Friday's notes: Honoring the life of Wade Belak

Smashville is obviously still in mourning, and today I'd just like to encourage Predators fans to consider making a charitable donation to a scholarship fund for Wade Belak's daughters, or the effort  headed up by Puckscene to benefit the charity Wade was going to support on "Battle of the Blades".

While you ponder whether to make a contribution, you can listen to this wonderful tribute that was aired on 104.5 The Zone yesterday, and follow after the jump for your morning hockey news.

Wade Belak tribute 1045 The Zone (mp3)

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: POTG Friday Headlines, News, and Links
Buddy's morning links remind folks of the charity drive that Puckscene is spearheading to honor Wade Belak's memory (it's just $3, please consider giving).

Nashville Predators mourn loss of Wade Belak - The Tennessean
Josh Cooper spoke with an emotional David Legwand about the sudden loss of his former teammate.

Twitter / @LukeDeCock: Canes and Preds will each ...
Luke DeCock reports that the Predators and Hurricanes will each broadcast 40 games into the Atlanta market this season.

Around the NHL

Jumping To Conclusions: Concussions, Suicides and CTE - The Copper & Blue
Derek advises people to wait for the facts before jumping on the league or NHLPA for perceived failures.

Jets' Byfuglien arrested on suspicion of intoxicated boating - TSN
This isn't good... also notable were reports that he weighed 286 pounds when booked. How much weight can he reasonably drop by the time the season starts in just over a month?

For A Grieving NHL, Dustin Byfuglien's Drunken Boating Arrest Should Be No Laughing Matter - Deadspin
I'll give Deadspin some credit for being bang-on here; rather than focus on Byfuglien's weight, as I just did, this should be treated as seriously as a drunk-driving arrest, a serious lapse of judgment that endangered lives.

Rinne emerges as new No. 1 fantasy goaltender - NHL.com
Are they trying to flatter us? First, Shea Weber is their #1 D, then this...

A Theory of Ice: On Clutch and Choking
So many great words and phrases in here: "clutchhood" and "psychic gag reflex".

How could you? How could you? The Red Wings and Amway. | Hockey Independent
At what point does a corporate sponsorship go too far, and have the Red Wings picked the wrong partner here?

Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin signs endorsement deal with Nike - The Washington Post
Just shoot it?

Puckhead's Thoughts: New Look Divsion - Hurricanes
It might be a good idea to pay close attention to the Southeast this season, considering the possibility that the Preds could be realigned into that division next year.

A conversation with Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos - Lightning Strikes | tampabay.com & St. Petersburg Times
The game's brightest young star is ready to get back to work.

NY Islanders: A Recipe for Success? | Hockey Independent
I find myself pulling for the Islanders as a dark horse more and more as the season approaches.

An Avalanche of Stats (Part 4: Plus/Minus and Puck Possession) - Mile High Hockey
Is there reason for optimism in Colorado?

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