Putting the "Ek" in Expectations: Monday's Notes

SUNRISE, FL - SEPTEMBER 19: Mattias Ekholm #42 assists goaltender Atte Engren #36 of the Nashville Predators defend the net against a shot by the Florida Panthers on September 19, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

And now for something completely different.

Our morning hockey notes start off with a distraction from the Shea Weber saga, as defensive prospect Mattias Ekholm looks ahead to his first full year of North American hockey, after a vicious tongue-lashing from Barry Trotz came at the end of his NHL stint last fall...

Nashville Predators News

NHL Swedish back in the team after sawing - Expressen.se
Run this one through the Google Translator, for a story on how Mattias Ekholm is ready to put the episode from last year behind him.

Silence from Predators regarding Shea Weber is speaking volumes - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond's sick of hearing Weber's agent doing all the talking.

Shea Weber Will Likely Collect All of the Predators' Ticket Revenue Next Season if They Match the Flyers' Offer - Crossing Broad
Included here is a purported profit/loss statement from a couple years ago that highlights the financial disparity between the Preds & the Flyers.

New Jersey Devils Podcast Talking Red: Episode 78 - New Coaches & Players Re-Signed - In Lou We Trust
SB Nation's Devils podcast chatted up Sam about Suter, Weber, and... Matt Halischuk.

Flyers have put Poile, Preds in a no-win situation… | Section 303
Like it or not, this is a contract the Predators must agree to, writes Jeremy.

It’s Nashville Predators day on PHT | ProHockeyTalk
PHT devoted a number of articles to the Preds yesterday.

Note: It looked like there were some interesting articles at the Tennessean this morning, but thanks to the new paywall, I can't read them.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Does Dean Lombardi want to stand pat? - Jewels From The Crown
While they keep the whole gang together in L.A., or introduce some change to keep things from getting stale?

Tracers: Theo Peckham | mc79hockey.com
Parsing the logic of a tough guy who feels comfortable heading to the box, perhaps too comfortable.

An Open Letter to HockeyyInsiderr - The Hockey Guys
It's hard to get excited when they get one of their stories right when they get a zillion other ones wrong along the way.

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