Friday's Dump & Chase: Preds Bloggers Go Road Tripping

With no prospect of seeing NHL action in town any time soon, a few Nashville Predators bloggers are organizing a trip to go see Tennessee's only active professional hockey team, and that story leads off our morning notes...

Nashville Predators News

Announcing the November 17 Smashville Express to Knoxville |
So they're loadin' up the bus and they're moving through Tennessee... Knoxville, that is... Ice Bears... River Kings... For those of you who are really starving for some hockey action, some of the local bloggers are putting together a bus trip for a Preds-themed night with the SPHL's Knoxville Ice Bears.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Winter Classic demise would ensure mutual self-destruction - USA Today
Kevin Allen ponders the implications should the NHL actually cancel the Winter Classic, which was widely expected to happen today.

Despite NHL lockout, Winter Classic not dead yet - The Globe and Mail
Now, however, David Shoalts is saying the cancellation could wait another couple weeks. Oh, these fanciful "deadlines" rolled out by the NHL are a hoot, aren't they?

Mediator won't be brought in just yet - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh... the players are hanging tough. Pierre LeBrun touched base with a couple players after an NHLPA conference call.

Will NHL fans cancel season tickets even if the lockout’s settled? | Puck Daddy
Call me cynical, but I don't think many will cancel, and thus the owners & players can continue feeling confident that the fans will come back no matter how long this lasts, cash in hand.

NHL Attendances Following a Work Stoppage - The Hockey Writers
History tells us the fans will be back, in droves.

Oilers’ prospect Brandon Davidson diagnosed with testicular cancer | Edmonton Journal
In a remarkable coincidence, this news comes out just as Movember, the fund-raising drive aimed at men's health issues like prostate and testicular cancer, gets underway. Best of luck to Davidson with his treatments.

CHLPA a tale of multiple identities? - Yahoo! Sports Canada
As if they didn't already look oddball enough, now there are questions about who exactly the people are who purport to work for this upstart junior hockey players union.

Laraque leaves as junior-hockey union drive on brink of collapse - The Globe and Mail
After those questions surfaced, CHLPA executive director George Laraque is stepping down, saying it needs to be turned over to "a real professional".

Edmonton Oilers hockey boss Kevin Lowe addresses Bob Stauffer’s "Wow" trade rumour: "We’re going to have to make some touch choices and maybe move some players." | Edmonton Journal
Edmonton's radio analyst teased a major trade to be made by the Oilers as soon as the lockout ends, so speculation is running rampant up there.

The story of a goalie who tried to (actually) eat a hockey puck | Backhand Shelf
And now for something completely different...

Stats article reference library main page |
Bookmark this one, it could prove to be an invaluable resource for the stats-savvy among you.

Halloween costumes inspired by the NHL lockout; you’ll laugh, you’ll cry (PHOTOS) | Puck Daddy
The only guys making money off the lockout are the padlock companies. How many hockey jerseys with chains & a lock can you take?

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