Thursday's notes: Sour Fruit Cup?

Another game, another pair of ex-Predators at Bridgestone Arena tonight. Our morning notes hit multiple times on the topic of Cody Franson, and the rough ride he's had with the Maple Leafs so far, after being the "sweetener" in the trade which saw Toronto take Matthew Lombardi's contract off David Poile's hands...

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Nashville Predators News

Shea Weber, he's back to being Shea Weber - Predlines
Don't make him angry... you won't like him when he's angry.

Preds On The Glass: Rare Opportunity to Skate the Bridgestone Ice Offered
Hit the ice this Sunday evening.

The Hockey News - Craig Smith emerging as star for Predators
Ken Campbell introduces the Honey Badger to readers of The Hockey News.

Inside the Organization - Nashville Predators
Jeff Cogen talks about the addition of W. Brett Wilson to the team in an interview with in-house reporter Bryan Mullen.

Legwand practices, not playing - Predators Insider
Don't expect Leggy back until at least Tuesday game vs. Edmonton.

Predators' Weber helps out former teammate - The Tennessean
The Captain offers some consolation for Fruit Cup.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Franson & Connolly In, MacArthur & Grabovski Out " Toronto Maple Leafs Hot Stove
Confirming what we should see tonight from Toronto.

Brophy on Leafs: Window of opportunity - sportsnet.ca
For the Maple Leafs stepping in for injured teammates, tonight's game is a bit of an audition, and that includes Cody Franson.

PASS OR FAIL: Islanders’ New Third Jerseys | islanderspointblank.com
Barf.

Puck Daddy chats with Bobby Ryan about the Ducks’ struggles - Puck Daddy
Whatever problems Anaheim is having, Ryan's the guy to put his foot down and stomp them out.

Nikolai Khabibulin's Resurgence - The Copper & Blue
Is Khabibulin for real? He boasts a ridiculous .945 save percentage so far.

Video: Tyler Myers hits Danius Zubrus; Shanaban? - Puck Daddy
This will be an interesting ruling for Brendan Shanahan. I'm guessing it draws at least a fine...

Lightning host 2nd annual "Girls Play Hockey" event - Raw Charge
Here's a notion which doesn't get celebrated nearly enough. Last night, for example, we faced a lady who played defense in our c-league game, and she was one of our opponent's better players.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks: The Best Rivalry in Hockey - The Hockey Writers
I'm open to that idea.

Shannon on GM meetings: Top of the list - sportsnet.ca
Hey, I think a team in Seattle is a great idea, but there is that issue of having an NHL-caliber building to play in... 

A Theory of Ice: List: Three Ridiculous, Boring Coaching Ploys Better than Laviolette’s
Was Peter Laviolette's stall tactic in that Philadelphia-Tampa Bay game actually the latest in a long line of petulant coaching tactics?

Checking in on Matt Cooke and his new style - CBSSports.com
Has this leopard really changed his spots?

Ex-Red Wing Vladimir Konstantinov shares his brush with art | The Detroit News
An encouraging update on Vladimir Konstantinov, whose life was changed forever after a limo crash following Detroit's 1997 Stanley Cup win.

OHL: Ryan Rupert gets only 5 games for vicious slash - Buzzing The Net
Should it have been more? This slash (video is in the article) was brutal. 

Bad To The Bone: Canadiens 4, Hurricanes 0 - Canes Country
Frustration is building in Carolina, where the Canes have sunk to 14th in the East.

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