Tuesday's news: Bumbling Oilers & Humbled Devils

Nashville Predators' rookie camp opens today at 1:00 p.m. down at Centennial Sportsplex, so head on down and watch the kids skate before they head off to Florida this evening. Make sure to check out Seth's detailed profile of the prospects to keep an eye on, too.

This morning's hockey news features some amazing stories. The Devils get the hammer dropped on them for that fish Ilya Kovalchuk contract, the Oilers cause themselves another multi-million dollar headache over star defenseman Sheldon Souray, and the Blue Jackets admit to suffering a major downturn in season ticket sales...

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Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Paul McCann's SlapShot Radio Plans Road Trip to Carolina and Tuesday Tidbits
Buddy has all the details on the big SlapShot Radio road trip coming up in November... take a look and consider following the team as they battle the Hurricanes!

Three Minutes With: starting goaltender Pekka Rinne… | Section 303
Is Pekka finally ready to seize the reins as the #1 goaltender? We haven't had anyone take charge of that job since Tomas Vokoun left town...

30 Goals In 30 Days: #10 vs. EDM, 12/17 | PredsBlog
Sam's animated .GIF nicely captures a beautiful tip by Patric Hornqvist. Ryan Suter's shot was headed towards the goaltender's glove, but #27 redirects it down and into the net.

The View from 111: The View from Peterson's Parkinson Foundation Benefit
Mark shares some memories and pictures from last Thursday's benefit.

Central Division Shakedown - Predlines
As training camps open, news is starting to pop up around the division.

Nashville Predators search minors for No. 2 goalie - The Tennessean
Chet Pickard has his sights set on an NHL job, but faces some stiff competition.

Around the NHL

NHL makes one last example of Devils with fine, draft pick loss - Puck Daddy
The NHL dropped the hammer on New Jersey one last time, imposing a $3 million fine, and the loss of a 1st- and 3rd-round draft pick as penalty for cap circumvention. Are the Devils being singled out? Unfortunately, yes, teams like Chicago and Vancouver should also have been smacked. But I'll take partial justice over none at all.

Souray skates with Oilers, softens stance on organization - TSN
Sheldon Souray strikes a conciliatory tone after some harsh words for the Oilers earlier this year. But then...

Twitter / Edmonton Oilers: Statement from #Oilers GM ...
Steve Tambellini states that Souray will not be attending Edmonton's training camp. Ruh roh!

mc79hockey.com - Oilers Viability in Greater Doubt
Tyler sums up the train wreck in Edmonton. If the Oilers put Souray through recall waivers, would you take him on the Predators for $2.25 million? He could be a dynamite option on the power play and would presumably be much better supported at even strength than he has been lately.

Steve Tambellini, Communication And Yakety Sax - The Copper & Blue
Derek Zona chronicles the long, sad recent history of "communications breakdowns" in Edmonton that now leave them in a lousy negotiating position as they seek to dump Souray.

CBJ Season Tix Sales Take Hit (Puck-Rakers Blog)
The Blue Jackets are taking a nasty hit at the ticket office in light of their backward steps last season. You can't blame the fans there, who have yet to see a real competitive team.

The Dark Blue Jacket: Time to step up: Steve Mason
Can Steve Mason return to the form he displayed as a rookie? Of course, optimism runs high in Columbus.

Update: Roberto Luongo loses captaincy, gains respect? - Puck Daddy
Thus ends a really stupid experiment in Vancouver.

The Peerless Prognosticator: 2010-2011 Previews: Defensemen -- Mike Green
He's the premier offensive blueliner in hockey, but what does Mike Green need to do to get respect for his defensive work?

Islanders unimpressed by Kabanov's tardiness - Buzzing The Net
Russian phenom Kirill Kabanov's commitment was a big concern at draft time, and he hasn't started off well by showing up late to Islanders camp.

Q&A with Jonathan Cheechoo - The Dallas Morning News
Just a few years ago, he led the NHL in goal-scoring, and now he's just hoping to land a job. Can Jonathan Cheechoo catch on in Dallas?

Bill Guerin signs try out contract with Flyers - Broad Street Hockey
The 39-year-old sniper will see if Philadelphia works out for him, too.

An All Encompassing Player Rating Model | Hockey Analysis
David Johnson proposes a player evaluation model built off Goals For & Against, while also accounting for quality of opposition and teammates.

School of Block: Goalies Under Pressure
5 goalies worth considering at your fantasy draft time...

R.I.P. Season Tickets? - CNBC
Darren Rovell writes about the challenge of NFL teams to maintain their season ticket business in competition with secondary ticket markets and better TV coverage. Some of these issues can apply to the NHL, too.

KHL Recap: When scoring 4 goals in one game isn't enough - Puck Worlds
A one-time Predators draft pick had a career night, but it wasn't good enough to lift his team past Salavat Yulaev.

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