This afternoon's hockey notes touch on a variety of topics; yet another big young star signs a long-term contract extension with his team, the NHL's ageless wonder returns for another season of sniping, and two mainstream media outlets preview the Nashville Predators' upcoming system.
All that, and a whole lot more after the jump!
Nashville Predators News
Bi-Weekly Question: Will the New Guys Step Up? - Predlines
Welcome "Buzz" to the Preds blogging scene...
The Hockey News: Adam Proteau's Column: Proteau: My NHL predictions - West
Proteau pegs the Preds for 9th in the West.
30 Teams In 30 Days: Nashville Predators - TSN
TSN's Nashville installment of this series covers all the bases, and raises what is to me the real question heading into this season - "If the team is unable to be amongst the NHL's stingiest defences, will they be able to overcome their lack of fire-power?"
Cullen: Predators have D, search for scoring - TSN
From a fantasy hockey perspective, the pickings are few in Nashville. Pekka Rinne and Shea Weber are studs, but after that it really drops off.
Smashville 24/7: Training Camp battle at forward has intrigue
Do we have a logjam of youngsters leading to wide-open competition, or a lack of proven talent at too many positions? I suppose it's all in one's perspective.
Nashville could get another Arena Football team by 2013 - The Tennessean
Preds COO Sean Henry talked up the idea of bringing arena football back here to help fill Bridgestone Arena during the summer months. How long before NewsChannel5 comes out with a report alleging some kind of misconduct or shady business?
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Don Fehr Q&A: Union boss wears jeans, talks CBA - NHL - Yahoo! Sports
Don Fehr's most challenging task in negotiating a new CBA is getting the players engaged and involved enough to give him a strong base of support.
Steve Moore finally gets his day in court - The Globe and Mail
This has been a long time coming, the lawsuit coming out of the Steve Moore/Todd Bertuzzi incident could finally be heard next fall.
Sleektooned Blog Logos 4: Are we there yet? - Battle of California
The Boston entries here get a standing ovation...
It's official boys and girls, Teemu is back for next season. ...and exhale. Phew. - Anaheim Calling
I don't care if he plays for Anaheim, it's great to see Teemu Selanne come back for another season.
Tyler Myers inks 7-year deal; big changes for Sabres in 2012? - Puck Daddy
As part of contract extension which averages $5.5 million per year, Myers will rake in $12 million(!) in 2012-13. Terry Pegula is just spewing wads of cash this year, considering the $10 million going to Kristian Ehrhoff this season.
Season Preview: Ranking the Western Conference Bluelines | CANUCKS HOCKEY BLOG
One blogger's assessment of western defense corps. Nashville, as expected, ranks high.
Hockey Prospectus | Summer Skate: Central Division
A look at who's trending up, who's trending down, and one guy to keep an eye out for from each team in the Central.
Driving Play: Driving Play Season Preview - Teams 30-27 - A Journey Through The NHL Underworld
I'll disagree with this and think the Islanders could finish higher, and it may be Dallas that ends up in the league basement.
Ex-Red Wing Darren McCarty now working in ‘Hardcore Pawn’ - Puck Daddy
Given the new sponsorship deal, I'm surprised he's not selling Amway products.
Schenn vs. Phaneuf Defensively - Pension Plan Puppets
Luke Schenn still needs a new contract in Toronto, so the folks their ponder his worth relative to their captain.
Canes Now - Canes to wear patch to honor Vasicek | newsobserver.com blogs
Josef Vasicek spent the bulk of his NHL career in Carolina, and they'll remember him on their uniforms this season.
Upon further review: A second look at a bad Minnesota Wild season preview - Hockey Wilderness
Knickers are twisting in Minnesota after an unflattering Puck Daddy preview.