Our morning hockey notes begin today with confirmation that Patric Hornqvist will play for his old Djurgarden team in Sweden's second division, as he has reportedly flown back to his home country already. Meanwhile, Pekka Rinne's agent brings us news as well:
Pekka Rinne will re-join former Karpat goalie coach Ari Hilly with Dinamo Minsk/Belarus— Jay Grossman (@Jay_Grossman) September 25, 2012
Will the last player to leave A-Game Sportsplex turn out the lights?
Nashville Predators News
Professionals insurance paid by Djurgården | Hockey Allsvenskan
Run this through the Google Translator, to read about Djurgarden agreeing to pay for Patric Hornqvist's insurance, clearing the way for his to join his former team. According to this report, he landed in Stockholm earlier today.
Nashville Predators' informal practices lure many from other teams | The Tennessean
The number of guys on the ice at A-Game is dwindling. Meanwhile, Jonathon Blum plans on heading to Milwaukee.
Boclair: Predators get paid before lockout drops market | Nashville City Paper
David Boclair wonders if some of the recent contract signings imply an understand by the players that things will get tougher for them under the new CBA.
Carrie Underwood plans to take latest tour over the top - The Tennessean
Well, at least Mrs. Fisher is one person who is "a little happy" about the lockout.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
Katz Group Visits Seattle - The Copper & Blue
The Oilers ownership spent last night in Seattle, where, coincidentally enough, approval was just given to build a new arena. As if local fans weren't already annoyed with the lockout...
Things That Are Irrelevant: The Worst Arena Deal In The League | mc79hockey.com
Tyler opens up on Daryl Katz with both barrels for playing hardball with the taxpayers in Edmonton.
Down Goes Brown: Other ways that NHL teams are cutting costs during the lockout
"New York Islanders - Have temporarily suspended any spending on improvements to the Nassau Coliseum, retroactive to 1983."
Understanding the NHL's escrow system - The Globe and Mail
Sure, it's pretty much a cure for insomnia, but this is useful info.
How much worse will the Edmonton Oilers’ power play be in 2012-13? | Edmonton Journal
The same argument can be made about the Predators, who had an even higher shooting percentage in 5-on-4 than Edmonton.
Habs wait, prep for Tournée des Joueurs - Montreal Gazette
A host of players are putting on a game to raise money for charity, including former Predator Steve Begin.
Inside the Brooklyn Nets' Barclays Center, the most high-tech stadium in sports | The Verge
Whoa... check out what just might be the future home for the New York Islanders.
Canes Now - Peters unfazed by crowded Checkers net | newsobserver.com blogs
The crowding referred to in the headline is because Dan Ellis has arrived on the scene for a tryout with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers.
NHL lockout: Union uses app to keep players up to speed - Sporting News
The NHLPA is going decidedly high-tech to keep the players engaged with the negotiating process.