Well, since the NHL isn't playing, at least we can focus on the Nashville Predators' prospects. Our morning notes include stories of success at multiple levels of the development system...
Nashville Predators News
Predators draft pick Brendan Leipsic tones down style for more offense | The Tennessean
The Preds' 3rd-round pick this summer is off to a fine start.
Rookie Development: Watson & Cehlin | The Predatorial
Jeremy highlights the fact that Austin Watson & Patrick Cehlin are leading the way for Milwaukee.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
The NHL's Best (And Worst) Fans - Forbes
According to this report, very few fans are asking for ticket refunds because of the lockout. Are we all just a bunch of whiners?
Forbes and the clean lie | mc79hockey.com
Tyler Dellow demonstrates reason to distrust the Forbes numbers on NHL franchise valuation, which show the Preds as having made a modest improvement. In the absence of anything reliable, many folks jump right in and build analysis off these estimates.
Haggerty: Jacobs should be held responsible - CSNNE.com
A damning portrayal of the Bruins owner as a lockout hawk, and a bit of a bully among the NHL's Board of Governors.
Wild's Harding starts battle with MS | StarTribune.com
Tough news for Josh Harding, as he's been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Greatest Hockey Legends.com: Ted Lindsay's Comments On NHL Lockout
When Terrible Ted speaks, you'd best listen. He led the charge for player rights back in the 1950's, before it was cool.
WHL Drops the Hammer on Portland - Western College Hockey Blog
The Nashville Predators boast a number of Winterhawks alumni, so I'm sure this story is ruffling some feathers within the organization.
SB Nation United Mobile Changes Are Upon Us - Blog Huddle
The mobile version of OTF and the other SB Nation sites have gotten a nice upgrade thanks to our legions of techies... head here for all the details.
And lastly, courtesy of Puck Daddy, a KHL hype video to get the vote out for SKA's players to make the All-Star Game. I wonder why we don't see NHL teams do this?