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Friday afternoon notes: It's time for a Preds weekend

We're almost to the finish line for the month of August, and these last few days will be packed with hockey-related activities to keep Preds fans engaged until the calendar flips over to September, and training camp finally comes over the horizon.

Follow after the jump for all the scoop on where you can catch the Preds at a baseball game, the zoo, and on the radio over the next few days...

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: POTG TGIF Headlines, News, and Links: Bring On the Weekend!
I'm with you Buddy, this week has been killer.

Preds On The Glass: Predators Involved in Five Major Events This Weekend
Preds fans can get really get out and about with the team this weekend, whether at the Best Buddies 5K run in Franklin, the open house at Bridgestone Arena, or Sunday afternoon at the Zoo.

The 303:30 – Darren McFarland of 102.5 The Game, Pete Weber of FS-TN | Section 303
Teasing the debut of the new broadcast home of the Predators, coming on Monday.

What Makes A Hockey Game In Nashville So Unique (Jeremy Gover -- -
The Preds' guest blogger series continues with a celebration of the energy that fans bring to games at Bridgestone Arena.

Smashville 24/7: 2011-12 Preview: Ryan Suter
This is a big year for Ryan Suter, who will assuredly get a huge raise in his next contract.

Preds and Bridgestone Arena Salute Director of Security Billy Gross for Patriot Award -
The Preds were recognized by a Department of Defense agency for supporting and employing National Guard & Reserve members and Veterans.

Erwin Merar, founder of the Milwaukee Admirals, remembered by local writer -
Earlier this month, the man who founded Nashville's AHL affiliate (back in 1971) passed away.

Around the NHL

In-Depth: C | BlueJackets Xtra
The Blue Jackets are perhaps stronger than they've ever been down the middle right now.

Concussions To Sidney Crosby And David Perron Are Both Great Losses To Hockey - SB Nation St. Louis
Crosby's concussion is drawing all the commentary, but it seems like so many NHL teams have guys with uncertain futures (Francis Bouillon, Marc Savard, Peter Mueller, Matthew Lombardi, etc.).

Bourne Blog: The great pranks of the hockey dressing room - Puck Daddy
If someone cut my laces, I'd go absolutely nuts! There's nothing worse than having them snap while you're trying to get ready for a game.

Statistical analysis: Will Troy Brouwer score 20 goals for the Capitals this season? - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
Kudos to Neil here for recognizing when a player's situation will change significantly from year to year, and setting Brouwer's accomplishments in Chicago in context.

Why ESPN Has Already Lost the Future : Outkick The Coverage
Some of Clay's prognostications are far fetched, but the basic issues about ESPN - the fact that they're more of a promotional outlet than a news organization, and the growing ability of leagues to get onto fans' TV's in other ways, definitely point to an organization ripe for a fall. Think back to the NHL's choice to go with Versus coming out of the lockout, for example. Now we're seeing all the major leagues with their own networks, and NBC making a major push as well.

Hail to the Victor - Boston Bruins
Steve Kampfer enjoys his day with the Stanley Cup at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, where I started playing rec league hockey 20 years ago. Back then, Mike Knuble's brother worked there, running the leagues, etc. At least he was merciful when he filled in on a C-league team, and didn't completely embarrass us poor schmucks.

August savings on hockey equipment expire soon | Hockey Gear HQ - reviews & deals on hockey equipment and apparel
With just a few days left here in the month of August, I wanted to share two great opportunities to save money on hockey equipment, both of which expire August 31st.