The Preds' Development Camp opens up to the public for a workout from 10:00-noon at Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville today, and it's a great opportunity to watch the future of the franchise in action. You can catch a host of recent draftees as they practice under the watchful eye of the Predators' coaching staff.
After the jump, we've got your morning hockey notes, including a developing logjam on the Predators' roster, reaction to yesterday's Sergei Kostitsyn signing, and a look at what the rest of the Central Division is up to these days...
Minor Penalty- Too Many Men On Ice | Hockey Independent
David counts up all the guys on one-way contracts and wonders who will be left without a roster spot once the music stops.
Bob Boughner’s move to NHL coaching ranks is bittersweet for Ryan Ellis - Nashville Predators Examiner
As Columbus gains an assistant, the Preds' elite defensive prospect loses his junior coach.
Preds On The Glass: Poile Pushing for GM of the Year with Kostitsyn Signing
Buddy's ready to pencil in the Preds GM for the 2011 award based on what he's done recently.
Preds On The Glass: Taylor Hall Skates at the Oilers Development Camp and Wednesday Wrap-Up
Buddy's back on the beat with his morning links, including video of Taylor Hall from the NHL Draft.
Nashville Predators Austin Watson wants to stay - The Tennessean
Bryan Mullen profiles the Preds' 1st-round draft pick, who assuredly needs more time in junior to develop into his big frame.
Around the NHL
Homophobia And Discrimination In Hockey - Why The NHL And NHLPA Need To Step Up - The Copper & Blue
Derek Zona reflects on responses to his recent Father's Day article about Brian and Brendan Burke, and the acceptance (or lack thereof) of homosexuality in sports. Strong stuff here, that's highly recommended.
Devils Really Don’t Need Ilya Kovalchuk | PuckUpdate
This whole "Kovalchuk frenzy" hasn't been so frenzied, has it? Very few teams are enthusiastically pursuing the big goal-scorer.
Chicago Blackhawks: Rebuilding or Reloading?
Matt looks at all the moves Chicago has done to get under the salary cap and wonders what it means for their title defense.
Columbus is still tangled up in drama over young sniper Nikita Filatov. Can they get him to come back to North America? Should they trade his rights if they do?
Blues overpay for Jaroslav, but not by much - Behind The Net
St. Louis locks up their new goaltender Jaroslav Halak with a reasonable 4-year, $15 million contract.
FAN POST: Why Isles should sign Bobby Ryan to an offer sheet | Hockey Independent
Should the Islanders tender an offer sheet for Anaheim's prize winger?
Best day of the summer: Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi, all on the ice, all at once, all Oilers. - Cult of Hockey
With #1 overall draft pick Taylor Hall in the fold, development camp in Edmonton is getting the fans pumped up.
More on Stars left wing Fabian Brunnstrom filing for salary arbitration - The Dallas Morning News
The Stars' Swedish sophomore had a disappointing 2009-10 season, so agreeing on a new contract could prove difficult.
A Trip Down Memory Lane - Fear The Fin
The defense has been a concern in San Jose for quite a while, and Mr. Plank still ain't happy.
Chatting with Dave Naylor about TSN's 'Why Not Canada?' project, chances NHL adds franchises in Canadian markets - Puck Daddy
After reading this overview, I highly recommend checking out this series which examines the viability of four various Canadian markets for a new NHL team.
Stay Classy Caps | The Hockey Writers
Washington recently won its 4th consecutive award for Best Media Relations in the NHL.