I wasn't even going to post notes this afternoon until I watched the video you'll find at the end of this post, but it's just too great not to share. It'll have you clamoring to head down to Bridgestone Arena, even though we don't have a home game until Sunday!
Jump on in, then...
We'll start with something not directly hockey-related, but still interesting:
2011 Belonged To Twitter, So Does the Future of Sports Media : Outkick The Coverage
Clay Travis sings the praises of Twitter as the enabler of new sports media. He's right on, if a little late to the party.
Nashville Predators News
Shea Weber of Nashville Predators remains out with concussion - ESPN
The captain's definitely out for tomorrow's game, and Sunday sounds "unlikely". Remember, the longer he's out, the longer it will take to get back in game shape even once he resumes practicing. This could take quite a while.
Preds Host Open Practice & Public Skate At A-Game In Cool Springs - Nashville Predators
Get out to A-Game on January 3...
Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey
DHS takes counterterrorism to the NHL | Campaign 2012 | Washington Examiner
Coming to an NHL game near you... messaging from the Department of Homeland Security! Thanks to George Scoville for passing this along.
NHL continues to dream bigger when it comes to taking games outside - The Globe and Mail
Can the Winter Classic continue to get bigger & better? I want to see a game at Michigan Stadium...
Ales Hemsky, Ryan Whitney And Preferential Media Treatment - The Copper & Blue
Derek turns up the heat on the Edmonton media for roasting one Oiler working his way through injury issues, while giving another a free pass.
What's Eating James Reimer? - Pension Plan Puppets
As with Pekka Rinne, the problem in Toronto is on the PK, where the Maple Leafs have been hysterically awful for several years now.
It's All On The Table - The Cannon
Now that the GM has admitted that changes need to be made, just how deeply should the Blue Jackets cut?
How Evgeni Malkin accidentally created awesome hockey cards - Puck Daddy
Oh, those wacky Russkies.
Mike Green expects to be back for Caps next week - CBSSports.com
Washington's dynamic defenseman may be ready to return soon, having been out of the lineup for more than six weeks.
In which Jaromir Jagr calls Pittsburgh Penguins fans 'those people' - Broad Street Hockey
It is pretty nuts how worked up some Penguins fans have gotten over Jagr's signing with Philadelphia.
Why I still love Jaromir Jagr...And would boo him even louder because of it - PensBurgh
According to Hooks, it's just business.
Cheering for the referees - Backhand Shelf
Refereeing is a thankless task, and the zebras' hard work is too often overlooked.
Lastly... This is a little bit long, but worth every second, I promise you. It's made the rounds at a number of sites in recent days: