BUFFALO NY - DECEMBER 31: Forward Miikka Salomaki #11 of Finland (Nashville's 2nd-round draft pick over the weekend) skates with the puck as forward Oliver Jokel #11 of Slovakia chases him during the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship game between Slovakia and Finland on December 31 2010 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Nashville Predators fans who have been craving a little live hockey action can get their fill at this week's Development Camp, offering our first look at many of this weekend's draft picks, along with other prospects working their way towards the NHL.
Make your plans accordingly this week, as there are open sessions from 10:00 a.m. - noon on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at Centennial Sportsplex, with the final workout Sunday afternoon from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. We posted the preliminary roster here last week, but expect that to change as the new draftees get added, and sometimes there's an additional undrafted player who gets invited, too.
The big news today will come with the announcement of Kirk Muller as head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals, but follow after the jump for the rest of your morning notes!
Nashville Predators News
6 Things you didn’t know about Coach Muller | hockeygalmilwaukee
Dropping some knowledge on the locals about the new coach.
Predators saw no reason to look past large goalie in draft | Nashville City Paper
David Poile justifies the Magnus Hellberg pick.
Around the NHL
Greatest Hockey Legends.com: Hockey Hall of Fame Log Jam
What? He forgot about Mark Howe, my sentimental pick!
Thin Air: Sunday Hockey Thoughts | Jerseys and Hockey Love
Why is it that the only people I've seen talk sense about the CBA are bloggers, not mainstream media? The problem with teams struggling to meet the cap floor can best be addressed in one of two ways - increase revenue sharing, or widen the gap between floor and ceiling. My guess is that the latter is the more palatable option.
2011 Offseason: Head Coach Speculation & The New Jersey Devils - In Lou We Trust
OK, they drafted some kids over the weekend, but when are the Devils going to get around to hiring a head coach?
KHL luring Russians away from NHL - The Globe and Mail
David Poile's not the only guy concerned about drafting Russians.
Coming Down the Pipe!: What About Me? A List of Undrafted Players from 2011
Here are a few names which were ranked pretty highly by NHL Central Scouting, but did't get picked.
On Carter, Campbell, Filatov (Puck-Rakers Blog)
Wow, Jeff Carter still hasn't spoken to anyone from the Blue Jackets organization yet? I can understand being sore at Philly for this trade, but it's done.
Lombardi: Smyth trade `probably harder than making the Gretzky deal’ " LA Kings Insider
Holy Hyperbole, Batman!
AHL Report: Coyotes get Portland, Panthers return to San Antonio - Litter Box Cats
The game of musical chairs continues, as another team locks in with a new AHL affiliate.