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Here's to hoping that you enjoy this Memorial Day 2011 with family and friends, and take time to remember the sacrifice that our men and women in uniform make on a daily basis to keep our country strong and safe.

After the jump, we've got loads o' hockey news for you...

How to save money on hockey equipment during Memorial Day Weekend 2011 | Hockey Gear HQ
Need some new gear? How about some for an upcoming Father's Day gift? Take a look here before shopping...

Nashville Predators News

Hockey Night in Nashville: The season that never was
Looking back at the lost year for Matthew Lombardi.

Around the NHL

The Importance of Manny Malhotra - Houses of the Hockey
If the defensive center can actually perform in the Final like he did during the regular season, that remove a huge burden from a guy like Ryan Kesler.

Chara has become an indispensible leader -
When a team does well, a certain amount of credit goes to the captain. But really, who says Chara hasn't been a good captain all along?

10 Questions: Stanley Cup finals - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
ESPN's dynamic duo look ahead to Boston vs. Vancouver.

Red Light District: Conn Smythe Trophy Watch
5 guys to keep your eye on as the Cup Final begins on Wednesday.

Saint John wins Memorial Cup - The Globe and Mail
It looks like head coach Gerard Gallant may have an opportunity to return to the NHL after leading the Sea Dogs to junior hockey's ultimate prize.

The case for trading Jason Spezza - Silver Seven
I bet you could find an argument like this among just about every NHL fan base this summer.

Sharks should look for Penalty Kill Help during 2011 offseason - Fear The Fin
...and this San Jose fan covets Joel Ward.

Goal Rates better than Corsi/Fenwick in Player Evaluation | Hockey Analysis
Here's an example of when NOT to use correlation as a tool in statistical analysis (when the variables in question are linked by definition). David makes a bad blunder here, by looking at scoring leaders, seeing a bunch of high shooting percentages, and concluding that shooting percentage is the true "talent". The problem is that shooting percentage swings wildly from season to season, whereas shooting rates are much more consistent.

Objective NHL: Team Even Strength Shooting Talent
Jlikens parses out to what extent shooting talent (expressed as their baseline expected shooting percentage) varies from team to team, by screening out the portion attributable to random variation.

Ryan Johansen: Is It Time? - The Cannon
A look at one of Columbus' top prospects, and whether he's ready to help at the NHL level this fall.

Lowetide: Oilers Sign Jones
Does Edmonton's 2-year deal with Ryan Jones potentially block the development of young talent with more upside?

Backchecking: Commitment | Hockey Independent
Their arena situation may stink, but the Islanders are putting the pieces in place to build a better on-ice product in the years ahead.

Total Hockey launches HockeyGreen, a program to recycle composite hockey sticks | Hockey Gear HQ
Cool stuff from one online hockey equipment retailer, taking the initiative to recycle the materials in composite sticks.