Friday afternoon notes: The end of a tough week

This afternoon's notes start off with more anonymous sources adding to the Wade Belak story (it seems like almost everything here has been reported that way). We move on from there, however, to Nashville's strong connection with one Canadian province in particular, a look at how two division rivals may set their lineups, a debate over whether Pekka Rinne is the top goalie for fantasy hockey, and a whole lot more...

Nashville Predators News

Feschuk: Belak silently suffered from depression, sources say - thestar.com
Unnamed sources are cited saying that Belak had been on medication for depression. Please exercise caution before using this for speculative fodder.

Hold up, Wade a minute… | hockeygalmilwaukee
Stephanie takes a walk in time back to Belak's days in Toronto, where his star was truly born.

Nashville Predators Affinity with British Columbia | The Predatorial
It does seem like the Preds mostly harvest players from B.C., Sweden/Finland, or New England colleges.

Smashville 24/7: 2011-12 Preview: Colin Wilson
Herein lies the biggest question mark of the season for the Preds...

Around the NHL

Is Pekka Rinne the best goalie in fantasy hockey? - Puck Daddy
Probably not, but he's in the conversation. Someone like Luongo or Vokoun has a greater chance to pile up W's, and of course this all depends on the scoring categories used in the league of your choice. 

Fun with Line Combinations! - The Cannon
There will certainly be some impressive forward lines in Columbus this season.

Red Wings Season Preview: Lidstrom and White - Winging It In Motown
And could this be the top pair on the Detroit blueline?

Pythagorean expectation and the NHL - Nucks Misconduct
I need to dust off some of my old stuff and run projections for the upcoming season.

Winning the Presidents’ Trophy is as easy as playing easy teams - Puck Daddy
With patsies like the Oilers and Avalanche in their division, no wonder the Canucks ran away with the regular season title. Which division is your pick for the lousiest this year?

Another Honest Query - Battle of California
This is an interesting question, in that the acquisition of Mike Richards could really free up Anze Kopitar for a tremendous offensive season.

Puck Daddy chats with Mikhail Grabovski about Maple Leafs’ playoff chances, Phil Kessel, the Canadiens and his next NHL contract - Puck Daddy
What is it with Montreal and Belorussian players stepping up their game once they've left?

Labor Day Sales on hockey equipment & memorabilia | Hockey Gear HQ - reviews & deals on hockey equipment and apparel
There are two great sales available to hockey players and fans this Labor Day 2011 Weekend, and here you'll find the coupon codes needed to take advantage of them.

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