The tension is building within the Nashville Predators fan base, as the hours tick down to tomorrow morning's arbitration hearing with Shea Weber (scheduled for 8:00 a.m. Central time). For a taste of what the conversation is like on Twitter, just check out the #weberwatch hashtag in the widget below for a sampling. There's a range of worry, humor, and speculation that will keep your head spinning until this story reaches its conclusion.
And if you need a distraction, follow after the jump for some hockey news from around the league!
Nashville Predators News
Poile Hopes Weber Isn’t His Next Scott Stevens | PuckScene.com
David Poile has referred to the Scott Stevens situation as one he doesn't want to repeat again, so one wonders if that personal angle adds an urgency to the team's efforts.
Preds On The Glass: Getting to Know Blogger's Row: Ryan Porth
Buddy turns the tables...
Who's in Milwaukee (Defense Edition)? - Milwaukee Admirals
Aaron Sims has a great look here at who's likely to break camp with the Preds, and could start in Milwaukee this fall. Just a real good read here that will whet your appetite for training camp.
Around the NHL
NHL News: Nassau Referendum Vote Not Looking Good for Islanders - Blueshirt Banter
The early polling data doesn't look good for New York Islanders fans.
Chelios leads U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame group - NHL.com
Ryan Suter's uncle Gary is part of a star-studded group entering the US Hockey Hall of Fame, along with Chris Chelios, Keith Tkachuk, broadcaster Mike Emrick, and Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider.
Burns and Wilson each had their reasons for contract extension sooner rather than later | Working the Corners
Brent Burns, who was recently traded to San Jose and was eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer, signed a 5-year, $28.8 million extension.
NBC to rename Versus just in time for Winter Classic in Philly - Broad Street Hockey
"NBC Sports Network" will take its bow on January 2nd.
The Sheet: Marek's thoughts on hockey - sportsnet.ca
Congratulations (or condolences?) to Jeff Marek for making the switch from Hockey Night In Canada Radio to a blog on Sportsnet.
Ringing The Post - Best Hockey Song Ever - Five For Howling
I'll go with the golden oldie, "The Hockey Song". Years ago I took one of my sons to a Preds game, and he fell asleep on the way home (he was maybe 5). As I carried him into the house, he started muttering "the good old hockey game... it's the best game you can name..." in his sleep. You just can't beat moments like that.
NHL Waiver Rules | The Hockey Writers
A useful resource here for all your waiver questions. With so many young guys involved with the Preds, waiver eligibility can play a large role in who stays in Nashville and who goes to Milwaukee.
Weekly Hate: The Six Worst Rules in Hockey - Winging It In Motown
August is the perfect time for "rules I'd change" material...
Lowetide: RE 11-12: Ryan Jones
A harsh assessment of how the former Pred might fare in Edmonton this season. A huge part of his production last season was due to opportunity, and is unlikely to be repeated.
Brophy: Three teams feeling the heat - sportsnet.ca
I don't know, I have a hard time calling the Canucks underachievers when they won the Presidents Trophy by a country mile and fell in the 7th game of the Stanley Cup Final.
The overrated value of a faceoff | OilersNation
I'd say part of the issue with faceoffs being overrated is that the margin of performance is so slim for most of the league. Of the 86 guys who take enough draws to be eligible for the "Faceoff Leaders" stat on NHL.com, 62 fall within the 45-55% range for wins.
Rival Panthers A Whole New Beast - Raw Charge
Might we have a real, competitive rivalry rolling in Florida this season?
Puck Daddy’s Guilty Pleasures: ESPN anchor John Buccigross - Puck Daddy
A Q&A with one of hockey's champions in Bristol.
Interview With The Agent: Scott Norton - BusinessInsider.com
It's always interesting to hear from a hockey agent...