This afternoon's hockey news takes on a distinctly foreign flavor. We have former Milwaukee Admirals who have headed overseas, a translated Russian interview with an NHL goalie, and a Preds alumnus who apparently hasn't paid his bills here in Middle Tennessee...
Nashville Predators News
Previewing the Predators’ defense for 2011-12, part two… | Section 303
Will Jonathon Blum and Kevin Klein stick together as the second pair? If The Cube's not ready to go, I wouldn't be surprised to see them split up.
Former NHL tough guy Belak is taking his act to the next level - National Post
While this is mostly about Wade Belak appearing on Battle of the Blades (and the arthritis in his hip which plagued him in recent years), the big news for Preds fans is that Wade will apparently be the sideline reporter and bench interviewer on the team's broadcasts this fall. Now this should be fun...
Paul McCann - Since when is a better deal a bad thing?
Paul's fired up over that Newschannel 5 report about the concession contract at Bridgestone Arena, calling out some of the nonsense in that piece (the talk about "local companies" and the "no-bid" stuff). Like I mentioned this morning, however, I do have questions about how the numbers work.
Alexander Semin as a Nashville Predator? | The Predatorial
Does offensive talent override all other concerns? From his defensive liabilities to his attitude (teammate Matt Bradley recently called him out publicly), I just don't see how this guy fits with the Preds.
Smashville 24/7: 2011-12 Preview: Mike Fisher
Fisher is presented with an interesting opportunity this season; he doesn't have to play behind a Jason Spezza any more, so may have more offensive opportunity than he's had in Ottawa.
Twitter / @jrlind: Did you forget about Denis ...
Former Predator Denis Arkhipov must not have made that Radulov-type money over in the KHL...
Preds On The Glass: Geoffrion and Ellis Among 27 Rookies to be Featured at the 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase
Blake Geoffrion and Ryan Ellis will head to Toronto later this month...
Pack your bags, we’re off to Europe (and Asia?)! | hockeygalmilwaukee
Did you know that the Milwaukee Admirals have an alumnus playing for a pro team in Korea?
Around the NHL
Chatting with Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky about Bryzgalov, trading Carter/Richards, Pronger as captain and life as newlywed - Puck Daddy
It's always interesting to read these translated Russian interviews...
E.J.'s mailbag: Crosby's health, Sharks defense and more - NHL.com
The NHL.com analyst chimes in on which of Nashville's Big 3 he'd let go in a pinch, and how he sees the Central Division shaping up.
Driving Play: Triumph's Principles For Evaluating Prospects
Handy tips here...
Seeing Club Red: Panthers fans irate over ticket price hike - Puck Daddy
To make an omelet, you've got to break a few eggs. The Panthers are making some long-time season ticket holders pretty unhappy, however, with some ultra-luxury upgrades in the works.
Patrick Kane On Toronto Radio: Training Camp In Question? | Committed Indians
Chicago's dynamic scoring threat hopes to be ready for the start of the season, as he recovers from wrist surgery.