Brendan Shanahan has loomed as the largest figure on the NHL stage this preseason, setting a new standard not just in terms of how severely the league dishes out suspensions for dangerous hits, but by providing an unmatched level of clarity and transparency as to how those decisions are made. For years now, the opening weeks of the season have been dominated by talk of cheap shots and the lack of interest by the league in stopping such hits, but at long last, change may finally be in the air.
So follow after the jump as Shanny dishes out another pair of penalties, and looks to have another up for consideration...
Nashville Predators News
Smashville 24/7: Rinne expresses desire to stay in Nashville
I feel obligated to share stories like this, but as we all know, talk is cheap.
Preds On The Glass: Pekka Rinne Sees Room for Improvement on Vezina Nominee Season
Well, I should hope so, the guy didn't score a goal all year.
Preds On The Glass: POTG Tuesday Headlines, News and Links: Nasty Night in Philly
I like the name which Buddy gives to a potential new cable channel, "Shanahan TV".
Hockey Night in Nashville: Can Kostitsyn, O'Reilly and Erat be a successful line?
Mike Fisher's shoulder troubles open up a huge opportunity for Cal O`Reilly.
Thang Returned; Hunter Goes Home | Admirals Roundtable
A former Admiral joins the coaching ranks.
New tough guy tough to ignore in first action on Predators home ice | Nashville City Paper
Zach Stortini's bombastic game Saturday night drew lots of attention.
Nashville Predators' Blake Geoffrion sees wrist improve - The Tennessean
Boomer's hoping to make it back for one of the final preseason games.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Wisniewski Suspended Rest of Preseason, 8 Regular Season Games - The Cannon
Whoa... and how much did Columbus pay this guy again? This is a pretty stiff suspension, but Wisniewski definitely targeted Clutterbuck's head.
Brad Staubitz Suspended Rest of Preseason; First Three Games of Regular Season - Hockey Wilderness
A nasty boarding gets Staubitz three games...
Tom Sestito faces likely suspension, further blurring camp roster battles - Broad Street Hockey
These guys are really keeping Brendan Shanahan busy these days, aren't they?
Lombardi 'excited' after first contact practice - Toronto Sun
More encouraging news for Matthew Lombardi.
Driving Play: Driving Play Season Preview: 16-19, The Almost Average
It's the Flames, Blues and Predators close together in the Western Conference, which is pretty much what I expect this season.
GoaliePost Update: Top-10 Fantasy Goalies
Pekka's a top-3 candidate here...
Why is this being reported now? - Barry Melrose Rocks
Here's a bit of on-ice taunting from yesteryear (NSFW video included).
Preseason insanity: Simmonds, Avery, Sestito, Rinaldo and Jagr all headline in 5-3 Flyers win - Broad Street Hockey
Oh, and they actually played a hockey game, too.
New York Rangers Breaking News: Rangers Finalize Roster For Europe - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers are part of the European opening games, so they're getting ready to head across the pond. Former Predator Andreas Thuresson was among yesterday's cuts.
Sabres Demote Two, Become Cap Compliant - NHL Hot Stove
Buffalo stashes a couple salaries in the AHL to get under the cap.
Game 5 (X) Recap: Capital(s) Defeat Labor - The Cannon
I can't resist a good economics-based headline.
Post-Game Recap: Jets defeat the Ottawa Senators | Illegal Curve Hockey
Troy Bodie, who took the double-minor which led to those key Nashville power plays Saturday night, scored for the Jets as he tries to earn an NHL job.
2011-2012 Sharks Season Preview: Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Joe Pavelski - Fear The Fin
This is a strong contender for Best Line in the Western Conference.
Jets make the most of gruelling schedule - National Post
It's surprising to see that while leaving them in the Southeast Division sounds strange, the Jets don't actually have an absurdly nasty travel schedule this season. Thanks to Ed Tait for referencing my NHL Super Schedule.
Lowetide: Would You Offer Sheet Doughty?
You know, the Oilers could do a lot worse than adding a star to their blueline like this, or at least putting the pressure on Los Angeles.
Post-Lockout Save Percentages - The Copper & Blue
A really good demonstration here of just how league-wide save percentages have climbed in recent years. What's the solution? Keep trimming the pad sizes (my choice)? Go to a bigger net?
Down Goes Brown: Tips for dominating your fantasy hockey draft
You know, the real tip is to check out my eBook on fantasy hockey draft strategy...