While the hockey world looks forward to the opening of the Stanley Cup Final tonight (7:00 p.m. Central on NBC), front office staff from around the NHL are working to prepare for the upcoming Draft. Besides a Scouting Combine taking place in Toronto this week, there is also the matter of tying up loose ends from the 2010 draft. Players unsigned after two years go back into the pool, and the Predators have one such player in Sweden's Patrick Cehlin.
That story leads off our hockey notes this morning...
Nashville Predators News
June 1st Signing Deadline - Hockey Prospectus
The clock is ticking for players drafted in 2010 to get signed by their teams, or else they can go back into the draft. For Nashville, Swedish winger Patrick Cehlin is on that list, but it's not like he's tearing up the Swedish Elite League as of late.
Preds On The Glass: POTG Stanley Cup Finals Predictions
I really should have made a post setting up this series, but in lieu of that I'll just say the Kings should steamroll New Jersey.
A Tail of the Predators Offseason - Predlines
Do we have a poet laureate for Smashville? One can hope.
Hockey Night in Nashville: Blum has something to prove in 2012-2013 season
Can Blum bounce back? He's up next on my season review list, if I can ever get back to it.
Paul McCann - Finals start tomorrow!
Besides setting up the series, Paul shares info on the special fundraiser taking place tonight at Tin Roof.
Carrie Underwood and Ottawa Hockey Fans Make Nice - The Boot
Peace in our time... who'da thunk it?
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Superstitious Sutter a slave to routine - The Globe and Mail
Darryl Sutter landed in the right job, at the right time.
Witch’s Blue — Building a Stanley Cup calibre blueline, Lou Lamoriello Edition | Edmonton Journal
Wow, pretty much the opposite of the Nashville model here.
The Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, and looking forward to the Stanley Cup finals - Grantland
Can Brodeur win another Cup, 17 years after his first?
KuklasKorner : Media Battle
You've got to pay a physical price to get the job done during the Stanley Cup Final, even if you're part of the media. Good thing this wasn't a pair of bloggers, or else we'd never hear the end of it.
Gallagher: NHL owners likely seen as the greedy ones this time around in CBA talks - The Province
With a salary cap in place and revenues growing steadily year by year, it's hard for the owners to argue that they "need" the players to make concessions.
Chris Jones takes the Stanley Cup to Port Hope - ESPN The Magazine
If you ever have the chance to see the Cup, take it.
Blackhawks’ GM Bowman admits disappointment over Patrick Kane’s adventures in Wisconsin | Puck Daddy
Disappointment... over not being invited along?
Lastly, here's my latest for the SB Nation YouTube channel on some individual stories to follow during the Cup Final: