There are many story lines heading into the 2011-2012 Nashville Predators season which are built around hope - that rookies will blend in smoothly on the blueline, that Sergei Kostitsyn can follow up on his breakout season, that the team leadership can provide a steady hand despite the contract situations with Shea Weber, Ryan Suter & Pekka Rinne, etc.
This morning's hockey notes start off with an especially interesting such question - can Jordin Tootoo carry forward the momentum from his play in the latter stages of last season?
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Hockey Night in Nashville: How will Tootoo perform in contract year?
Here's a doozy of a question heading into this fall. Yes, he had a good playoff, but can Tootoo finally put together a full, productive season? Hopefully, his journey through the NHL's substance abuse program has led to lasting change.
Preds Present $181,000 to Children's Hospital this Tuesday - NashvillePredators.com
I just hope they don't use one of those giant checks, I'd hate to see Marty Erat hurt his back again.
Around the NHL
An early peek: The top 2012 unrestricted free agents - USATODAY.com
Two of Nashville's Big 3 loom large here.
Et Tu Murray? - Anaheim Calling
Waiting on news from Teemu Selanne has pretty much summed up Anaheim's summer, not exactly thrilling stuff for a team which has holes to plug.
Gulitti: Parise's contract status may mean no "C" - NorthJersey.com
The Devils and Zach Parise may have avoided arbitration with a one-year contract, but their long-term future is very much in doubt.
Cynicism | mc79hockey.com
Haters gonna hate, Tyler.
Twin boys’ trickery leads to $50,000 hockey goal - Puck Daddy
My kids need to get out on the driveway and practice more.