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Weekend notes: Beat the heat by focusing on hockey

Well aren't you lucky? There's so much going on in the NHL these days that you get an extra serving of Breakfast Links this Saturday morning. While you're here, don't forget to chime in on our weekend conversation about which types of NHL players are the most over-hyped.

Follow after the jump for a look back at one of Nashville's all-time great highlights, an examination of whether David Legwand and Martin Erat should really play together, and where Shea Weber ranks among the game's great defensemen...

Predators News

Sports Memories And Playoff Hockey - Predlines
Nathan recalls a landmark moment in Nashville Predators history, the first playoff goal scored on home ice.

The Legwand/Erat Chemistry Myth - PredsBlog
Sam takes a look at whether #10 and #11 are more effective together than apart.

Crowning Kings' Doughty as NHL's Best Defenseman - Versus
Shea Weber makes Adrian Dater's latest Top 10 list, but I do agree with Dater that Big #6 has to ratchet things up a bit to be considered a Norris Trophy finalist.

NHL: Offseason report: Top wings to watch - ESPN
Scott Burnside includes a Nashville Predator in his wingers to keep an eye on next season.

And here's video #2 of Gnash's "summer intern" series...

Around the NHL

EHFD: Deutsche Eishockey Liga - Puck Worlds
How awesome is a hockey league with a team named after Grizzly Adams? Uber-awesome!

Down Goes Brown: Other NHL player grievances
DGB finds that the NHLPA has more to complain about than the Kovalchuk contract. Among others: "there are still between 20 to 25 players at any given time who are being forced to play in Edmonton."

What's your favorite off-ice hockey memory? - From The Rink
A wonderfully off-beat commentary on what it's like to be a hockey fan.

Isles acquire Wisniewski; meet cap floor -
Hours after waiving Brendan Witt, the New York Islanders traded for Anaheim defenseman James Wisniewksi. A solid pickup for the Isles as they try to assemble some quality around their budding young talent. For the Ducks, they have a lot of work to do as they completely transform their blueline.

SLAM! Sports - The curious case of White and the missing $5 bill
If you ever wondered just how insane the management is up in Calgary, consider defenseman Ian White's new contract. He wanted $3 million, but the Flames wouldn't give it to him. With a straight face, however, they say they're happy giving him $2,999,995 instead.

What's up doc? How about minding how Flames players think - Calgary Sun
Calgary hires a mental development coach. Sadly for them, he'll work with the players, not the front office.

Former Red Wing Sergei Fedorov's lawsuit against Hyman Lippit law firm unsuccessful -
Despite a lucrative NHL career that set the high-water mark for Russian accomplishment in North America, Sergei Fedorov is basically broke. Sad stuff for the greatest hockey player I've ever seen in person.

The dark cloud still lingers - Winging It In Motown
Casey wonders if Todd Bertuzzi can ever shake off the reputation earned in the Steve Moore incident.

Krueger joins Oilers as associate coach - Montreal Gazette
Edmonton brings in an old hand from across the Atlantic to help Tom Renney behind the Oilers bench.

Where Players Spend their Time in the Offensive Zone - Behind The Net
A good visual indicator for how forwards and defensemen compare in terms of shot location.

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