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Thursday's news: Preds rookies skate with the Panthers again

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Today at 11:00 a.m. Central, the Nashville Predators prospects take on the Florida Panthers again in Sunrise. Will the Panthers hold out Chris Clackson, who threw both a knee and a blindside headshot at Linus Klasen last night? How will Anders Lindback fare in his first North American action start in goal?

In today's news, we have the question of which figure is the most important in US hockey history, a look at two prime blueline prospects working to make the NHL, and an updated review of the Nashville Predators' prospect system...

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Predators News

Who's the Most Important? - Milwaukee Admirals
Aaron Sims opens up a debate on the most important figure in U.S. hockey history. Broadening the scope beyond players to coaches and owners is good, but I'd include Mike Ilitch in this list well ahead of Chicago's Bill Wirtz. For my money, I'd go with Herb Brooks. Besides a lengthy career contributing to the game at a variety of levels, the Miracle On Ice inspired a generation of American kids to take up the game.

Defensive Prospects Not Deterred by 7 One-Way Deals - Predlines
Amanda lays out the obstacles that stand between Jonathon Blum & Ryan Ellis and an NHL job.

Preds On The Glass: Predator Rookies Win Big, Henrik Sedin Interview, and Thursday Update
Buddy recaps last night's game, and also has some summer video with Henrik Sedin.

Three Minutes With: Preds center Marcel Goc… | Section 303
Marcel Goc is coming off his best career season, but can he keep it up?

Colin Wilson tops Nashville Predators deep pool of prospects - Hockey's Future
In their latest update, HF once again lauds the Nashville organization for quality prospects in a variety of areas.

Nashville Predators encounter new situations for camp - The Tennessean
Josh has five things to keep an eye on as training camp really gets rolling this weekend.

Ellis sizes up - Predators Insider
In his quest to bulk up to NHL standards, Ryan Ellis proclaims "any more weight is good weight." By that standard, I should be a rec league superstar.

Around the NHL

2010-11 Central Division Preview - From The Rink
Mike Chen's one of the few outside voices expecting the Preds to return to the playoffs.

NHL Slapshot a missed opportunity by EA Sports - From The Rink
Mike Chen calls out EA for straying too far from realism in NHL SlapShot for the Wii. I find it a very playable game, but can see what he's talking about. It's not geared to the hardcore realist, but if that's what you're looking for, put on some skates and go play for real!

Florida Panthers 2010 Rookie Camp Photos: Predators take game one 5-0 - Litter Box Cats
Donny has a bunch of pictures that he took at last night's rookie game, be sure to check them out.

EHFD: SM-Liiga - Puck Worlds
Get the lowdown on the top Finnish hockey league, which has produced a surprising number of Nashville Predators.

Inside 'Battle of the Blades' Season 2, why ex-NHL stars feared it - Puck Daddy
Read on, so you know what all your Canadian friends are talking about on Twitter this winter.

Bettman wants arena deal for Coyotes by Dec. 31 - Ottawa Citizen
The clock is ticking once again in Phoenix... perhaps for the final time.

Ottawa All-Star Game Info " Puck The Media
After Carolina hosts the 2011 All-Star Game, Ottawa gets it in 2012. Expect Nashville to get one in a few years, once the Music City Center and accompanying hotel are completed.

The battle over bloggers - The Globe and Mail
Here's an absurd, self-serving idea from a member of the mainstream media. Make bloggers post a $10,000 bond if they want press credentials to cover an NHL team, to be forfeited if they break "professional standards."

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