I have to keep the intro to today's notes short & sweet, but I'll offer up one reaction to last night's news that Craig Smith is turning pro rather than returning to the University of Wisconsin:
The Nashville Predators have typically been very patient with the development of their prospects, and part of that strategy involves getting the maximum use out of a player's entry level contract. Once a player's pro career gets started, the clock starts ticking towards free agency, so that starting date is important.
For the Preds to encourage Smith to turn pro, I have to think that they see him playing with the Predators this season, not necessarily right out of training camp, because it makes little sense for him to make this move if the plan were simply to play in Milwaukee all year. This kid will bear close watching at training camp...
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Nashville Predators News
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Buddy's got his morning roundup ready and waiting for you.
Smashville 24/7: Are the Preds in a perfect spot to make a move?
Ryan adds up the salary numbers and sees room for a big forward acquisition.
Let's check back in about 5 years, but it's a question loaded with potential.
Emotional night for NHL stars at Roger's House - CBC News
It was a big night for Mike Fisher as he handed off the honorary chairmanship of an Ottawa charity to former Senators teammate Chris Neil.
Pass or Fail: Nashville Predators’ golden new home sweaters - Puck Daddy
The new threads get the Puck Daddy seal of approval.
The View from 111: Predators Skate of the Union Recap
Mark provides his analysis of the key aspects from Wednesday's night talk, including good stuff on the ownership situation.
Stanley Cup Drive Goal Chart - Round Two - Nucks Misconduct
A detailed breakdown of the goals scored in the Predators-Canucks series.
Smashville 24/7: News and notes from Skate of the Union
Ryan touches on the highlights from the panel discussion, including one I overlooked about a possible DVD of Nashville hockey history.
Paul McCann - The Skate of the Union 2011
Paul gives props to the idea of forming a Predators alumni group.
O’Brien Heads to Colorado as the Exodus Continues, What/Who’s Next? | Admirals Roundtable
A good question for Admirals fans - if the kids keep getting called up to Nashville so quickly, what kind of team will they be left with at the AHL level?
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Chris Chelios was pretty impressive as a rookie.
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Behold the glory of creative hockey fans...
Let's stack the deck and find a scoring winger - Nucks Misconduct
If they're looking for a scoring winger in Vancouver, I think it's safe to say the Preds could use one, too.
Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun joins TSN and Bell Media Radio - TSN
A big free agent signing... off the ice.
Jets take several Thrashers staffers with them - The Globe and Mail
And here I thought nobody was making that trip...
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Big homer, or the biggest homer? You decide...