Our morning notes today kick off with more news regarding the Nashville sports radio landscape, and the staging of a major battle for local listeners. Follow after the jump for that, plus a Predator drawing attention for a major award already, a wild game between the Flyers and Jets, and a whole lot more!
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Nashville Predators News
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Willy Daunic to host new sports talk show on 102.5-FM - The Tennessean
The host of the Predators pre- and post-game shows is getting ready to launch a new sports talk show on The Game from 3-7 p.m. weekdays, setting up what should be an interesting matchup with 104.5's 3 Hour Lunch crew, who are moving to that time slot next week.
Coming Down the Pipe!: An interesting field in the Calder Chase
Craig Smith is working his way into the Rookie of the Year talk.
PDO: If you were going to understand just one NHL statistic - Arctic Ice Hockey
The implications for Nashville? Those players ripe for a fall compared to last season include Blum, Halischuk, and Geoffrion. Only Nick Spaling looks like a case for enjoying a positive bump.
Dave Boehler’s New Admirals Blog | Admirals Roundtable
Welcome Admirals Blog (clever title, there) to the mix!
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
First, let's hear from Tampa head coach Guy Boucher on last night's game, courtesy of Lightning Strikes:
Kontinental Hockey League - Official Website - Locked at base
Goaltender Michael Garnett argues that if the KHL really wants to attract North American players, teams need to put an end to the practice of the "baza". It does seem like something out of the Iron Curtain days...
A Theory of Ice: On Coaching
Deep thoughts here on what in most NHL cities is a job rife with turnover.
Greatest Hockey Legends.com: Beautiful Hockey
Is violence in hockey a mechanism of parity? I doubt that, but Joe makes his argument here that elite talent has been targeted all too often over the decades.
Dreger: NHL teams consider AHL overhaul - TSN
This makes a lot of sense - a number of western NHL teams want to have AHL affiliates who are playing on their side of the continent.
Down Goes Brown: The NHL's application form for disgruntled NBA fans
DGB's ready to welcome the roundball fans left out in the cold by the lockout.
Cox: Maturing Tavares learning hard lessons on Island - thestar.com
John Tavares has bought into the Islanders for the long-term, and is maturing into a major star, writes Damian Cox.
Mats Sundin finally gets to enjoy the sport of hockey - The Globe and Mail
I always thought it strange the way Maple Leafs fans would dog Sundin, then later Tomas Kaberle, for resisting a trade out of town.
With team healthy, Glen Gulutzan using fourth line for matchups - The Dallas Morning News
It looks like the Stars are among the teams looking to add some pop with their 4th line, rather than go with more pluggers.
I'm 13 and What is This: Jets Beat Flyers, 9-8, In a Hockey Game I Think - Arctic Ice Hockey
Video: Watch Ilya Bryzgalov’s awkward apology for being terrible - Puck Daddy
Yeah, that big long-term contract isn't quite working out well so far.
An Old-Fashioned Shootout: Pens Beat Islanders 3-2 - PensBurgh
This is odd... Evgeni Nabokov played three periods and overtime for the Islanders, who then brought out Rick DiPietro for the shootout.
Oilers Snap Caps Winning Streak 2-1 - The Copper & Blue
Is Edmonton for real? Well, at least for October, they are.
Senators get back to .500 with 4-3 win over Panthers - Silver Seven
Heady days in Ottawa!