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Weekend notes: Columbus adds Vinny Prospal

Is there a cure for the summertime hockey blues? Well, at least there's some news to keep up with, as Columbus continues to bring in offensive talent, and fans in various cities start looking ahead to 2011-12.

So follow after the jump for a brunch full o' pucks...

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: POTG Weekend Edition: Headlines, News, and Links
Buddy had a boatload of links available yesterday, and he's trying out some new technology, too.

A Bouillon in a China Shop | The Predatorial
Jeremy's concerned about a Cube-shaped hole on the Nashville blueline.

Where are they now? The 2004 Calder Cup Champion Milwaukee Admirals | hockeygalmilwaukee
"It was seven years ago today... Claude Noel taught the boys to play..."

Around the NHL

Boy, Was I Wrong About the Jets -
Friday was a rough one for Chris, who emphatically said on Twitter that the Jets logo leak wasn't the real deal, only to be proven wrong. He gamely owns up to it, and provides his take on the new look.

Blue Jackets sign Vinny Prospal - The Cannon
I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Vinny Prospal, a useful offensive contributor who can fit easily at center or on the wing. Now he'll line up against the Preds six times this season, and at one year, $1.75 million, you have to wonder if he could have provided an experienced hand in Nashville, instead.

J-P Dumont? - Houses of the Hockey
Jonathan Willis examines the question of how attractive J.P. might be to another NHL team.

Bourne Blog: How the hockey lifestyle changes at each level - Puck Daddy
The only thing that's missing here is the rec-league level, where you're bumming a ride to the game with your buddy and hitting up gas-station snacks afterward. 

Which teams really had the best and worst power plays last season? (Power play +/- in 2010-11) | ProHockeyTalk
Hey, at the least the Preds only gave up two shorties last season.

Picking Through The Goaltending Scrap Heap - The Copper & Blue
The Oilers still have Nikolai Khabibulin under contract for two more seasons at $3.75 million, a deal which was roundly criticized by savvy observers at the time.

An Open Letter to the NHL Community from a Proud Islanders’ Fan - Lighthouse Hockey
Was the Clark Gillies nonsense against Pittsburgh the case of a proud franchise standing up to years of derision? I don't buy it, but I can see why fans would get on board with that line of thinking.

Will the Toronto Maple Leafs Make the Playoffs in 2012? | The Hockey Writers
Can this scrappy underdog team, beset by so many misfortunes and disadvantages, manage to return to the middle of the NHL pack?