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Monday's news: Shea Weber's captaincy was a fait accompli

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While a Monday morning after a big win on Opening Night would normally be loaded with optimism, the lingering concern for Nashville Predators fans coming out the Ducks game is the injury which caused Pekka Rinne to leave early in the 3rd period. While we've had multiple reports that he was seen walking without a limp after the game, it remains to be seen whether he'll miss any game time.

After the jump we've got loads of hockey news for you, including a report that indicates that Nashville management had decided to make Shea Weber the new captain even before Jason Arnott was traded in June...

The St. Louis Blues make their first visit to Nashville on Thursday, and the Flying Ovechkins (err... the Washington Capitals) come in Saturday. Use this special offer for OtF readers to save money on Nashville Predators tickets for these, or any other home games this season.

Nashville Predators News

Preds saw Weber's captaincy as foregone conclusion -
John Manasso writes about the Preds' leadership change, but includes an angle on this story not previously reported: that Shea Weber was going to made captain regardless of whether Jason Arnott stayed or not, and the he "could support Shea or not." It was only after that decision was made that Arnott was traded to New Jersey.

Preds On The Glass: A Perspective on The Preds Opening Night Win, POTG Radio Returns, and Monday Round-Up
Buddy's podcast returns tonight with local bloggers Ryan Porth and Amanda DiPaolo.

O’Brien Off To A Good Start With The Predators - Predlines
Amanda provides a good report card for Shane O'Brien so far. After Saturday's morning skate, when I asked him about the Ducks he spoke about the need to take advantage of their undisciplined play, which is exactly what he needs to stay away from himself.

Video: Alex Radulov needs six seconds to score opening goal - Puck Daddy
A little teaser to hold you over until he returns to the NHL.

Francis Bouillon ready to throw in 2010-11 - Nashville Predators Examiner
Don't mess with The Cube! He really stood in there well against Troy Bodie Saturday night, despite giving up 8 inches in height to the Ducks forward.

Predators celebrate Community Day on Monday - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond has all the details on the team's annual day to get out and about. The first 50 fans at each location will get free tickets to Thursday's game against St. Louis.

Nashville Predators backup goalie puts on show against Anaheim Ducks - The Tennessean
Anders Lindback's parents were able to see his unexpected NHL debut on Saturday.

Nashville Predators focus on momentum after opening win - The Tennessean
Can the Preds keep their 1-game winning streak rolling??? Let's call it 4, and include the preseason...

Admirals Handle The Heat, Win 6-2 | Admirals Roundtable
The Milwaukee Admirals got off to a good start, too, including a Linus Klasen goal.

Ads Start Slow Again; Lose 3-2 To Peoria | Admirals Roundtable
It sounds like Mark Dekanich played well in the Admirals' Sunday loss, and what remains to be seen is whether he's recalled to Nashville today.

Around the NHL

Chicago Blackhawks' Marty Turco says confidence not shaken -
The Preds should get their first look at Marty Turco in a Chicago uniform on Wednesday, and he sings the right tune despite opening the season with two losses. Hat tip to Kukla's Korner.

Raise This to your Rafters: Red Wings Win - Winging It In Motown
Detroit spoiled Chicago's banner-raising celebration with a 3-2 win.

Red Light District: Conversation with Bobby Ryan
Ryan Porth chatted up Bobby Ryan about his goals with the Ducks this season, and his Team USA experience at the Winter Olympics earlier this year.

Jen Talks Ducks Fans off the Cliff - Anaheim Calling
Anaheim fans should be concerned about losing their opening two games by a combined score of 8-1, but Jen tries to settle things down.

Who Needs To Panic In the NHL? - Fox Sports Ohio
Is too early for some teams to worry about how they're playing? Probably not, at least for a few teams.

Bobrovsky Has Already Come A Long Way - Broad Street Hockey
Answering the question... What about Bob?

Blue seats stay in redone Garden -
Larry Brooks cries into his beer because teams like the Rangers can't spend their way to "excellence".

Analysis of The Zdeno Chara Contract - Stanley Cup of Chowder
A big contract for a big defenseman...

Florida Youth Hockey Surges - The Copper & Blue
Derek Zona writes that elite talent is starting to develop in the Sunshine State.

Sergio weighs in - Habs Eyes On The Prize
Sergio Momesso carved out a nice career as a role player on some good teams back in the 1980's and 90's, and now joins the Montreal broadcast team.

The Peerless Prognosticator: Greatest Performance in NHL History or Suspension of Laws of Nature?
Wow, that Ilya Bryzgalov is good!

Puck Daddy's 'Create a Sports Illustrated Cover' Contest Gallery 2 - Puck Daddy
A feast for your eyes to help you get through the morning.

Brian Burke reveals his method for Leafs success -
Interesting thoughts from the Toronto GM on managing under the salary cap, and which NFL general manager he turned to for advice on the subject several years ago.

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