Follow after the jump for a rumor of trouble in the desert, a passing in Pittsburgh, and the question of where old #55 has gone...
What Happened to Tootoo? - Predlines
Has #22 lost his edge? Maybe the "old" Toots might make more of an impact on the current team.
Does Parent’s deal mean another year for Blum in the minors? - Predlines
In short, I'd say "yes", apart from cameo appearances in Nashville when one of the regulars gets hurt.
The Tennessee Plan: How to Help the NHL & NHLPA's Partnership - Winging It In Motown
They're breaking in a new blogger over at SB Nation's Detroit Red Wings site, and he promotes an idea to combat the Tennessee Privilege Tax which currently costs players $2,500 a game. He wants the NHL to threaten to move the Predators unless the state abandons the tax (seriously). The owners would take such a stance under the pretense that they're doing it to help the players, but it's really just to move the Preds to a more lucrative market (seriously).
Is Kovalchuk the next Alexander Radulov? - Pro Sports Blogging
I know I sound cranky this morning, but I'd be remiss to not also criticize a Preds blogger alongside a Detroit one; Dave sees Ilya Kovalchuk eventually pulling a future Alexander Radulov-like move as his salary remained the same while other NHL salaries rises over time. By building everything off the "Kovy doesn't care about winning" characterization, I think he's struggling to make a connection that's not really there.
What The Puck: Hockey Movie Sunday: The Mighty Ducks Recap
Rachel gets her summer hockey movie series rolling with a classic...
Around the NHL
NHL Return to ESPN a Possibility - Blueshirt Banter
The upcoming season is the last one in the current TV contract with Versus, fueling natural speculation about whether the league might benefit from another suitor.
To The 11th Hour? (Puck-Rakers Blog)
The Blue Jackets are headed to arbitration with their highest-scoring defenseman from last season, as they struggle to field a competitive team within financial constraints. If Anton Stralman wins big, the team will likely walk away and let him become an unrestricted free agent.
Burke no fan of CBA loophole - NationalPost.com
Toronto GM Brian Burke is back on the job, tossing his two cents in on the Kovalchuk mess.
KuklasKorner : The Confluence : Longtime Penguins’ PA announcer John Barbero passes away
The Pittsburgh Penguins community loses a beloved figure.
REPORT: Tod Leiweke to lead Tampa Bay Lightning as Chief Executive Officer - Raw Charge
Tampa gets their man to run the business side of the team.
It’s about sharing secrets when coachs get together - Kamloops Daily News
Neat find here from Kukla's Korner, about how NHL coaches had trouble initially opening up when they came together to coach Canada's Olympic team.