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While they don't hit the ice until tomorrow (sessions are from 10:00-11:30 at Centennial, Monday-Friday), the Nashville Predators can formally begin work preparing for the 2013 NHL Regular Season as training camp opens today with team meetings and physicals. That story leads off our morning notes...
Nashville Predators News
Nashville Predators hurry up to shape up as camp begins | The Tennessean
There's no time to waste, the Preds need to sort out some lines and get ready for game action.
Predators start process of wooing fans back | The Tennessean
Teresa Walker patrolled the arena yesterday to get a sense of the mood.
Nashville Predators' second-year center Craig Smith shows fourth gear | The Tennessean
I hope Smith's in good shape, but he spent most of the lockout back in his college town. I'd be loaded up on pizza & beer by now.
Q&A With Preds Assistant GM Paul Fenton | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan gets input from Fenton on how the Admirals are shaping up, and how close Austin Watson is to the NHL.
Smashville 24/7 - Call-ups have chance to make early mark
Blum still looks like the odd-man out, but Ryan Ellis will certainly play a major role.
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
NHL training camp: Scott Gomez to stay home, be bought out in summer | Puck Daddy
There had been speculation about this type of move while teams wait for the window to buy out contracts in a few months. Rather than risk seeing him get injured in the minors (leaving the team on the hook for the rest of his contract), Montreal will have Gomez sit out the season.
Islanders Sign Radek Martinek; Strome, Reinhart Among Call Ups For Training Camp | The Hockey Guys
At least Martinek looks like he wants to play on Long Island.
Johnny Canuck returns from the wilderness to celebrate end of NHL lockout (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
This will get the maple syrup pumping through your veins...
Brashear delivers cheap head shot in LNAH game | Backhand Shelf
How very Bertuzzi-like of him.
Watch Henrik Lundqvist rock out to Guns N’ Roses on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
That's one way to use that NHL-NBC tie-in...
And lastly, now we know why Ilya Kovalchuk wanted to stay in Russia. As part of the KHL's All-Star skills competition (details on the game are here), he went up against Alexei Morozov in pairs figure skating:
You know, I give these guys a ton of credit - it's hilarious, but they went out there and had fun with it. Two thumbs up here...