Friday's notes: The Dog Days Are (almost) Over

Give yourselves a pat on the back, hockey fans. You've made it through another week of August, and the shores of the NHL season are almost within view. Rookie Camp is just 15 days away, and the big names will report not much longer after that.

Follow after the jump for this morning's hockey notes, which will help you hang on!

Nashville Predators News

Nashville’s "Top 6 forward" could come from up-state New York… | Section 303
Yup, Buffalo's in a bit of a salary cap bind, and could indeed make a good trade partner with the Preds. How about an ownership swap? No disrespect intended to the Predators' group, but Terry Pegula is pretty much a sports fans' dream owner.

Previewing the Predators’ defense for 2011-12, part four… | Section 303
A quartet of defenders vying for an NHL job, and one more just hoping to get healthy.

What Does David Poile Know? | The Predatorial
Jeremy sums up David Poile's appearance on NHL Home Ice earlier this week, and is confident in his ability to deliver.

Smashville 24/7: 2011-12 Preview: Cal O’Reilly
Cal started off last season well, but went scoreless in 11 straight games when he broke his leg and missed the rest of the season. If he's going to take a step forward this year, he can't have those kinds of dry spells.

Around the NHL

The Hockey News 2011-12 NHL regular season predictions
THN pegs the Preds as a marginal playoff team in the West, and 4th place in the Central.

NHL re-draft: Building 30 teams based on salary cap hits - NHL.com
The Predators got Zach Parise!!! Oh, it's only a fantasy draft...

Q-n-A With Scott Arniel | BlueJackets Xtra
The Blue Jackets' coach is pretty much drooling over some of his new toys.

Blues have pieces in place to make playoff run - NHL.com
Has St. Louis done enough to pass up the Preds? I'm looking at these two teams going bumper-to-bumper all the way along this season.

10 ready to make impact on new NHL teams – USATODAY.com
What, no Preds?

Peter Mueller's return to normalcy, Colorado Avalanche | All Things Avalanche
Part of this Colorado's plan for return to action from a concussion is to use the Easton Z-Shock helmet, a pretty wonderful piece of equipment that I reviewed a few months back.

Logan Couture inks two year contract extension with San Jose - Fear The Fin
The Sharks' dynamic young forward goes ahead and locks in with the team for a couple more seasons.

Individual Point Percentage by Team - Western Conference - The Copper & Blue
I'm not sure how much value this metric has outside of curiosity, but this includes a breakdown of the Preds.

Does Aaron Rome owe Nathan Horton more than text apology? - Puck Daddy
I thought an NHL contract meant never having to say you're sorry?

WCHA Extends Invites to CCHA Schools - Western College Hockey Blog
The shifting sands of college hockey might now sweep teams like Western Michigan into the WCHA.

August savings on hockey equipment expire soon | Hockey Gear HQ - reviews & deals on hockey equipment and apparel
With just a few days left here in the month of August, I wanted to share two great opportunities to save money on hockey equipment, both of which expire August 31st.

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