While an assortment of NHL players & owners are meeting today, tomorrow brings a Board of Governors meeting that could result in major developments in NHL Lockout 2012. The SB Nation hockey sites are publishing open letters to ownership ahead of that meeting (you can find mine here), but while we wait to see what happens, delve into your morning hockey notes, which includes recognition of two Nashville Predators draftees who are trying out for their World Junior Championship teams...
Nashville Predators News
Nashville Hockey Community Mourns Loss - Nashville Predators
Locals are grieving the passing of John Latreille, an important figure in the growth of youth hockey here in Nashville.
Hockey Canada names selection camp roster for world junior championship - Buzzing The Net
Nashville's 2nd-round draft pick from this summer, Colton Sissons, is in the mix.
USA Hockey Announces 2013 World Juniors Preliminary Roster - Western College Hockey Blog
Preds prospect Jimmy Vesey is also in the to wear the red, white & blue.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
John Collins, NHL COO, could be costly lockout casualty for Bettman | Puck Daddy
Read this and ask yourself to what extent this dynamic could play out at the local level, too. What if some of the Predators' business staff decided to leave?
Down Goes Brown: The NHLPA's advance scouting report on today's session with NHL owners
Ron Burkle, Pittsburgh Penguins: Strength: Unlike everyone else in the room, will probably try really hard not to fall asleep the second Sidney Crosby starts talking.
Hearsay: Ted Lindsay fears for the NHL - sportsnet.ca
Forget owners vs. players. just put Gary Bettman & Don Fehr in a room with Ted Lindsay and an old wooden hockey stick. You'd have a new CBA in no time.
Debate: Owners-players meeting will be pivotal - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
...or it could be just another day. Scott Burnside & Pierre LeBrun walk through the particulars heading into this afternoon's meeting.
NHL - Decertification is no easy route for NHLPA - ESPN
If you still care enough to make it through the whole thing, this is an outstanding overview of the issues surrounding NHLPA decertification, which may be on the table in the coming weeks.
Ice-O-Topes women’s hockey team recreate classic photos in 2013 pin-up calendar | Puck Daddy
Now this is creative stuff...
Adjusting Time On-Ice: Can 5v5% Tell Us More About TOI? | NHLNumbers.com
A slight refinement to the treatment of ice time casts Brian McGrattan in a pretty poor light.