Thursday's notes: Predators past, present and future

Today's news features an odd combination of Nashville Predators who have moved on, the high number of players currently in the system (and what that means for Barry Trotz and his line-juggling), and a review of the draft process which brings future Preds into the fold.

Follow after the jump for all this, and an update on the never-ending Phoenix Coyotes saga as well... 

Predators News

The Radulov Legacy - View From My Seats
Matt takes a look at how the hockey landscape has changed since A-Rad's jump to the KHL two summers ago.

Nashville Predators Blogs - Tom Callahan's Preds Prowl
Tom juggles some lines to point out the myriad possibilities available to Barry Trotz this fall. There should be a number of open battles for roster spots up front.

The Missing Chapter, the Draft, and the Future | Pro Sports Blogging
Dave looks at David Poile's draft history in Nashville and sees an uptrend over the course of time.

Around the NHL

Maple Leafs 2010-11 Annual Now Available for Preorder - Maple Leafs Hot Stove
I'm happy to say I was asked to provide an article again for the 2010-11 Maple Leafs Annual from Maple Street Press, and it's now available for pre-order. It ships in a few weeks, but you should follow the link above and check out the cast of characters who are contributing, including Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski and stats guru Gabe Desjardins.

I MEAN, WE GOT GUYS...: Heritage Classic Press Conference
The NHL had its press conference for the "other" outdoor game this season, pitting the Canadiens against the Flames in Calgary, and they invited bloggers to the big event. Check this out, for pics of the tribute jerseys the Flames will wear. I just don't know about them...

Devils Q&A with Jason Arnott - New Jersey Devils
What does the former Preds captain look forward to in his return to New Jersey? Italian restaurants... Fuggedaboutit!

Mandi Schwartz's fight against cancer takes a big step forward as she found a donor - ProHockeyTalk
Outstanding news for the sister of St. Louis' 1st-round draft pick Jaden Schwartz.

EHFD: Elitserien - Puck Worlds
A wonderful introduction to the Swedish Elite League, which boasts remarkable talent for a country of only 9 million people.

Reinsdorf resurfaces as Coyotes sale stalls - The Globe and Mail
The story that just won't go away continues. In James Mirtle's opinion, it could go on for many more months.

The Whites Of His Eyes (Puck-Rakers Blog)
Columbus welcomes back Russian winger Nikita Filatov...

The Dark Blue Jacket: Who were the CBJ's last-minute scorers?
Tom enters dangerous waters, looking for the mysterious "clutch" players in Columbus.

The Triple Deke: Acknowledging Mike Modano
A Red Wings blog comes to grips with the impending acquisition of a longtime rival.

Ducks sign Andy Sutton to a two-elbow, I mean two-year, contract - Battle of California
The Ducks replace James Wisniewski with the older, cheaper Andy Sutton.

Team Ovechkin beats team Datsyuk - Alex Ovetjkin
This is so cool (hat tip to Puck Daddy)... Now all we need is Sidney Crosby vs. Jonathan Toews on "Wipeout". 

The Peerless Prognosticator: Niemi as a Cap?... No
One blogger doesn't see Antti Niemi as an upgrade over what Washington already has to offer in goal.

An Islanders Retrospective: Those who have Guarded the crease - Lighthouse Hockey
Talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly - the Islanders have had all of that and more over the years playing goal.

The Al Arbour Coaching Tree: From Terry Crisp to Brent Sutter - Lighthouse Hockey
Dominik recounts some of the NHL head coaches who were influenced by one of the all-time greats.

Blueshirts By the Numbers: Number 9 - Adam Graves - Blueshirt Banter
It's hard to find a more beloved hockey player than Broadway's big #9.

Other Habs Should Follow Gomez's Lead and Ditch the Vanity Numbers - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Scott Gomez will no longer wear #91 in Montreal, opting for something a little more "respectable" in the eyes of Habs fans.

The Suitor Tutor, Part 1: On VERSUS and NBC, How Have They Done, and Where the Merger Will Take Them " Puck The Media
Steve Lepore looks at how the league's broadcast partners have fared since the Great Lockout.

Cyclones Announce Partnership with Florida Panthers | Cincinnati Cyclones
The ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones are going to partner up with Florida (and their new assistant GM Mike Santos). The Preds will still have a partial affiliation with them (as well as Montreal), as only a handful of prospects are developed at that level.

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