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Tuesday's news: A new "Game" in Nashville?

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This morning's hockey news brings the polar extremes of excitement and sadness from the hockey world. On the bright side, Nashville sports fans can look forward to a new FM sports radio station hitting the air, which will serve as the flagship for Predators game coverage.

But on the downside, the NHL has been struck by tragedy once again, as Rick Rypien of the Winnipeg Jets was found dead in his home yesterday at the age of 27.

The Art of Scouting, a Hockey Gear HQ book review | Hockey Gear HQ - news, reviews & deals
Scouting is the NHL's great dark art, a behind-the-scenes endeavor that acts as the lifeline for each team's hockey operations department.

Nashville Predators News

102.5 the Game to become Predators’ new flagship station? | Section 303
Actually, it sounds like they will! 102.5 is owned by the same company (Cromwell) which runs current Preds flagship 102.9 The Buzz, and one person close to this situation has indeed indicated that the Preds games will move to 102.5.

Who would make the First Team All-Time Nashville Predators roster? | Section 303
Summer's a good time to debate these questions. Back in 2009, here's who the readers here at OTF voted for.

Hockey Night in Nashville: Preds must have 'shoot first' mentality
Very true, but jacking up the shot totals is easier said than done. In fact, probably our most consistent indicator of individual offensive talent is the ability to create shots. Let that sink in for a moment.

The Power of Twenty | The Hockey Writers
Jas traces the Suter family's long-running hockey story, which looks like it will extend long beyond Ryan...

Paul McCann - Pettiness in Bristol - Random Notes
Paul finished the new ESPN book (which I just bought yesterday, actually) and doesn't appreciate ESPN's attitude toward the NHL.

Smashville 24/7: 2011-12 Preview: Blake Geoffrion
Boomer still has a ways to go to earn a full-time NHL roster spot.

Study: Too many pro teams for Nashville? - Nashville Business Journal
Is Nashville able to support its current pro sports teams? By this study the city may be a bit overextended when available personal income is considered, but at least it has the advantage of being a growing city, unlike other members of the list like Detroit or Cleveland. I've linked to similar studies in the past, so I need to take a look at how things have changed over time.

As Preds try to move forward, depth will be tested -
That's the big question with the Predators this season. As youth is asked to fill in for depth, a) can they do the job, and b) who steps in if they get hurt?

In fact, here's EJ Hradek's 30-in-30 video from talking about the Preds:

Around the NHL

Jets forward Rypien found dead - The Globe and Mail
Terrible, terrible news broke last night, as scrapper Rick Rypien was found dead. He suffered from depression, and took a leave of absence from the Canucks last season at one point. Greg Wyshynski shared on Twitter that a Winnipeg radio station was reporting it as a suicide, but I haven't seen that confirmed elsewhere yet.

Despite recent buzz; Not much new news regarding Sidney Crosby - PensBurgh
As we'd probably expect, the Penguins came out with a cautious update on Sidney Crosby's progress. It's still to early to tell whether he'll be ready to play in October.

Brophy on NHL: Blueline hardball -
Three big-name RFA's are still unsigned, and Mike Brophy wonders to what extent their GM's are drawing a hard line.

Is T.J. Oshie Primed for a Big Year? | The Hockey Writers
This guy could prove to be a big thorn in Nashville side this season.

Islanders promote party to watch brawl-filled game -
You know, if the NHL quashes this party, Islanders fans will only close ranks and hold a huge unofficial bash of their own.

Hockey Is Deterministic And Luck-Based - Pension Plan Puppets
A nice discussion of what it means to say that luck plays a large role in what happens in a hockey game. In an ideal world, I'd take a sabbatical for a few months so I could work on developing a wave function to express a player and/or team talent level and expected performance.

Ringing the Post - The Ultimate Hockey Broadcast Team - Five For Howling
Now THIS is one of the more novel ideas I've seen this summer...

"Dry Island": The Effects of Hardcore Partying and Drinking On A Team Environment - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Where do you draw the line between teammates bonding off the ice and creating a problem by going too far?

Out with the old... - Litter Box Cats
Hey, look who else got a new logo!

Jean-Sebastien Giguere's new mask with Avalanche | All Things Avalanche — Colorado Avalanche news — The Denver Post
I have to say, this is a pretty cool mask.

The Periodic Table - The Goalie Guild
Weird, but interesting.

But the arbitrator is not allowed to bring in his own "comparables" (also: more on Doughty, Weber, straw men) - Jewels From The Crown
Quisp dissects Larry Brooks' analysis of the Shea Weber arbitration award.