More training camp cuts can be expected over the next couple days, as Thursday marks the deadline to get NHL rosters down to 23 (or less) active players. The Preds are likely to carry less than that, possibly as few as 21, in order to keep their payroll to an absolute minimum. After all, if David Poile is indeed in a buying mood (as we saw in the Phil Kessel situation), the pennies he pinches now can possibly be used to acquire talent later on.
After the jump, we've got loads of Predators and NHL news for you, including pressure on Jordin Tootoo in his contract year, a guess as to what Nashville's Opening Night roster will look like, and the question of whether they should look into signing Peter Forsberg, who has played well so far, just two games into his comeback over in Sweden.
Previewing the Central Division | CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG
The guys from Canucks Hockey Blog asked me to fill them in on the Preds and the Central Division; bloggers from the other teams were supposed to show, but didn't, so I guess the Preds win the division title by default?
Predators need Jordin Tootoo's points, not punches - The Tennessean
Bryan Mullen writes this morning about the pressure on Jordin Tootoo to return to double-digit goal-scoring this season, after which his contract expires. His "agitation" of opponents is nice, but in terms of Penalty Plus/Minus, which measures actual power plays generated for the team, Ryan Jones created 15 PP's to Tootoo's 6 (balancing out penalties drawn and taken). Jordin has something to prove this year.
What will Preds look like on opening night? - Inside Predators
John Glennon makes a guess at what the Opening Night roster will look like. It will be interesting to see Nashville goes with 21 or 22 on the active roster (23 is the NHL max). They could carry 6 defensemen, however, and rely on Wade Belak as an emergency backup, or run with 5 for a night if injury strikes.
Hockey Night in Blogdom: 30 Teams in 30 Minutes, Western Edition - Slap Shot Blog
Buddy and Jackson from Preds on the Glass will represent Nashville this season over at the New York Times hockey blog, and chime in on some of the big questions heading into the season, like which player they'd most like to see get checked through the Zamboni doors...
Predators Preseason Thoughts - Hockey Independent
Mark surveys the Preds as they prepare for their first regular season game.
Alrighty Then…That’s Better. " Pull My (Fang)Finger
AJ breathes a sigh of relief after the Preds finished off the pre-season with a 4-2 win at Columbus.
Should the Predators entertain Forsberg?… | Section 303
Jeremy wonders whether Nashville should pursue Peter Forsberg. I think the hype is getting way ahead of itself with Foppa, who has played well in all of 2 Swedish Elite League games.
Around the NHL
Blue Jackets Acquire Anton Stralman - Puck-rakers
In a move to bolster their limited defense corps, Columbus picks up Anton Stralman from Calgary. Earlier this summer, Stralman came to the Flames via trade from Toronto.
Offensive defenseman should boost Jackets' power play - The Columbus Dispatch
They're doing cartwheels in Columbus over the trade for Stralman, which tells you just how desperate they've been for offensive talent on the blueline.
The Psychology of Prospects and Returning To Junior Hockey - Hockey From the Cheap Seats
Matt takes a look at the whole issue of whether young, talented players should stick at the NHL level or head back to junior hockey.
With NHL's salary cap comes a leveling of the ice - USATODAY.com
Kevin Allen looks at how the salary cap is slowly but surely bringing parity to the NHL. This season's trade deadline should be heavily influenced by what is expected to be a falling salary cap for the 2010-11 season.
Murray quotes about final cuts, etc. - Inside the Kings
The L.A. Kings have sent Jonathan Bernier down to the minors. I guess their "Goalie of Tomorrow" is still just that...
Hello from Cedar Park - Dallas Morning News
Mike Heika provides an update from the Stars' training camp; they're the Predators' opponent on Saturday night, so it's worth looking for who might or might not play (such as standout defensive forward Jere Lethinen).
CCHA Modifies League Scoring - Western College Hockey Blog
One of college hockey's major conferences adopts a plan that many have suggested for the NHL; making all games worth 3 points in the standings, rather than just the ones that go to OT.
NHL Hockey Power Rankings - National Hockey League - ESPN
Scott Burnside dares to write about Columbus, "Hard to believe Steve Mason will be able to replicate his extraordinary rookie-season success." I'm with ya, bub.
Why is Manny Fernandez Still Unemployed? - Hockey Or Die!
Jonathan Willis asks, to me, one of the more fascinating questions of this pre-season. Why is an excellent, experienced goaltender out of work? Have injuries taken too much of a toll?
FLEURY ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM NHL - TSN
It was fun while it lasted, but Theo Fleury's comeback attempt is through.
Central Division Preview: Haikus return! - Barry Melrose Rocks
A rather unique look at the Preds' division...
Book Review: Hockey Dad by Bob McKenzie - Silver Seven
TSN's insider has a new book out about the trials and tribulations of youth hockey, and DarrenM gives us a review. It's called Hockey Dad: True Confessions of a (Crazy) Hockey Parent, and is available via Amazon.