Tuesday's Dump & Chase: Lockout Has an Upside for Older Preds

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Today our hockey notes begin with a look at how this extra time off could end up helping the Nashville Predators, as some of the players get competitive action overseas, while older veterans rest up for the campaign.

Nashville Predators News

While Europe beckons some, most Predators stay put, get healthy | Nashville City Paper
There's probably a bright side to all this for the older guys, like time with family (Chris Mason) or the chance to strengthen up. Remember how Mike Fisher had shoulder surgery last year? Now he's had a full summer to get up to 100%, and his best days as a Predator may well lie ahead.

The Milwaukee report - Predators Insider
Josh Cooper gets the skinny straight from head coach Dean Evason.

Sports-Related Concussions | The Tennessean
We focus a great deal on the issue of concussions at the NHL level, but when you consider youth sports, the situation can be much scarier. Medical staff aren't available as with the pros, and the injuries can be even more severe.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Ice Cold War | PuckBuddys
Take a trip back in time to when President Jack Kennedy worried over how badly the US hockey team got stomped by the Swedes. (found via Puck Daddy)

30 Thoughts: NHL lockout enters crucial week | Hockey | CBC Sports
Ah, it's good to have a dose of Quality Time, it's been missing over the last few weeks.

In Russia, N.H.L. Players Get Chance to Wear a Famous Number - NYTimes.com
Washington's Nicklas Backstrom set tongues a'wagging by donning the 99 for Dynamo Moscow.

With his two-way dominance, Justin Schultz is the Drew Doughty of the AHL | Edmonton Journal
You know we're desperate for hockey when people get giddy about prospects after only one week of AHL action.

The Big Bang: Son of rock legend Rod Stewart among young prospects dreaming of NHL career - The Globe and Mail
Hockey talent continues to bubble up from the unlikeliest of places.

Blackhawks players to play in charity game at Allstate Arena on Oct. 26 - Inside the Blackhawks
Our old pal Ryan Suter will suit up against some ex-Chicago players in this one.

Watch what I do, not what I say - The Globe and Mail
Sean Gordon sees reason for hope increased in the increased clout that broadcast partners and corporate sponsors may have today as compared to 2004.

This week is as big as they come for NHL - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun sees a potential path towards a deal, but the two sides had better get moving.

Impact of changing teams on a player's point total | NHLNumbers.com
Eric dares to actually look for evidence to answer the question of how Rick Nash will fare in New York.

Chicken and Pasta and Cheese (Or, the Boringness of Hockey Life) | Backhand Shelf
Maybe hockey players give boring quotes because they lead boring lives?

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