Wednesday's notes: Wardo comes home

Tonight's preseason tilt at Bridgestone Arena features the return of Joel Ward, one of the more popular Predators of recent years. Our morning hockey news includes a look at his prospects for the upcoming season, suspensions being handed out (and not being handed out) by league officials, and a whole lot more!

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: POTG Wednesday Headlines, News and Links: Tickets Available for Preds-Caps Tonight
Buddy's up and at 'em...

Preds On The Glass: Mike "Doc" Emrick Visits This Week's RLD Hockey Talk
It looks like Ryan & Buddy landed a major guest...

Inside Smashville " Predators defensemen not worried about new additions to blue line
So much for all that buzz over the summer about having a rookie 3rd pair, huh? At least one of Jack Hillen or Tyler Sloan appear set to break up that notion. 

The NHL’s Billy Beane: David Poile’s Wizardry Part Three | The Predatorial
Jeremy notes the number of Preds who have made significant contributions despite being drafted in the later rounds.

Outside Contribution – A Tribute to David Legwand | The Predatorial
An artistic nod to the Original Predator.

Thang assigned to Milwaukee, Roster at 32 – Who Makes the Final Cut? | The Predatorial
Kris takes his shot at projecting the Opening Night roster.

About Predators AJenda - Predators AJenda
AJ puts a new name up on the marquee...

PredGold: Shoot the Puck!
Yup... getting more shots on net is key, but the question then becomes, how do the Preds do that more effectively?

Central Division Preview | Bloggers Q&A - NHL Hot Stove
Mark Willoughby (of The View From 111) represents Nashville here...

Experts agree: Weber will win Norris Trophy - NHL.com
...and I'd bet that will make him much more difficult for the Preds to sign long-term.

Fun and games finished, Rinne focuses only on a full game | Nashville City Paper
Pekka is slowly ramping up to speed.

Cuts not expected and notes - Predators Insider
Given the injury situation, it may be a while before we see more cuts.

Joel Ward returns to town — with Washington Capitals - The Tennessean
I expect he'll receive a rousing ovation from the Bridgestone Arena crowd.

The Peerless Prognosticator: Washington Capitals 2011-2012 Previews: Joel Ward
In case, you know... you miss him.

Sergei Kostitsyn set to play bigger role for Nashville Predators - The Tennessean
Starting off the (shoot) season playing on one of the (shoot) top scoring lines rather than having to (shoot) work his way up the depth chart (shoot) should help SK74 this (shoot) year.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL: No punishment for Wayne Simmonds after alleged slur - Puck Daddy
Boys will be boys, I suppose. Louis CK has a YouTube video (totally NSFW) about the use of this slur which I think neatly captures the essence of the issue.

A Theory of Ice: Hockey Exegesis #0: The Muqaddimah

So, so, so true! 

Florida Panthers Rally, Lose 4-3 in OT to Dallas Stars ... Teams Combine for 24 Penalties | On Frozen Pond
Well, this was a chippy affair.

Flames 2, Islanders B Squad 0: So we watched Strome and Kabanov - Lighthouse Hockey
Evgeni Nabokov hit the crease for the Islanders last night.

Oilers 3- Coyotes 2, These Kids Are Good - The Copper & Blue
There are surely going to be many nights when fans in Edmonton wax optimistic like this. And many more in which they remember that this group still has a long ways to go.

IS KANSAS CITY READY FOR A PRO-HOCKEY TEAM - WDAF
After hosting another neutral site preseason game, the folks in Kansas City consider the possibility of bringing in a permanent team. They're really on the back burner, though, as it sounds more like Quebec City is working feverishly toward that goal.

Connected by Facebook, Islanders Prospect Joins Fans for Night of Roller Hockey - NYTimes.com
How cool is this?

Lowetide: Gagner's Injury
Troubling news for the Oilers here.

Leafs Nazem Kadri gets his chance - The Globe and Mail
Watch out for Kadri, he could make quite an impression with Toronto this season.

Fantasy bounce-back candidates for 2011-12 season - Fantasy News
They well could have included Patric Hornqvist here.

Rocky meets Bollywood - Ottawa Citizen
Rob Lowe returns to the world of hockey movies (remember Youngblood?).

Well, This Is Weird: Study Says NHLers Wearing Black Sweaters Are More Aggressive | The Hockey Writers
Isn't this part of why the L.A. Kings justified the move to black jerseys during the Gretzky years? To make them tougher? I seem to remember something like that.

OHL: Will providing a rationale for suspensions yield more respect? - Buzzing The Net
It looks like junior hockey will follow the NHL's lead here. 

And here's Brendan Shanahan again, dropping a big suspension on J.F. Jacques of the Anaheim Ducks:

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