A lot can happen in 14 years: Thursday's notes

One of the lingering questions coming out of the Shea Weber drama is whether this team and this player will truly see things all the way through their new 14-year commitment. Our (belated) hockey notes today start with one local blogger wondering whether that's really all that important...

How to get an NHL jersey customized for just $5 | Hockey Gear HQ
So what are you in the market for? GOOSE #28? USS GILL #75? The deal outlined here (which expires Friday at 11 a.m. Central) is a great way to save while gearing up for the new campaign.

Nashville Predators News

Shea Weber: The Hero Nashville Needs Right Now | PuckScene.com
Does Shea Weber really want to be here long-term? Patten's willing to kick that question down the road. I can't help hearing Bob Seger's We've Got Tonight after reading this one...

Nashville Zoo to host Predators Day for fans | The Tennessean
Mark your calendar for August 26...

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

The Dark Blue Jacket: Quick thoughts on "Before The Battle"
The Blue Jackets are the latest team to film a "behind the scenes" documentary... do you think the Preds should do the same?

Greg Jamison lacks cash needed to run Coyotes after possible purchase - Phoenix Business Journal
It doesn't sound like this is going to be resolved any time soon.

Escrow a nasty word to players - The Globe and Mail
David Shoalts breaks down the escrow issue, but leaves out an important point. A big reason why the players give back money via escrow is because the cap system almost ensures that teams will spend more on player costs in a given season than their 57% share of Hockey Related Revenues. The league calculates a midpoint between the cap and floor for the next season each summer, but more teams end up spend above that mid-point than below it. In addition, the players have always opted to enable a 5% escalator in the cap level above and beyond that calculation, which allows teams to spend even more above that calculated mid-point, leaving Player Costs well in excess of the Players Share every year, and thus requiring escrow to be taken out of every player's paycheck.

Leafs Outdoor Classic Jersey " Berger Bytes
It looks like Toronto will draw inspiration from jerseys of 80 years ago for the upcoming Winter Classic.

5 awesomely terrible hockey romance novel titles | Backhand Shelf

Orlando Solar Bears to celebrate IHL championship 12 years later | Puck Daddy
And who was the coach of that team? Current Predators Associate Coach Peter Horachek...

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