Wednesday's notes: How high can Tootoo fly?

A living legend fumes in Boston, Philadelphia tries to shore up an old weakness, and a 4-game suspension to Aaron Rome has Vancouver upset. Meanwhile in Nashville, a young checker gets to work, and the question gets raised again about how much further Jordin Tootoo can develop as an NHL player.

We've got all this and a whooooooole lot more after the jump this morning...

Father's Day Gift Idea #9: Wheeled hockey equipment bags | Hockey Gear HQ
The wheeled hockey equipment bag will eventually be recognized as one of the great technological advancements of our time. OK, that may be a little over-the-top, but they do come in handy.

Nashville Predators News

Evolution of An Agitator (Part 2/2) - The Jordin is Rising - Pull My (Fang) Finger
AJ raises an interesting question in light of Alexandre Burrows' play during these playoffs - can Jordin Tootoo emulate that success?

Roster Announced For Final Fisher Softball Game - WSMV Nashville
Jeff Fisher's charity softball game on June 18 will feature Brent Peterson in the lineup.

Preds in review: Ryan Suter - Predators Insider
Josh Cooper shares his look at #20's season.

CBCSports.ca - Cramping up Chara's space, plus 30 thoughts
Elliotte Friedman includes an anecdote which should only add to your belief that Nashville would match an offer sheet to Shea Weber, if it ever came to that.

Nashville Predators' Nick Spaling rehabs shoulder injury - The Tennessean
Like Mike Fisher, Nick's spending his summer rehabbing.

Around the NHL

Aaron Rome Suspended Four Games For The Horton Hit - Nucks Misconduct
The NHL threw the book at Aaron Rome, befuddling pretty much everyone looking at precedent (you have to wonder if a more prominent player would receive the same punishment). Vancouver won't miss him, though, even with Hamhuis out.

Mike Murphy’s Q&A on the suspension - The Globe and Mail
I do think it's bizarre that this hit merits the longest suspension in Cup Final history. A fraction of a second's difference, and it's a completely legal play.

Canucks have become NHL’s most-hated team - The Globe and Mail
And to think, for so long they were just ignored.

Bobby Orr the Enforcer over cheap shot - BostonHerald.com
The greatest defenseman of all time (and former Boston Bruin) is seething over the Aaron Rome-Nathan Horton hit.

Flyers Acquire Rights to Ilya Bryzgalov - Broad Street Hockey
Before they get too excited, remember the Flyers traded for Dan Hamhuis right before he became a UFA, too.

Cheveldayoff accepts GM position with Winnipeg's NHL franchise - The Globe and Mail
The Winnipeg TBD bring in Chicago's assistant GM to run their show.

2010-2011 Braintrust Evaluations: Stan Bowman - Second City Hockey
To be fair, Chicago's new GM had to deal with a real salary cap train wreck left behind by Dale Tallon.

Canes Now - Brind'Amour, Lewis join Canes staff | newsobserver.com blogs
"The Bod" will become an assistant coach in Carolina, along with Dave Lewis, who was with Detroit for a long time, then Boston and L.A.

Hockey Pop: Popeye Jones' Son Is A Rising Star, But Not In Basketball | ThePostGame
The former NBA star has a son who shows lots of promise as a defenseman in hockey.

Meet the Gretzky who can’t skate - National Post
...and the Great One's kid is playing baseball. What's going on around here?

Boyd, Strumm Let Go (Puck-Rakers Blog)
Is it just me, or does it qualify as odd timing to fire a couple key members of the scouting staff right now?

Just Keeping Pace (Puck-Rakers Blog)
More like "treading water"... and the Blue Jackets need to make progress rather than stand still.

NHL Blackberry Sponsorship Means Balsilie Still In The Game - SportsMoney - Forbes
This article's content doesn't do much for me (Bettman would of course dangle such an opportunity in order to hang on to a major sponsor), but it does raise two questions. 1) Why does a wealthy publication like Forbes rely on Wikipedia for a picture of Jim Balsillie? 2) Has Balsillie transformed into Gollum or something?

Quebecor: Prospect of an NHL team in Quebec City has taken a hit - The Globe and Mail
It's looking less and less likely that Quebec City will have an NHL-caliber arena ready to lure a team any time soon.

NBC Wins Rights to the Next Four Olympic Games " Puck The Media
Book those NHL flights to Sochi in 2014...

yfrog Photo : Shared by NathanFillion
Trust me, this is hilarious...

Winners and losers from Binghamton's Calder Cup run - Silver Seven
Ottawa's farm club took it all in the AHL Playoffs.

Statistical OOPS - Behind The Net
Demonstrating a common statistical error that people tend to make.

Seamless Glass and Injuries - Mile High Hockey
The Nashville Predators are one of several teams getting rid of their seamless glass this summer, and this post does a good job explaining exactly why.

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