It's always fun to find a reason to use this pic.
For those wondering just how serious the Nashville Predators might be about matching the Philadelphia Flyers' offer sheet on Shea Weber, some insight from another general manager involved in the hunt might help.
After the jump, our afternoon hockey notes kick off with what the Vancouver Canucks GM has to say, and why the Canucks backed off from making an offer on the Preds captain...
Nashville Predators News
Mike Gillis talks Weber, Doan and Luongo - The Globe and Mail
The Vancouver GM makes it sound like Shea Weber's goal was to indeed land a long-term, lucrative contract before the new CBA changes things, and the Canucks didn't put forth an offer sheet because they expected that the Predators would match it. Highly recommended reading here!
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Rick Nash Traded to New York Rangers - The Cannon
Check here for fan reaction out of Columbus.
With Nail Yakupov signed are the Edmonton Oilers set for next season? | Edmonton Journal
The #1 overall pick signs his entry-level deal.
VERSTEEG FINDS A HOME: High-scoring Winger Signs Long-Term Pact with Panthers | On Frozen Pond
It looks like the former Blackhawk has found a happy place in Sunrise.
Canes Now - Bowman signed to 2-year contract | newsobserver.com blogs
Carolina re-signs the 23-year-old forward.
Lubomir Visnovsky Files with NHLPA to Void New York Islanders Trade - Lighthouse Hockey
Could it get any more embarrassing for the Islanders?
The importance of quality of competition | NHLNumbers.com
Outstanding analysis here by Eric - when I started adjusting Corsi for Zone Starts last year, I left out Quality of Competition because I didn't see any significant effect there, and Eric confirms that it's because in the aggregate, players don't really face that broad of a difference in competition.
Memorial Cup replica badly damaged during Shawinigan Cataractes’ celebrations (UPDATED) - Buzzing The Net
Come on, boys, have a good time and all, but don't let it get out of control!
Convention Wrap Up - Blackhawk Up
Chicago had their annual summer convention, and Marian Hossa sounds hopeful that he'll be ready to play after taking that brutal head shot by Raffi Torres during the playoffs.