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Thursday's news: A former Pred strikes a pose in Russia

Let's get right to it, shall we? Follow after the jump for an assortment of analysis coming out of last night's game in Atlanta, the preview of the Preds' upcoming season, and a nifty video from a KHL team featuring a brief appearance by a former Nashville Predator...

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Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: Is the Goaltender Battle Over in Nashville? and Thursday Thoughts
Is Buddy heading to celebrity rehab???

Nashville Beats Atlanta 4-3, Battle For Backup Goalie Over? - Predlines
Amanda celebrates a big night for Martin Erat, among other things.

Veterans, not rookies, lead Predators past Atlanta… | Section 303
While the veterans lit up the scoresheet, the focus was on the rookies jostling for position on the Nashville roster.

Predators backup goaltender battle down to two, maybe - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond spoke with both Anders Lindback and Mark Dekanich about a battle that the Big Swede is looking likely to win.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Preds beat Thrashers. Again.
Robby points out that if this was a home game, we'd have enjoyed Frosties afterward.

Training Camp Thoughts and Impressions | Hockey Independent
David shares some observations and makes a few predictions regarding the opening night roster. He invites us to react, so I'll say that there's no way that the Preds open the season with just 6 defensemen.

Hornqvist proves draft position doesn't matter much -
As part of their Preds' season preview, we discover that Patric Hornqvist was the last member of his draft class. There's nothing new here for Nashville fans, but it's good to see him profiled for a larger audience.

Poile-Trotz partnership has been Preds' foundation -
...then they look at Nashville's dynamic duo and what they've done over the summer to re-tool the team.

Preds need more offense in 2010-11 -
Did you know that Nashville played in the fewest blowouts last season?

Lombardi, Franson expected to step into breach for Predators -
...and finally, in their review of the roster, they point to Cody Franson as a pivotal figure on the Nashville defense. As long as he doesn't take a step back in Year 2, the Preds may not miss Dan Hamhuis very much.

Preds Camp 2010: The Spirit Makes The Master | The Hockey Writers
Jas discusses the attitude that hockey players must bring to training camp if they hope to earn an NHL job.'s 2010-11 NHL preview: Nashville Predators - ESPN
Good news! Scott Burnside picks the Preds to miss the playoffs. Given past history, that seems like a good thing.

Around the NHL

Meet the 2010-11 Puck Daddy Fantasy Team; we already loathe it - Puck Daddy
Last weekend we had the draft for James Mirtle's Hockey Blogger Invitational Fantasy Hockey League, and Greg Wyshysnki isn't exactly confident in his draft...

Sports clichés - the lingua franca of the hockey world - From The Rink
Be careful, once you read through this list, you'll want to throw something at the TV during those intermission interviews.

Capitals Insider - NBA fines Ted Leonsis $100,000 for salary cap comments
Washington's owner spoke at a business lunch about how the NBA may adopt an NHL-style salary cap in their next CBA, and is paying the price for candor.

Bouwmeester fires back at Peca - Calgary Sun
When asked about how hard it is to play against Jay Bouwmeester, retired NHL star Michael Peca did the unthinkable - he gave an honest opinion, calling Big Bouw a relatively easy guy to battle with, "a very casual player with tremendous speed."

Stay Off the Logo: Panthers Block off the Locker Room Cat - On Frozen Pond
The Panthers take stupid to a whole new level when it comes to "protecting the logo" in their locker room. I'll say it again - if teams hold so much respect for their team logos, why are they putting them on the floor of a locker room? You wouldn't do that with your country's flag...

Mike Santorelli Making His Point: Panthers Competition Heating Up - On Frozen Pond
The former Pred is taking a run at a roster spot in Florida. The good news here is that if he plays 35 or more NHL games this season, the 5th-round pick that Nashville got for him in trade becomes a 4th-rounder. Which, being from Florida, could be close to a late-3rd.

New leadership for the Habs and at EOTP - Habs Eyes On The Prize
A new captain for the Canadiens, and a new guy atop SB Nation's Montreal blog. Vive la difference!

Fight Video: Alexei Kovalev drops the gloves, hangs on for dear life - Puck Daddy
I know a lot of folks will laugh over this, but honestly, Kovalev chose to tussle with Francois Beauchemin, he could have ducked the fight if he wanted to. He's definitely not a fighter, but didn't really embarrass himself.

Hockey Helmets and Cowboys, the chin strap debate begins | The Hockey Writers
A common sense call for NHL players to quit being so reckless about how they wear their hockey helmets.

What Happens in Helsinki - Episode 8: Nähdään Helsingissä! - Canes Country
I am insanely jealous of Carolina fans following their team to Finland as the Hurricanes prepare to open the season over there.

Фетисов: "Мы отстаем даже от Германии" - Хоккей - Eurosport
You'll want to run this one through an online translator, but it suffices to say that if Papa Bear ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. Slava Fetisov uses some harsh language to say that Russia needs to put serious effort into reforming its hockey development programs, saying that they're lagging Germany at this rate.

And lastly, thanks to Puck Daddy, take a look at this video hyping St. Petersburg SKA of the KHL - former Preds defenseman Denis Grebeshkov makes an appearance at the end. Pretty cool stuff, really. Can you name all the players featured?

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