The Nashville hockey community let out a huge sigh of relief with yesterday's news of the Patric Hornqvist signing, so with the roster almost complete we can start looking ahead to training camp, which is just 3 weeks away.
After the jump we've got a great way for Preds fans to save some money while helping local schools, reports from the World Hockey Summit, and what is surely the worst selection in Puck Daddy's "Mt. Puckmore" series so far...
Over the last few weeks kids around Middle Tennessee have been heading back to school, and that means that school fundraisers are coming around as well. There's one in particular that I'd recommend Predators fans keep an eye out for, the Nashville City Saver book. For $25, you get coupons and discounts from hundreds of businesses in the area, and this year, the Predators are included as well.
On page 279 are two Preds coupons. One is a "buy one, get one free" for Goal Zone seats ($31), offered for any one of 8 specific home games. Also, there's one for a free hot dog & soda with the purchase of a regularly priced ticket. Right there, you've already saved enough to pay for the book in the first place.
You'll also find offers from some of the places featured in our discussion of best places to go in Nashville before and after a Preds game. Otter's Chicken, for example, is in there, as well as McFadden's. If you like to grab a bite on your way to a hockey game, there are tons of "buy one, get one free" options available.
In the interest of full disclosure I was sent one of these books and asked to help get the word out, but I've bought them in the past. They're a great bargain, particularly for couples & families.
Patric Hornqvist thrilled to stay in Nashville for three more seasons - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond spoke with Hornqvist shortly after his new deal was announced.
Preds and Zanies team up for "Bumps & Bruises" encore… | Section 303
By all reports this was a dynamite evening last year, so mark September 26 on your calendar and get ready for a fun night of hockey humor.
Paul McCann - Hornqvist and Random Notes
Paul has a variety of links up this morning, including one on former Pred defenseman Bob Boughner.
Preds On The Glass: Predators Almost Ready for Camp with Hornqvist Signing
Buddy has his morning links up, which includes his appearance on RLD Radio.
Red Light District: Fantasy Top 5: Breakout Players
Ryan pegs a Pred for one of the top candidates to make an impact this year.
Central Division Shakedown - Predlines
I think it's safe to say that the Preds had the best signing in the Central this week (unless you count Chicago catapulting Cristobal Huet and his contract across the Atlantic).
Around the NHL
Reports: Devils and Kovalchuk need to go back to work again - Fire & Ice
New Jersey is still having trouble getting a Kovalchuk deal approved by the NHL, at least one they can fit within the salary cap.
Mount Puckmore: The four faces of the New York Rangers - Puck Daddy
For anyone who took issue with my selections for the Nashville version of Mt. Puckmore, you ought to see this one. The Jaromir Jagr selection might be the worst in this entire series.
Pro Athletes' Tweets Give PR Staff Nightmares - SB Nation Tampa Bay
Clark Brooks has no problem calling out Dan Ellis for his over-the-top Twittering from last week. Patting yourself on the back is one thing, but ridiculing the fans who pay your lofty salary is another thing entirely.
Down Goes Brown: Should the NHL keep going to the Olympics?
DGB gets into the pros and cons of sending your favorite stars to the Winter Games. I like "Pro: Russian players were humiliated in a blowout loss to Canada in Vancouver; in 2014, it's only fair that they get a chance to be humiliated by the Canadians in front of their home fans, too."
Top 10 moments, trends, complaints about World Hockey Summit - Puck Daddy
Greg checks in from Toronto with his view of the proceedings.
IIHF president Fasel lays smack down on NHL Europe expansion - Puck Daddy
Since when has the IIHF's Rene Fasel actually mattered to anyone? The NHL and KHL are the heavy hitters on today's hockey scene.
Cox: Summit turns deaf ear to NCAA - thestar.com
The World Hockey Summit didn't have room to invite a representative from the US collegiate ranks? Bad, bad form.
European Power Play - Puck Worlds
If the NCAA were there, they'd probably agree with the European federations which complain about Canadian junior hockey taking too many of their players.
Low risk, high reward for Canucks in Raffi Torres signing - Puck Daddy
A good, bargain signing for Vancouver with lots of upside here.
A return to San Jose for Owen Nolan? It's possible, and why it makes sense for the Sharks - Fear The Fin
Do the Sharks really need the old graybeard?
Chris Mason, Marty Turco among NHL's top five free agent bargains - SI.com
Allan Muir opens up the mailbag, and I wholeheartedly agree with his take on Sergei Kostitsyn.
The Rink Episode 64 Part 2: Classic All Over | The Rink Podcast
Another fine hockey podcast to get you through the workday.
Canes Now - Aaron Ward announces retirement
This guy was fun to watch in college, as he and Chris Tamer used to brutalize opponents at Michigan.
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