Rested up after a three-day weekend, are we? Good, because training camp is less than two weeks away, so it's time to start ramping things up around here so we're all ready to go when the Predators hit the ice.
This morning, then, get caught up on your news as we check in on some of Nashville's junior hockey prospects, hear about Shea Weber beginning to assert himself as the Preds' new captain, and Dan Ellis stirs up reaction once again with some ill-chosen tweets...
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A look at the season ahead for Charles-Olivier Roussel - Nashville Predators Examiner
Jim Diamond chats up a Montreal-based scout on what lies ahead for yet another blue chip defensive prospect in the Nashville system.
Would Adding A Flashy UFA Make The Hockey World Take Notice? - Predlines
Amanda picks over the bargain bin of remaining free agents to see if anyone would make a significant impact on the Nashville roster.
Central Division Shakedown - Predlines
Amanda reviews the goings-on around the division, which includes Duncan Keith and Dave Bolland taking in a Cubs game.
The 303:30 – NHL Slapshot review, Josh Cooper, and a GIVEAWAY! | Section 303
The latest 303:30 podcast features the Tennessean's new Preds beat writer Josh Cooper (who was interviewed here last week), and a whole lot more, including a review of NHL Slapshot which has me considering a purchase...
What to expect from Weber - Predators Insider
A good sign that Shea Weber takes his new duties seriously, as Josh Cooper reports that he checked in on Colin Wilson this summer to see how his off-season conditioning program was coming along.
OHL Prospects: 2010-11 Season Preview - Award Predictions
One junior hockey observer picks Nashville prospect Taylor Beck as the OHL's Most Outstanding Player for the upcoming season.
Ten for '10-11: Who will produce the most 'O' in the OHL? - Buzzing The Net
Neate Seager also pegs Taylor Beck to be a major player on the junior hockey circuit this season.
Ellis prepares for pros - Windsor Star
Ryan Ellis knows that with the current players under contract, he's a longshot to make the NHL this season, but he's getting in shape to give himself the best chance possible.
Nashville Predators 2010 Training Camp Central - Nashville Predators
You'll want to bookmark this page, as it's the hub for all things related to training camp including the schedule, videos, feature stories, etc.
Around the NHL
Exclusive: Kovalchuk on the end of NHL contract controversy - Puck Daddy
Puck Daddy's Russian agent lands an interview with the New Jersey sniper.
Cox: Outlaw owners get their way in Kovalchuk deal - thestar.com
Damian Cox uses a point about a few NHL owners trying to get away with gimmick contracts to throw Washington's contract with Alex Ovechkin in as a cap-evading scam (even though it isn't). Then, he stirred things up on Twitter in reaction to Caps owner Ted Leonsis' response, including what I suspect is a completely bogus charge that Washington received $14 million in revenue sharing. Oh, Cox happens to have a book about Ovechkin coming out soon? What an odd coincidence...
Is Hemsky headed for the injury list or his best ever season? - Cult of Hockey
Could this be "the year" for the Martin Erat of Alberta?
2010 Northeast Division Preview: Blogger Roundtable - View From My Seats
A quintet of scribes take a look ahead at how Boston, Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto will do this season.
Some of the big stars don't earn enough money - The Province
Tony Gallagher sucks up to the superstars by claiming that they're underpaid under the current system. Boo-freaking-hoo.
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