonstration of how brutal the confrontation can get when a team and player head before a salary arbitrator...

Budish stands out for what he’s not wearing - Nashville City Paper

David Boclair brings us the insight that 2nd-round pick Zach Budish skates "commando". I guess he'll be the one to re-enact the ending to Slap Shot (Amazon link) when the time comes...

The boys are back - The Sault Star

As Steve Sullivan noted on Twitter, this weekend there will be a reunion of the 1993 Soo Greyhounds, the team which won the Memorial Cup after having made it to the ultimate junior postseason tournament, and lost, the previous two years.

Predators won't rush center Colin Wilson into lineup - The Tennessean

John Glennon gives us a sneak peak into what will surely be the most interesting storyline to follow in training camp two months from now - whether Colin Wilson will make the Predators roster right away, or start the season in Milwaukee.

Too Little, Too Late From Gaborik - Hockey Wilderness

SB Nation's Minnesota Wild blog says "good riddance" to Marian Gaborik, the elite (but brittle) offensive dynamo who signed a contract with the New York Rangers.

Mock Arbitration: Milan Jurcina - Japers' Rink

J.P. takes the young Capitals defenseman through a mock arbitration session, including an absolutely wicked brief filed on behalf of the team: "In sum, to call Jurcina one-dimensional would mislead the reader by implying there is an area of his game that is particularly strong."

Joe Sakic Retirement Video - Mile High Hockey

Check out the video from Joe Sakic's retirement press conference, including an odd bit with sportswriter Woody Paige representing "the fans".

The Dead Puck Era's top scorers - From The Rink

James Mirtle sets Joe Sakic in perspective among the top 20 scorers of the "Dead Puck Era" (1995-2009), and you might be surprised to find a Nashville Predator on that list.

Capitals Convention 2009

Now this is cool - the Washington Capitals are hosting a convention just before the start of the regular season, with interactive games, panel sessions, a "kids only" press conference with players, and a display of the major NHL Awards.

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