Monday's notes: NHL Board of Governors meeting to address realignment

All eyes will on Pebble Beach, California today, as the NHL Board of Governors meets, with the question of realignment on the table once again. Our notes from around the league start off with the latest proposal on that front, and the reaction to it from the players' association...

NHL's online store offers 15% off site-wide on Monday, December 5 | Hockey Gear HQ
If you're looking for NHL jerseys, hats, t-shirts, or just about anything else, this is an excellent opportunity to save a few bucks at the league's online store.

Nashville Predators News

Brodeur is a Fraud: Pekka Rinne Comparables
Another look at the big-time risk that the Predators have taken on with Pekka's new contract, by comparing how the careers went for players with a similar background.

Lindback creates adorable moment before game… | Section 303
This gets my vote as Play of the Day from Saturday night.

Predators Upcoming Schedule is Just What This Team Needs - THW
Is home ice the cure for the Preds' recent ills?

Admirals Remain Perfect Against Peoria | Admirals Roundtable
Teemu Laakso got right to work helping the Admirals.

Suter seeks answers to thinking behind Predators' shuffle on defense | Nashville City Paper
Lots of shuffling can't hide the fact that the Preds are short a 2nd-pair blueliner.

Defensive drop may be sending Nashville Predators into slump - The Tennessean
Josh Cooper notes that most of the major indicators of team performance have dropped like a rock over the last two weeks.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

More pros than cons to be found in latest NHL realignment plan - Puck Daddy
I'm down with what's being talked about here, taking the current Central Division and adding Winnipeg, Minnesota & Dallas to the mix.

NHL division realignment not supported by players union - NYPOST.com
Larry Brooks highlights the NHLPA's beef with the 4-conference realignment proposal, and that the NHLPA's dispute over reported hockey revenues from the Nashville Predators remains open.

Enforcer roles now becoming thing of the past in the NHL - The Denver Post
The Nashville Predators are hanging on to some obsolete notions here.

Derek Boogaard - A Boy Learns to Brawl - NYTimes.com
The Times chronicles Derek Boogaard's journey from childhood to NHL heavyweight enforcer. Settle in for a nice long read.

Derek Boogaard - Blood on the Ice - NYTimes.com
In part 2 of the series, the role of an NHL enforcer is profiled.

Jim Matheson’s hockey world - Edmonton Journal
Take a comprehensive trip around the league in this Sunday notes column.

Who are the top 5 goalies in the NHL? - Puck Daddy
Peks makes the cut here.

Stan Lee’s NHL Guardian Project failure cost tech firm millions - Puck Daddy
While the report quoted here sounds pretty sketchy, I will say I'm disappointed in the Guardian Project. My two sons LOVED it, but after they came out with the initial comics about all the different characters, there's been nothing. After a few weeks of checking the website to see if anything new was going to be posted, they just gave up hope.

Is the NHL headed for another work stoppage? - SI.com
Setting the scene for what could be a nasty battle over money, if the owners do make a hard push towards reducing the players' share of overall hockey revenue.

McGuire a rare breed: A former NHL coach who’s a good analyst - The Globe and Mail
Love him or hate him, Pierre McGuire has carved out a role a one of the leading hockey analysts on TV.

The flip flops of Maple Leafs’ coach Ron Wilson - The Globe and Mail
How much of an issue is it when an NHL head coach lies to the media?

Habs: Best Bilingual Coach or Best Coach Available? | All Habs
If Jacques Martin is the next to go, Montreal faces the old question - should they stick with a French-speaking coach?

Frustration with Markov, Enough is Enough | All Habs
Just when they thought Andrei Markov was about to return, word comes that he'll need another procedure on his knee.

Fear and Loathing in Montreal - Habs Eyes On The Prize
A spiffy infographic here talking about the importance of winning the Shots For & Against battle as a sign of team quality. That doesn't bode well for the Preds, who are ranked 29th in Fenwick (a stat similar to, but a little more useful than, Corsi).

Comparing Claude Giroux and Sidney Crosby: Fair or not? - Broad Street Hockey
They did send Jeff Carter and Mike Richards out of town to make room for Giroux as a top center, so is that paying off for the Flyers?

11 Years is Enough for Florida Panthers: Hottest Team in Town Bringing Joy to Starved Fans ... Cats to Challenge Washington Capitals on Monday | On Frozen Pond
Excitement is building in Florida, as the Panthers continue to lead the Southeast Division.

Tea with Ms. Conduct: Stats worth geeking over - Backhand Shelf
An alternative to those of you who get sick of all the Corsi talk around here!

Coming Down the Pipe!: Whatever Happened to Czech Hockey?
Once upon a time (especially back when it was still combined with Slovakia), the Czech Republic was a real hockey power. Now? Not so much...

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