Our afternoon hockey notes bring two gigantic pieces of news. The first was expected, while the second took the Mecca of Hockey by surprise...
Nashville Predators News
Smashville 24/7 - Rinne returns to Nashville ice
Ryan checked with the man himself about all that groin talk.
Preds Players Change Mindset with Condensed Schedule - Nashville Sports Hub
Robby spoke with a number of players at Centennial today to see how they're preparing for the 48-game sprint, including Roman Josi, Colin Wilson, and Brian McGrattan.
With camp set to open, Preds organizational shake up coming. Who’s going where? | Section 303
Jeremy muses over which guys will move up the Preds' ladder as the NHL lumbers to life.
Nashville Predators: Best, Worst, and Likely Scenarios for 2013 - Predlines
Why not get the highs and lows out of the way before the season even starts?
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
NHL owners approve new labour deal - CBC
The players will apparently hold their vote this weekend, but so far, so good. Interestingly, the final CBA document won't be complete until next month.
Brian Burke Fired As GM, Kept On As Corporate Advisor - Pension Plan Puppets
There's nothing like getting a fresh start to the season right before it opens for business, eh?
Duhatschek: Burke always a polarizing figure in Toronto - The Globe and Mail
Burke is a larger-than-life figure, who will certainly be missed by the media there in Toronto. Personally, I don't think he did a great job there and can see why the move was made, but the timing is surprising.
Islanders Defenseman Doesn't Want to Be Pushed Back to N.H.L. - NYTimes.com
Pushed? That's rich. The guy does have a contract, after all.
Mike Modano To Rejoin Dallas Stars Organization - Defending Big D
Dallas is the latest team to welcome a former great player into the fold.
It Looks Like The Sacramento Kings Are Headed To Seattle - Deadspin
Will a hockey team follow?