Monday's notes: Preds ponderings

Get into your work week with a healthy dose of hockey news this morning; we've got a roundtable discussion regarding Nashville's Big 3, a look at whether a division rival is ready to pull ahead of the Preds, and a comparison of just how tough hockey players are compared to... baseball.

So jump on in!

Nashville Predators News

PuckScene Roundtable: Which of the "Big 3″ is the least expendable? | PuckScene.com
Patten takes a different angle on the big question of this summer, and calls in the troops for a variety of opinion.

Getting ready for the season: Will Ryan Ellis crack Nashville’s roster?
Might the 2009 1st-round pick bypass Milwaukee and jump right into the Predators' lineup this fall?

Smashville 24/7: Getting to know Blogger's Row: Dirk Hoag
Ryan was good enough to include me in his Blogger's Row series, even though I cover only a handful of games from there each year.

Preds prospects Balisy, Watson impress in first game of USA Camp… | Section 303
You know it's August when all we've got action-wise is a scrimmage at a camp to get teams ready for a tournament that's four months away! It's good to see Austin Watson and Chase Balisy tear it up, though.

Paul McCann - The Sunday Discussion - How Much Is Too Much?
Paul wonders if it's even worth keeping the Big 3 together, considering how much it will cost.

Driving Play: A Look at the Shea Weber Arbitration Deal
A good quantitative overview of Weber's value to the Preds, and the possible notion that Ryan Suter is the one actually pushing play up-ice the most.

Behind Enemy Lines: Previewing Nashville with On the Forecheck’s Dirk Hoag
This Chicago Blackhawks blog is touring the Central, and asked for my input on how the Preds are shaping up.

Preds On The Glass: POTG Weekend Headlines, News and Links: Surprising Breaking News Included
Buddy's bounty of bytes crushes your dreams of Festival Tennessee.

You Can Touch the Predators at the Nashville - Zoo Zoo and Aquarium Visitor News
Mark your calendars for August 28, that's the team's day at the Nashville Zoo.

How Far Back Do You Go With The Admirals? | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan dips into the old memory bank...

Boclair: Waiting game | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair sees Shea Weber as having bought himself time and flexibility with his decisions this summer.

Around the NHL

Hockey Players Are Tougher Than Baseball Players: 10 Stunning Stories - SportsTVJobs.com
This comparison of hockey injuries vs. baseball injuries will leave you howling, guaranteed!

Dropkick Murphys’ tasty tribute to Alex Burrows - Puck Daddy
Even Preds fans will appreciate this...

Re-tooled Blue Jackets eager for more - NHL.com - 30 in 30
NHL.com's preview series turns to a division rival. Have they done enough to threaten for a playoff spot?

Casino-tax money may help keep Jackets here | The Columbus Dispatch
I would think that keeping their spending in line (there's no reason they should be above the mid-point) and working to achieve their full share of revenue sharing would be the way to go, but the Blue Jackets are starting to invoke the specter of relocation in their fight for public support in Columbus.

Blues are the sleeper team of the Western Conference - USATODAY.com
At the very least, St. Louis should be able to pour in some goals this year - but can they stop them in their end?

An Introduction to Hockey Analytics Part 4.1: An Introduction to Possession Metrics (Corsi and Fenwick) - Lighthouse Hockey
More good background for those of you with basic questions about advanced hockey stats.

Wild Dump James Sheppard to the Sharks - Hockey Wilderness
I think Minnesota and San Jose are engaging in some kind of stealth franchise swap... this is the 3rd trade between these two teams this summer.

Hockey Returns: The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Starts Today - Puck Worlds
A major international tournament for the best teenage players in the world gets rolling.

The Arena Debate - Everyone Has Been Here Before - The Copper & Blue
Derek thinks that a new arena in Edmonton is a foregone conclusion - that may be the case, but the debate over such things can get pretty interesting depending on each individual market's situation, such as Long Island.

Lack of job openings puts Marty Turco’s future in jeopardy - Puck Daddy
Marty Turco looks like the odd goalie out right now, and may be best off keeping in shape and waiting to see if a job opens up due to injury somewhere around the NHL this fall.

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