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For the middle of August, there's a surprising amount of Nashville Predators reading available for you this morning. has plenty of features on the team as part of their league-wide series of reviews, there are updates from the farm clubs in Milwaukee and Cincinnati, Shea Weber receives a hometown hero's welcome, there's a review of which hockey players do a better or worse job interacting with fans on Twitter, and a former Nashville goalie shows how to alienate your fans in 140 characters or less...

Predators News

Predators want to take next step into elite status -
Shawn P. Roarke points out the young leaders who can carry Nashville over the next several years.

A brief history: Nashville Predators -
It may not be a very long road, but it is a winding one.

Healthy again, Zach Budish making most of opportunity -
The big prospect is just getting rolling at the University of Minnesota. There's also a nice sidebar piece on Austin Watson here.

Roundup: Ehgoetz, Desjardins, affiliates, Jeremy Smith? " CYCWORDS
Dannielle has the scoop on recent news with the Preds' ECHL affiliate, the Cincinnati Cyclones, including a return for the team's captain, Barret Ehgoetz.

30 in 30: Nashville Predators -
Corey Pronman looks at the Preds' prospect system, giving high marks in particular to Austin Watson and Taylor Beck. - Weber gives 100 per cent for the fans
Shea Weber returns to his hometown with a gold medal from the Olympics and a "C" from the Predators. Pretty rocking stuff, indeed.

Paul McCann - Predators Foundation and Random Notes
Paul highlights a new initiative from the team's charitable arm.

Mt. Puckmore - Milwaukee Admirals
Aaron Sims wonders which four faces would grace the Milwaukee version of Mt. Puckmore.

Preds On The Glass: Duncan Keith Speaks after Winning the 2010 Norris Trophy and Wednesday Wrap-Up
Buddy's morning post includes more of his video from the NHL Awards in June.

Around the NHL

Ms. Conduct: The one where I go off on pro hockey players who suck at Twitter but either don't know it or don't care
Some get it, some don't.

What The Puck: In His Defense: A Cautionary Twitter Tale
Here's one for the "don't" column - Rachel has Dan Ellis's back after a bit of a kerfuffle on Twitter yesterday afternoon. It started with Ellis defending his salary because he's a highly trained specialist, like a brain surgeon. That's OK, but his reaction to some of the people who made the obvious "brain surgeons are more important to society" argument was completely juvenile and made him look like a jackass. Sorry, Dan, it was not a good day for you.

What We Learned: The Hockey News 2010-11 Yearbook - From The Rink
And what did we learn? THN still doesn't respect the Preds.

10 Ways to Help Make the Barilkosphere a Better Place - Pension Plan Puppets
These are good points not just in Toronto, but for hockey bloggers (and commenters) everywhere.

The Dark Blue Jacket: Time to step up: Derick Brassard
Can Columbus get more out of their young, inconsistent center?

The State of the Oilogosphere, August 2010 - Cult of Hockey
An exhaustive survey of the most-developed blogging community in the NHL.

EHFD: National League A - Puck Worlds
Get the scoop on the league that spawned Predators prospect Roman Josi...

Ten Things To Look Forward To In 2010-2011 - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Hayley's list almost makes you want to watch a Calgary Flames game. Almost.

Lowetide: The News Is Out (All Over Town)- Edmonton Oilers
Oiler fans shouldn't expect much change in the year ahead. Another basement finish, another lottery pick.

Prudential Center For Sale " Michelle Kenneth's Hockey & Musings
Big trouble in New Jersey, as the City of Newark has a huge budget gap, and is looking to sell off the Devils' arena to close it.

Understanding Subsequent Challenges To NHL Contracts - SportsMoney
A Forbes blogger looks at the mechanisms within the CBA which govern the league's ability to go back and examine contracts like Marian Hossa's and Roberto Luongo's.

Six rules changes we're excited to see tested at NHL camp - Puck Daddy
Greg looks at what's cooking in the NHL labs.

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