Tuesday Afternoon Notes: These kids are alright

Sure, we've got Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final coming up tomorrow night on TV, but you can catch live hockey right here in the Nashville area if you're dying to get back in a rink (and given the heat these days, that's a great idea).

Follow after the jump for the scoop on an elite bunch of teenage players working out and playing in Cool Springs this week, plus a bonus helping of news & notes...

Father's Day Gift Idea #4: Wallet with NHL team logo | Hockey Gear HQ
Getting Dad a wallet for Father's Day is an old standby. So why not jazz it up a bit this year by getting one with his favorite NHL team's logo?

Nashville Predators News

Elite Edge Hockey Showcase
Want to catch a little live hockey action? The Nashville Predators' manager of Hockey Operations, Brandon Walker, is running a clinic at A-Game Sportsplex in Cool Springs which features elite teenage players looking to make the jump into junior hockey. There are 220 kids from 27 states attending, and the instructors include former Nashville Predator Jim McKenzie, and NBC/Versus analyst (and former NHL goaltender) Darren Elliot.

Who's Next? - Milwaukee Admirals
Aaron Sims details just how wide-open the AHL coaching market is right now, with several jobs open and candidates available from a number of different directions.

If Canucks win, will Hamhuis become 1st Preds draft pick to win the Stanley Cup? | Section 303
Truly an excellent example of the word "trivia".

Around the NHL

Lack Of Supply Makes Game 7 An Even Hotter Ticket - CNBC
A rare NHL-related column by sports business reporter Darren Rovell.

Hatred in these Stanley Cup Finals - Houses of the Hockey
Yeah, there's some bad blood, but sometimes people get a little over-the-top.

Why Tim Thomas is the antithesis of Roberto Luongo - Puck Daddy
These two couldn't have taken much different roads to a Game 7 matchup with the Cup on the line. 

Is Even Strength Scoring More Important? - The Copper & Blue
Thought-provoking stuff here on evaluating how much various aspects of performance at the junior level translate to the NHL.

2011 NHL Free Agency Pool, Part 2 of 3: How Will Tallon Dive In? - Litter Box Cats
Florida needs help on the blueline, and Ryan examines some of the free agent options.

Bergenheim's re-signing "will not be an easy task" - Raw Charge
A big playoff run has this free agent looking for a payday.

Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Guy Boucher: What goes up, may come down - Raw Charge
Expectations are going to be through the roof in Tampa next season, but is that reasonable?

Whose system is this anyway? - Jewels From The Crown
See, lots of folks complain about their coach's defensive schemes.

The Science of an Intro Song | Illegal Curve Hockey
It sounds like Winnipeg is trapped in the 80's...

Visualizing Basketball Player Tracking Data - Hoopism.com
*nerdgasm*

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