Our morning notes kick off with a piece on the first captain of the Nashville Predators, as Tom Fitzgerald was in town for a Preds night at a local comedy club on Monday...
Nashville Predators News
Former Predator Tom Fitzgerald enjoys 'best job' with Pittsburgh | The Tennessean
As a player development guy, Fitzergerald is still busy.
Day in the Life of an Admiral (weekend edition) - JSOnline
Meet Mark Van Guilder...
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
NHL Lockout: TSN’s Bob McKenzie says the gap between the league and NHLPA could be about to get wider | Edmonton Journal
Well this doesn't sound good. At least I'm keeping busy over the Nashville Sports Hub. Stop on by, won't you?
THE BOOK--Playing The Percentages In Baseball
"The solution to stupid owners is smart GMs." Yup, pretty much. You fail, Columbus.
Arrest report: Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan was 'super drunk' in Teletubby costume | MLive.com
If this guy ever makes it to the NHL, I can't wait for the "Tinky Winky" chants when he hits the ice. Or would it be "Drinky Winky"?
Knaack Comes Through And Gives Phoenix Coyotes Another Chance - Five For Howling
Great news for Phoenix Coyotes fans, if the league ever drops the puck again.
Wild employees taking paycuts, going to 4-day work weeks | StarTribune.com
Because, you know, Craig Leipold spent money like a drunken sailor this summer. Of interest here is that "approximately 10% of season-ticket holders have requested refund options".
Ryan Murray to have shoulder surgery, WHL days surely over - Buzzing The Net
The #2 overall pick by the Columbus Blue Jackets has suffered a torn labrum.
Hold your breath, Penguins fans...
Vancouver Canucks: Be careful when looking at Cory Schneider’s stats | The Province
You'd hope that a major network's "stats guy" would understand that some numbers bounce around randomly from one season to the next, while others have more predictive heft behind them. Then again, the networks don't really care about getting the analysis right, they just need to toss out oddities for entertainment's sake.
How do you expect a hockey player to carry himself after a loss? | Backhand Shelf
Justin Bourne takes on the establishment view of how players are supposed to conduct themselves.
The NHL Website's Fan Polling Oddities - Battle of California
Strange things are going on at NHL.com...
Down Goes Brown: A look back at the superstar careers cut short by the last NHL lockout
Mark Messier - Is perhaps best remembered for flashing a huge grin as he was being handed the 1994 Stanley Cup, since it was the last time in history that an NHL player would ever smile near Gary Bettman.