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Sunday's notes: A heapin' helpin' of hockey

Don't know what to do on a soggy Sunday morning in the middle of August? Why, make yourself a hearty breakfast and surf through your daily hockey notes!

Today we've got projections for the Preds this upcoming season, Steve Sullivan packing up his family and heading off to Pittsburgh, and the notion of NHL hockey in... Honolulu? Just follow after the jump, where all will be revealed.

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: POTG Weekend Headlines, News, and Links: Preds Day Announced for Next Saturday
Buddy breaks it all down in his Saturday links dump.

Previewing the Predators’ forwards for 2011-12, part four… | Section 303
I like the idea of Tootoo-Smithson-Spaling as the checking line this fall, though it will require Nick Spaling to take another developmental step forward in order to succeed.

Hockey Night in Nashville: 2011-12 Season preview: Player edition
Robby takes a stab at projecting how each of the Preds will fare this season.

Nashville Would Benefit/Stumble From Possible NHL Rule Changes | The Predatorial
A good point here - if goalies get free rein to skate into the corners and play the puck, will Pekka Rinne get himself into trouble? Last season there was a guy who sat a few rows below me who would scream "get back in your goal!" every time the Preds' goalie went back to play the puck, it was hilarious...

Red Light District: Saturday Faceoff: Best team furthest from salary cap?
Are the Preds the best of the cheapies? Probably, although if the Islanders finally enjoy a healthy season they could surprise in the East.

Announcing Nashville’s Biggest Tailgate Party! -
A very cool idea here, a big tailgate party on the Bridgestone Arena plaza coming up on Wednesday, August 27.

Twitter / @Sullivan26: Final day in Tennessee.... ...
Adios, Sully!

Around the NHL

Shanahan promises transparency as disciplinarian - Yahoo! Sports
This sounds like a welcome development, as disciplinary decisions will now be accompanied with a video, explaining how Brendan Shanahan and his crew reached their conclusions.

Video gives new looks to scouting, coaching - The Boston Globe
An interesting walkthrough of how NHL video analysts can break down the details of a game and help with on-the-spot coaching in the aftermath of a game.

A Theory of Ice: Tronna
One of my favorite all-time hockey bloggers is back, this time with a meditation on what a long-running rivalry is really all about.

If Gary Bettman were really brave … | Ottawa Citizen Blogs
Are people just figuring out that hockey is a rough, dangerous sport?

Run to the Mask: Jets goalie Chris Mason’s Iron Maiden tribute - Puck Daddy

You've gotta love good old Mase. 

2011-12 Maple Leafs Annual now available for preorder " Toronto Maple Leafs Hot Stove
Thanks to Alec for including me in his pre-season Maple Leafs publication, in which I contributed an article projecting offensive performance for Toronto's top forwards.

Party time for MLSEL - Toronto Sun
Cody Franson seems like he's off to a good start in Toronto, drawing attraction and signing autographs at a Maple Leafs street party.

Fully recovered, Ray Emery determined to stick with Blackhawks - Chicago Sun-Times
His comeback to play for Anaheim down the stretch and in the playoffs was amazing, but now Ray Emery has to work hard to keep things moving forward with Chicago.

Lowetide: RE 11-12: Nikolai Khabibulin
It's going to be hard for the Oilers to make much progress with a 38-year-old goalie coming off a lousy season and back trouble.

Should NHL expand to Houston? What about Honolulu? - Puck Daddy
Houston's not a bad idea at all, being a huge city with a long history of supporting hockey.

10 newcomers being counted on to make impact -
Maybe they didn't want to include two players from Columbus, but for me, Jeff Carter has the potential to really shake things up in the Central.

Shenzhen 2011: Day 9, I flew 7,000 miles for this @#$%? -
Hockey, at a shopping mall in China? Yup... at least of a sort.

Hockey equipment sale offers 15% discount through August 31 | Hockey Gear HQ - news, reviews & deals
The new season is just around the corner, and one hockey equipment site has a discount code which you can use to save big.