Monday afternoon notes: George Plaster out at 104.5 The Zone

SUNRISE, FL - SEPTEMBER 19: Goaltender Jeremy Smith #30 of the Nashville Predators warms up prior to the game against the Florida Panthers on September 19, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

While the Predators are battling the Panthers down in Florida (at this writing, they're up 3-2 after two periods of Game One), the buzz around Nashville is the major development in the sports radio market, with 104.5 The Zone's George Plaster terminating his contract in reaction to that station's purchase by Cumulus.

Follow after the jump for more on that, and a boatload of other items. We have a Swedish interview with defense prospect Mattias Ekholm, news that next year we should see a doubleheader of our own here in Nashville, and the remarkable story of Mike Danton saving a teammate in Sweden from swallowing his tongue after a late hit sent him into a seizure...

Nashville Predators News

Plaster out of The Zone | nashvillepost.com
This is some of the least shocking news we've seen in a while! Counting down to announcement from 102.5 The Game in 3... 2... 1...

Soon the removal van - Sports - dt.se
You'll need to run this one through Google Translate, but it's an interview with Mattias Ekholm, and how his goal is clearly to play in Nashville. He talks about the clause in his contract which allows him to return to Sweden if he doesn't make the NHL squad.

Feschuk: Belak’s family trying to cope with tragic ‘accident’ - thestar.com
Now, even Wade's family is using the term "accident". According to this article, a coroner's report is due within a few weeks.

Twitter / @hfialkov: #flapanthers GM Dale Tallo ...
Cool news here that next September, we'll see a doubleheader at Bridgestone Arena.

Preds On The Glass: POTG Monday Headlines, News and Links: Let's Play Two!
Buddy has another outlet providing updates on today's Preds-Panthers doubleheader for you.

Announcing Cellblock Road Trip IV: Mission to Milwaukee | Section 303
It's only a matter of time before they get their own custom-painted bus and run road trips all season long!

Smashville 24/7: Geoffrion hopes to carry over success
Blake Geoffrion is very much a man on the bubble.

Shea Weber and Vanderbilt sports - Predators Insider
The captain's a Commodores fan...

Spaling on the mend - Predators Insider
Get well soon, Nick.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Close to swallow your tongue - was rescued by Danton - Hockey Expressen
Run this through Google Translate to read the story of how Mike Danton, who is trying to resurrect his hockey career after a stint in prison, saved a teammate from swallowing his own tongue after taking a big hit and going into seizure.

Från NHL till Dalarna - dt.se
And here is Mike Danton's own account of the incident (in English, thankfully).

Site Note - Regarding Illegal NFL Game Streaming - Music City Miracles
This is a policy we're going to have to take up here this season. Illicit video streams of NHL games can't be tolerated. Links posted will be deleted, and users warned. Repeat offenders can be banned.

On Doughty, Turris & leverage, plus 30 Thoughts - Elliotte Friedman
Quality stuff as always from Elliotte, starting off with a look at how two standoff situations might play out.

Quiet? What quiet? Western Conference Preview - Nucks Misconduct
A swing around the personnel moves made around the West this summer...

Perry learning how to play tough and smart - NHL.com
Nobody, but nobody, runs goaltenders like Corey Perry.

FTF Interviews Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson: Part One - Fear The Fin
The Sharks have done a fair amount of retooling this summer, swapping Dany Heatley for Martin Havlat, and sending a package including Devin Setoguchi to Minnesota for defenseman Brent Burns.

Sleektooned Blog Logos 5: Sunday evening edition! - Battle of California
Earl's re-branding efforts hit Long Island, Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg.

Bleacher Report, SBNation Re-Defining the Way We Read About Sports | Bostinnovation
The two major sports blog networks have their eyes on big game.

Puck and Punk: 2011-2012 NHL Color Scales: Green, Purple (sort of), & Natural Tones
Controversy! Does San Jose belong in this article or not?!?

Driving Play: Driving Play Season Preview - Teams 26-23 - The Not-Quite-So-Bad-As-The-Oilers
Well, this is refreshing - a general NHL blogger who doesn't think the Preds are the most boring team in the league!

Video: Adler Mannheim 2011 season trailer - Puck Daddy
Wow... you must see this! 

Avalanche's Hejduk ready to lead young squad - The Globe and Mail
It seems like just yesterday that he was a young sniper making a name for himself alongside the likes of Sakic & Forsberg, but now he's the graybeard in Colorado. I've always liked this guy as a player.

Where to buy Boston Bruins jerseys online | Hockey Gear HQ
Boston's hockey fans are gearing up to cheer on the Bruins this season, and we can point you to the best places to find the hockey jersey of your choice.

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