Believe it or not, there were other things going on in the hockey world outside of the Ilya Kovalchuk controversy yesterday. After the jump, of course we have some updates on what that means for the Devils and the NHL at large, but we've also got Predators prospects competing, lines a-juggling, and a potential expansion of a sports empire in Detroit...
Predators prospects impressed in Lake Placid - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond interviews Nashville's Chief Amateur Scout Jeff Kealty about how some of the prospects fared during a recent mini-tournament between American, Swedish and Finnish squads.
Too Much Of A Good Thing: Juggling The Forward Lines Pt. 1 - PredsBlog
Sam takes a look at the numbers game up front in what should be a wide-open battle during training camp for the final roster spots.
Preds On The Glass: POTG Podcast with Anthony Perez and Chris Wassel, Kovi Thoughts, and Tuesday Tidbits
Buddy's got your morning links which includes a lot of reaction to the Kovalchuk decision.
Want to go to Toronto to meet Wayne Gretzky?… | Section 303
Jeremy lets us know about a contest EA Sports is running in conjunction with the launch of NHL Slapshot for the Wii next month.
Poile on Dekanich signing - Predators Insider
David Poile makes it sound like Mark Dekanich has the inside track on the #2 job with the Predators, but is still open to the possibility of bringing in a veteran.
Around the NHL
The Full Document: Richard Bloch's Ruling In The Ilya Kovalchuk Arbitration Case - SBNation.com
Having trouble sleeping? Then just dive into the 20 pages of legalese that details the decision in the Kovalchuk case.
Arbitrator rejects Kovalchuk deal - The Globe and Mail
Could the NHL look at similar contracts and reject those as well? I can't imagine they'd pick that fight at this time, but it is possible.
What Ilya Kovalchuk's contract rejection means for Chris Pronger - Broad Street Hockey
Can the Flyers rest easy, or not? Pronger's controversial extension began July 1, and he starts drawing checks when the season starts.
Beantown's Guarantee that Lu's Contract will NOT be Voided - Nucks Misconduct
There's a very good reason here why the NHL will stop short of going after Chicago's contract with Marian Hossa (even though it should have been rejected immediately).
Emperor Ilitch: Wings Owner Wants Pistons, New Downtown Arena - Winging It In Motown
Mike Ilitch first bought the Red Wings, then the Detroit Tigers. Now, he has the Pistons in sight, and could use them to help justify a new arena in downtown Detroit. Regardless of how you feel about the Red Wings, Ilitch is a top-notch owner and a tireless booster of Detroit. The city could sorely use this.
Red Wings sign Ruslan Salei - Winging It In Motown
Detroit picks up a 35-year-old defenseman coming off a season in which he played only 14 games due to back surgery. Before that, he had one of the worst Penalty Plus/Minus totals in 2008-9.
SAN disk array, disaster recovery software help NHL team with ticket sales - SearchStorage.com
Get your geek on and read up on the technical architecture that helps the Tampa Bay Lightning run their ticket sales operation.
Kronwall want removed from the NHL - hope Dif - Elite - Hockeyexpressen.se
According to this Swedish report (try the Google Translator), defenseman Staffan Kronwall wants out of Calgary so he can go back to the Swedish Elite League. He makes just $500,000, so it's not like they'd get major cap relief by him leaving.
Let the Debate Begin: The Sharks Mt. Puckmore - Fear The Fin
San Jose fans start deliberating on who should grace their "Mt. Puckmore". What, no Jamie Baker?
Riley Cote retires - Behind The Net
Celebrating the rather unique career of a particularly pugilistic player.
EHFD: Kontinental Hockey League - Puck Worlds
Bruce Peter's survey of European hockey continues with the big, bad KHL.
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