As we welcome two new authors into the fold here at OtF, things are really starting to ramp up even though we're a month away from training camp. It sounds like we'll have another big announcement next week, so stay tuned.
Today we have a renewal of an annual ritual - preseason media predictions for failure in Nashville (of course, considering their history of consistent playoff appearances, maybe that's a good omen). We also have a look at how J.P. Dumont's trip to the doghouse back in March affected the team, and a collection of oddball reactions to the lack of a Tomas Kaberle trade in Toronto...
The Hockey News 2010-11 NHL regular season predictions: No. 10
THN pegs the Predators at 10th in the West, focusing solely on personnel changes and ignoring the growth of young players like Patric Hornqvist, Colin Wilson, and Cody Franson.
MayorsManor.com: Two Minutes in the Box with... Bobby Ryan
The Ducks winger (who still waits on a new contract) says good things about one Nashville defenseman from the Vancouver Olympics...
Where Is Horny? - Predlines
Nathan's getting antsy over the Hornqvist situation...
Reassessing The "Predator Way": J.P. Dumont In The Doghouse - PredsBlog
Sam argues that Barry Trotz got more out of J.P. Dumont by asking less of him. There are some problems when you draw conclusions from team-based Corsi numbers (when a team is leading, for example, they tend to take fewer shots, while the trailing team fires everything on net, skewing the data) but the Dumont question is a huge one this fall. He could play anywhere from the 1st to the 4th lines.
Cogen and Henry Team Up to Run Nashville Properties " Venues Today
A nice background piece on the new men at the top of the Predators organization, particularly focusing on Jeff Cogen's background with promoting Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus out of Nashville.
George: The circus is back in town - Nashville City Paper
Another commentary lauds Tom Cigarran for having the common sense to recognize that common sense alone wasn't enough to run the club - he needed to bring in proven performers.
Around the NHL
McKeen's Hockey Prospects - Tired Teams on Back-To-Back Nights
Gus gives my NHL Super Schedule the Emeril treatment; he gives it a "BAM" and kicks it up a few notches... wonderful stuff here that's worth checking out.
Red Wings Blogger Roundtable: Day 1 - Winging It In Motown
Detroit bloggers are confident that the Red Wings will recapture the Central, barring another season filled with injuries.
Blackhawks defense will remain solid in 2010-11 - USATODAY.com
The one thing Chicago has been able to keep mostly intact is the blueline, writes Kevin Allen.
After Kaberle deadline, solutions for Leafs get downright nutty - Puck Daddy
Toronto may have kept Tomas Kaberle, but many Leafs writers have lost their minds.
Habs' Strongest Position of Depth Now Its Weakest - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Has Montreal overreacted, and gutted what was previously a strong point of their team?
Expectations Surrounding Young Defenseman - Blueshirt Banter
While analyzing the Rangers defense, this post takes an interesting approach in the use of Behind the Net stats like Corsi & Quality of Competition.
mc79hockey.com - Unfocused Rambling on Labour Issues
Tyler looks ahead to a possible doomsday scenario in 2012 as the owners battle with the bumbling NHLPA.
Whale of a time for the Hartford faithful at quirky celebration - Puck Daddy
Amid all the speculation about Winnipeg and Quebec City, we often forget that Hartford used to be a loyal NHL city as well.
A Hockey Toast To Elvis " On Frozen Blog
The King died 33 years ago yesterday, and OFB has a special tribute.