Saturday's notes: NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard passes at 28

UNIONDALE, NY - FILE: Derek Boogaard #94 of the New York Rangers skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on October 11, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. The 28-year-old Boogaard was found dead May 13, 2011 in his Minneapolis, Minnesota apartment, according to published reports. Details on his death weren't immediately reported. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Before we get to the morning notes, obviously here's the big story in the NHL today:

New York Rangers' Derek Boogaard, 28, found dead in his Minnesota apartment, investigation under way - NY Daily News
Terrible, terrible news out of Minnesota last night comes with the passing of "the Boogeyman". I really don't like how this report introduces speculation about concussions possibly being related to the cause of death. It's reckless, hypothetical, and smacks of someone trying to make a cheap link to the "theme of the day" in the NHL. Treat this story with the respect it deserves, and don't get ahead of the facts.

Derek Boogaard Memorial - Hockey Wilderness
SB Nation's Minnesota blog (where Boogaard played for several years) collects favorite memories of the big guy.

And now, the rest of the stuff...

Nashville Predators News

Paul McCann - Coach Peterson Steps Off the Ice
Paul highlights the charitable efforts that Brent Peterson is associated with, for fans who would like to make a donation to Parkinson's research.

Pekka Rinne: a exit interview | Section 303
Jeremy got a few thoughts from Pekka before setting up a 2nd date in Vegas.

Preds On The Glass: Shane O’Brien Was A Key Part of the Predators' Successful Season
Buddy really appreciated SOB's effort this year.

Music City Mindset: The Roller Coaster Season Part II: Out of the Gates
Ryan looks back at the opening month of the 2010-11 season.

Around the NHL

These Sharks run deep - The Globe and Mail
Eric Duhatschek sets the table in the West by showing that San Jose may have more tools available than ever before to make a Cup run.

A New Rivalry Is About To Be Born - Nucks Misconduct
The Canucks and Sharks may not have a long history between them, but given the stakes involved here, they'll build up some hate pretty quickly.

Devan Dubnyk - The People's Choice - The Copper & Blue
Can Dubnyk supplant the highly-paid Nikolai Khabibulin for the starting job on next year's Oilers?

Isles Continue to Make News; Sign Michael Grabner to 5 Year 15 Million Dollar Deal - Lighthouse Hockey
The Islanders locked up the speedy 34-goal-scorer for a long time.

Sabres To Increase Player Salary Budget By 15% Next Season - Die By The Blade
Will this prompt them to take a run at any of the Preds' free agents?

Hockey Wilderness Welcomes Bruce Ciskie - Hockey Wilderness
Congrats to our brethren in Minnesota on landing a big addition to their staff.

Hitchcock looking to get another NHL coaching job - TSN
In my mind, Ken Hitchcock would be a great pickup for a number of teams.

Down Goes Brown: Surprises from the NHL's brief filed in the NFL labour dispute
A nice way for hockey to work its way into the major sport story of the summer.

Thrashers' owner on Atlanta future |
No wonder Atlanta's hockey fans have been let down time and again. Bruce Levenson dodges most of these questions, but where he chooses not to do so, he slips up badly. Saying to the fans " If you know anybody who is interested [in buying the team], have them get in touch with us" just sounds hopelessly clueless.

ESPN’s Matthew Barnaby arrested after domestic incident - Puck Daddy
Ugly stuff here, I'm sure we'll learn more about it in the days ahead. 

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