One of the burning questions around Nashville this summer has been what the new team jerseys will look like, and thanks to PA Announcer Paul McCann over on Hockeybuzz, we finally have an idea of when we might see them.
Follow after the jump for that, and a ton of other hockey notes including the official end of NHL hockey in Atlanta, and a CBC reporter's take on the Shea Weber situation...
Nashville Predators News
Paul McCann - Tuesday Notes with UPDATE
Paul brings word that we should get a look at the new road jerseys at this weekend's draft. Now, will Poile trade up into the 1st round so we can see it Friday night rather than wait until Saturday?
CBCSports.ca - All eyes on 1 agency, plus 30 thoughts
Elliotte Friedman chimes in on the Shea Weber agency change, including this: "Rightly or wrongly, Weber's move is seen as a sign of dissatisfaction with Newport, a sign that he wants to stay in Nashville first and foremost. There is a belief he will avoid arbitration and sign with the Predators (probably in the neighbourhood of $6-$6.3 million per year)."
Preds On The Glass: Nashville Predators Send Four NHL Award Nominees to Las Vegas
This year, they could at least get a group discount on rooms...
Draft Preview: Ty Rattie | PuckScene.com
Patten profiles a project in Portland.
Preds in review: David Legwand - Predators Insider
Josh sums up the enigma that is The Original Predator.
With postseason awards approaching, Preds' power players look to gain some recognition | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair previews tomorrow night's chances for the Preds.
Peterson's passion remains in coaching, health issue forces him to do more | Nashville City Paper
It sounds like the Preds are starting to piece together how Brent Peterson will fit into the mix on game nights, communicating from the press box level with Peter Horachek on the bench, and doing pretty much anything and everything he can off the ice to help the Preds.
Around the NHL
A Quick Thank You To The Thrashers - Bird Watchers Anonymous
Bidding goodbye from Atlanta.
NHL Players as Kids - Tumblr
Be warned, you could lose an afternoon here.
Confessions of a Hockey Fanatic: Winnipeg Franchise Will Honor Snyder's Retired Number
Well, that's reassuring. So far, they've pretty much tossed out everything else that Atlanta was attached to.
NHL Awards to Feature Presenters From Film and TV, As Well As NHL Legends " Puck The Media
Steve breaks down the cavalcade of stars who will light up the stage in Vegas.
NHL draft primer: Top 10 players to watch - Buzzing The Net
Commentary and video on 10 coveted prospects.
This is just stupid - moaning about Lidstrom's return because he might "look mortal" as he gets older?
NHL economics cost Canes plenty - NewsObserver.com
The Hurricanes can't keep up with the cap-max teams, so this piece whines that "their bottom-line losses may not be as high as they used to be, thanks to revenue sharing from the NHL, but the competitive imbalance is almost as large." Baloney! The disparity between rich & poor teams was much, much greater in pre-lockout NHL.
Down Goes Brown: Offseason to-do lists from around the NHL
Oh my: "Montreal Canadiens - Communicate to fans that the bar has been raised, the competition is working harder than ever before, and that a few isolated car-burnings just isn't going to be good enough anymore."
Dual Offer Sheets Can Accelerate A Rebuild - The Copper & Blue
An interesting notion, but one I highly doubt we'll see in the wild.
Bluenotes: More Housekeeping Signings, Two Not Returning, Schwartz News - NHL Hot Stove
Here's a look at what they're up to in St. Louis. One local Blues fan I know was thrilled at the late season trade of Erik Johnson for Chris Stewart, but I see a lot of holes in their defense.
Hockey Prospectus | Shots On Goal: Ultimate Faceoff Percentage (UFO%)
Here's one way to look at faceoff performance... I prefer to index relative to PP/EV/SH workload, and the last time I examined this, I didn't see a huge home-ice advantage in the data, so I'm not sure there's a need to filter down to road games only.
2011-2012 NCAA Points of Emphasis - Western College Hockey Blog
The rule book isn't changing in college hockey for the upcoming season, but there will be a focus on diving.
Bauer Vapor hockey stick feature comparison, from X15 to X60 | Hockey Gear HQ - news, reviews & discounts on hockey gear!
The Bauer Vapor hockey stick is designed with puck handling & passing in mind, but the various models vary widely in price & function. I've gathered those features together in one place for ease of comparison.
Yale’s Resurgent Ice Age | The Hockey Writers
Competitive Ivy League athletics usually isn't a phrase you hear, but in hockey, Yale is enjoying a new era of success.
Are NHL Salary Cap Increases Again Putting League On Road To Destruction? - SBNation.com
A facepalm-inducing read here. Business is growing, and that's why the salary cap is growing, too. It's not at all the same situation as before the Great Lockout.