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Sunday Hockey Brunch: The NHL's back in full effect

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There's nothing quite like a Saturday night full of hockey, is there? We had a full slate of games around the league, so this morning's notes are loaded with a big hit, the season's first hat trick, a jersey retirement, a minor trade, and a whole lot more!

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: POTG Weekend Headlines, News and Links: The NHL in Full Swing
Buddy has a zillion other links to keep you out of trouble this weekend.

Stortini’s Physical Presence Felt in Road Victory |
If he can keep hustling and disrupting his opponent's, Zack could stick in the lineup.

Anatomy of a goal: Craig Smith's 10/8/11 Power Play marker - Predlines
A celebration of Craig Smith, also known as Johnny On The Spot.

Admirals Open Season With 4-1 Win | Admirals Roundtable
Ryan breaks down Milwaukee's opening win, which includes post-game audio from Kirk Muller. - New D-man impressed by skills of Sea Dogs forwards
Preds prospect Charles-Olivier Roussel is settling in after going back to junior, and getting traded to the Saint John Sea Dogs.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
It doesn't sound like Martin Erat's upper-body issue is related to the back troubles from last season. Is that good or bad news?

Lambert’s first game - Predators Insider
No artificial stimulants for Mr. Lambert ahead of his first NHL game as a coach.

Nashville Predators' David Legwand shines with young line - The Tennessean
The Wilson-Legwand-Smith line has certainly been Nashville's best so far.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

A Get Well Message - KuklasKorner
Paul is collecting well wishes for hockey writer Eric Duhatschek (one of my absolute favorites), who is recovering from surgery. Head over here and share yours in the comments.

Giving Every Fan A Boost: Talking to the Jacket Backers - The Cannon
Meanwhile, fans in Columbus are forming their own booster group.

As if Atlanta Thrashers fans didn’t already feel screwed over - Puck Daddy
Greg does a fine job putting the spotlight on NHL blackouts and the plight of hockey fans in Georgia. The league needs to get to work with its broadcast partners and sort this out.

Minnesota Wild vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness
I'll be honest, I have no idea what to make of the Wild this season.

SHUTOUT OH MY GOD: Wayne Simmonds scores, beats people up in Flyers 3-0 win - Broad Street Hockey
Nothing like a little overreaction to start the season!

Recap: Bruins Defeat Lightning 4-1 Earn First Win Of Season - Stanley Cup of Chowder
This playoff rematch went to the Bruins, with Rich Peverley scoring twice.

Sabres Sweep Europe With 4-2 Victory Over Kings - Die By The Blade
The Sabres doubled-up the Kings in Berlin.

Sharks destroy outmanned Coyotes, win 6-3 - Fear The Fin
San Jose could prove to be a real Cup threat this season, and they certainly got off to a good start here.

Returning The Screw - Blackhawks 5 - Stars 2 - Second City Hockey
See, they complain about their coach's lines, too.

CSSI Analysis: Red Wings 3 - Avalanche 0 - Winging It In Motown
Starting off with Ottawa, then Colorado? The Red Wings look like a college football powerhouse warming up with some cupcakes.

Recap: Caps 4, 'Canes 3 (OT) - Japers' Rink
Tomas Vokoun sat on the bench for Washington's opener.

Four-Goal Second Period Powers Pens Past Flames to Win 5-3 - PensBurgh
Penguins fans should be highly optimistic about Tyler Kennedy this season, that's a name I think we'll be hearing a lot of.

Maple Leafs 6 - Senators 5: A Win Is A Win Is A Win - Pension Plan Puppets
Sure, the coaches were probably pulling their hair out, but Phil Kessel potted a hat trick for Toronto.

Cats Recap: New-look Panthers Win Season Opener 2-0 over Islanders - Litter Box Cats
So far, so good in Florida.

Ducks Acquire Cumiskey from Colorado for Newton - Anaheim Calling
A minor deal between Anaheim and Colorado.

A Theory of Ice: Resurrection Town
Ah, the nature of fandom...

Five Potential Free Agent Busts in 2011-12 - The Hockey Writers
Some good choices here...

Lowetide: Oilers Sign Martindale
No, not Wink. Although that would be awesome.

New York Rangers' demotion of Sean Avery could force Dallas Stars to acquire a player - The Dallas Morning News
With Sean Avery dispatched to the minors, the 50% of his salary that Dallas plays comes off their cap figure, bringing them close to the salary floor.

VIDEO: Dion Phaneuf's Huge, Legal Hit On Stephane Da Costa -
See, guys can still hit.

And lastly, they retired Peter Forsberg's #21 in Colorado last night. Catch the full ceremony below. The guy was an absolute dynamo back in the 90's, and I'll always remember him for being a real nemesis for the Red Wings' back then, but at the same time, a player you couldn't help but admire: