I'm on my way back to Nashville after a long weekend, but still have some news & notes for you. Later this morning, From the Rink will feature an interview with Nashville Predators principal owner David Freeman, but until then, we've got a recap of the Preds Tweetup from last week, a profile of Kevin Klein, and a whole lot more after the jump...
The View from 111: Nashville Tweetup
Mark shares some pictures from last Thursday's Predators Tweetup at Past Perfect in Nashville. It looks like a good time was had by all, and I'm sorry I couldn't make it.
Tootoo tough to leave home - SunMedia
Going back home to Nunavut is a greater escape for Jordin Tootoo than for many NHL'ers. Raw seal meat and a total lack of cell phone coverage takes him back to his roots.
Predators expect bigger things from Kevin Klein - The Tennessean
John Glennon takes a look at the Pred who's expected to take the biggest step forward this season, Kevin Klein. After two years of playing a supporting role on the blueline, he's projected to play on the 2nd pair this fall.
Around the NHL
Lightning GM Brian Lawton on Alex Tanguay | Lightning Strikes
Pending a physical, the Tampa Bay Lightning look set to add one of the most talked-about free agents of the summer, Alex Tanguay.
Glendale holds firm on Coyotes concessions - From The Rink
Ultimately, the question of whether the Coyotes stay in Phoenix depends on how far the city of Glendale is willing to go in renegotiating the lease. While officials pretend to stand firm and expect the existing lease to be fulfilled, I'd be willing to bet the farm that either the lease gets substantially changed, or the Coyotes will move.
Gillis Talks About The New Canucks Cap Issue / Lukowich Thrilled - Nucks Misconduct
Vancouver made some major adjustments to their defense over the weekend, trading for two players from San Jose, and signing Mathieu Schneider off the free agent market.
Ehrhoff & Lukowich Moved For Prospects - Fear The Fin
Mr. Plank gives his thoughts on the San Jose/Vancouver trade, which sent Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich to the Canucks for a couple prospects.
SB Nation: Season 2 - From The Rink
Our Great & Glorious Leader sums up the first season of SB Nation's hockey coverage, and polls for thoughts on Year 2. This ride's just getting started!
Five Reasons NHL Tweetup's Dani Muccio Loves Hockey - Puck Daddy
Friday's installment of the "Five Reasons" series checks in with @Dani3boyz, one of the most prominent hockey fans found on Twitter, and the impetus behind NHLtweetup.com.