Was last year's 30-goal season by Patric Hornqvist a flash in the pan? One NHL.com columnist posed that question yesterday...
Follow after the jump for that, along with a boatload of hockey news and two of the most unusual hockey-related videos you've seen in a long time!
First off, Puck Daddy points us to the internet craze of the week, the Old Spice Guy answering tweets via YouTube. Here, he replies to @NHLBlackhawks' question of what he would do with the Stanley Cup...
Seven out to prove they're more than one-time stars - NHL.com
John Kreiser's list of possible "one hit wonders" includes Patric Hornqvist. There's good reason to believe that he is indeed the real deal, however. He puts a ton of shots on net (last year in 5-on-5 play, he was 3rd in the league in Shots/60 Minutes among players with 40GP and at least 10:00 average ice time), and has the potential to increase his offensive opportunities in years to come.
Joonas Rask looks to be known as more than Tuukka’s brother - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond continues his excellent series on Predators prospects by looking at this year's 7th round pick. It's funny to hear a Finn complain about the heat in Nashville, considering their national obsession with saunas.
Preds On The Glass: A Look Back at the Predator's Captaincy at Season's End and Thursday's Thoughts
Buddy's morning post includes video of when he asked Shea Weber about team leadership back in April.
PredsBlog " Fixing The Penalty Kill
Making the case for Sergei Kostitsyn as a possible boost to the penalty kill. Personally, I'd like to see Martin Erat get more work there, as his results have usually been exceptional in limited duty (with the exception of last season).
PredsBlog " Puck Pile: 7/14/10
Sam does a great job pointing out the absurdity of Wes Goldstein's article on the Central Division the other day. Where he sees Nashville as a penny-pinching operation struggling to survive, he somehow lauds St. Louis for their budget-minded approach, even though it's the Preds who have been much more successful in recent years.
Nashville’s Shiny New Kids: Rookie Devleopment Camp Day Whatever and Yeah, That One, Too! (Also, Rookie Reporter Mistakes Revealed!) | The Hockey Writers
Jas wraps up her look at all the scrimmaging between the prospects last weekend.
Kevin Weekes For Nashville " Michelle Kenneth's Hockey & Musings
Michelle will join the Preds On The Glass podcast on Monday along with the retired goalie, and she shares some of their shared history from his days in New Jersey.
2010 Rookie Community Day - Nashville Predators
Check out this photo gallery from last week, when the Preds prospects headed out for a day of activities and volunteering around Nashville.
Around the NHL
A CBJ Town Hall Meeting with Season Ticket Holders - The View from 210
The Blue Jackets' had two consecutive nights of town hall meetings, and this post sums up Part II, including hope that they will get the 2013 All-Star Game (which would just be a short drive for Nashville fans).
Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel: 'We've got to learn how to win' - Sporting News
Craig Custance asks the new Columbus coach about the challenges in front of him and how he plans to turn things around.
Why Willie Mitchell could be a great fit for San Jose - Fear The Fin
San Jose would seem to be a natural fit for the UFA defenseman, who is recovering from a serious concussion.
THN.com Top 10: Offer sheet scandals
John Grigg reviews the nastiest situations involving Restricted Free Agents over the years. I think we'll all breathe easier once Patric Hornqvist and Cody Franson are signed.
How Ilya Kovalchuk Should Have Handled Free Agency | PuckUpdate
It's certainly been an unusual summer for the supposed prize of the free agent market, so Steven Ovadia offers up some suggestions.
What’s Left; The Waiting Game Continues… | NHLHotStove.com
There are still quite a few quality players left on the market, including Denis Grebeshkov, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and John Madden.
Your Rotating Door at Backup Goalie - Lighthouse Hockey
This look back at #2 goalies on Long Island includes old-time Predator Mike Dunham.
New York Islanders - Cupcakes Coming to the Coliseum
The Islanders have a new Official Cupcake sponsor... perhaps this is something the Preds should look into?
All Habs: Guest Article: Is Gauthier the Next Milbury?
A terrifying comparison for Montreal fans!
Buyer beware: Simon Gagne's injury history - From The Rink
The Flyers winger may be on the trade market, but he doesn't exactly come with a warranty...
The Perfect LW’er? " SenSay
Should Ottawa go a-poaching for a young Dallas winger? It sure looks like a good idea...
Donald Fehr Denies Being Official Candidate for NHLPA Executive Director; Postion Remains Open - Sporting News
The players' association continues to drag out the appointment of a new Executive Director, as fans wonder if things will get truly ugly again in the leadup to the expiration of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement in September 2012.
Spector's Hockey - Response to "Why Not Canada?"
I respect Spector's writing when it comes to trade rumors more than just about anyone in the blogging world, but I disagree entirely with his take on the salary cap. When the cap, and player salaries, increase over the years due to a corresponding increase in league revenues, those aren't "runaway costs".
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees wins male athlete of the year, three other ESPYS - ESPN
For anyone who actually cares about ESPN's orgy of self-congratulation, Sidney Crosby won "Best NHL Player", and Blake Geoffrion didn't win "Best Male College Athlete", losing out to John Wall.
And to get your Thursday rolling, how about a preview of a hockey musical? Yes, you read that right...