We drop the puck on Year Six here at OtF by looking both backwards and forwards this morning.
After the jump, we hear about a new book for young adults which tells of the long road one Nashville Predator took to the NHL, and the first thing the Preds need to tackle on their path ahead as a franchise...
Preds On The Glass: POTG Radio Tonight with Michael Langlois and Monday Updates
Buddy previews tonight's show and also brings word of a new book about Jordin Tootoo
Vendor inspection reports - ESPN
As part of an "Outside the Lines" about the quality of food at sports stadiums, Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and LP Field both come out looking pretty nasty. If Preds chairman Tom Cigarran wants to pursue a vision to have Bridgestone Arena seen as the nation's top sports & entertainment venue, getting this mess straightened out is a necessary (and not very costly) first step.
In Nashville, Matt Halischuk hopes to be reunited with a former teammate - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond writes that there should be at least one familiar face in training camp for the prospect obtained in the Jason Arnott trade.
Give Ryan Parent No Guarantees " PredsBlog
Sam is troubled by Ryan Parent's NHL work so far, and wonders if Jonathan Blum might beat him out for a roster spot this fall.
30 Goals In 30 Days: #4 vs. DAL, Nov. 10 " PredsBlog
Sam highlights a common occurrence from last season - Patric Hornqvist tipping a shot on the way in.
Predators Fans Pushing for Kevin Weekes Signing - The Grinder
By "fans" I think I can only count Buddy from POTG and Jeremy from Section303 who are pushing this idea, but Craig Custance makes note of it.
Nashville gets its first Tennessee player - NHL.com
I'm not sure why they came out with this article now, but it's another "Blake Geoffrion's from Tennessee" piece.
Goalie A Go Go: Goalie A Go Go: It begins.
Interesting stuff here, as SPC decides to learn how to be a goaltender.
Around the NHL
Bettman’s Kovalchuk prosecution merely a temper tantrum - NYPOST.com
Larry Brooks is completely off base when he claims that a front-loaded contract "increases flexibility by leaving money in the system and space under the cap for those signing clubs to add salaries and players." If clubs add more salary, that adds to all the other players' escrow losses even more, and secondly, there are pretty much a fixed number of NHL jobs available. It's not as if the Devils would only dress 18 guys because they were paying Kovalchuk too much. Brooks usually provides good insight to salary cap issues, but not this time.
JUST A BIT OUTSIDE: Isles Clearing Out Honesty | Hockey Independent
BD's not happy at all with the way the Islanders dumped their play-by-play man...
After cancer battle, new challenge for fan: Learning hockey at 40 - Puck Daddy
A wonderful story about a guy who takes stock of his life after cancer treatment and decides to take up the game...
The Hockey News: Wounded veteran chose amputation so he could play hockey
Just an incredible story here, too.
mc79hockey.com - Stephen Mandel is going to make it rain
Less than two years ago, the Oilers were patting themselves on the back for contributing to the NHL's revenue sharing plan because of their business success. But now that they want Edmonton to help them build an arena, they're crying poor.
The Sheldon Souray Mess - The Copper & Blue
Oh, the drama up in Edmonton, as their flashy, overpriced and over-the-hill defenseman wants out.
Building The 1982 Canucks Cinderella Team - Nucks Misconduct
Take a trip through the Wayback Machine (and check out the uniforms while you're at it).
Five Emerging Internet Companies To Know About - CNBC
Keep an eye on #5...