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Sunday's notes: Training camp battles to intensify this week

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Jack Hillen is making a good impression so far, but will need to keep it up to hold off the young talent vying for the Nashville blueline.
Jack Hillen is making a good impression so far, but will need to keep it up to hold off the young talent vying for the Nashville blueline.

With last night's roster cut down to 33, the battle for open roster spots in Nashville will only get tougher. Injuries have opened up extra opportunities, and for the contenders, the games coming up this week (Wednesday vs. Washington, Friday @ Winnipeg, Saturday vs. Carolina) will make or break their chances.

NOTE: After last night's win, the Preds cancelled practice for today.

While reading this morning's notes you can listen to the post-game talk about last night's game via the links below:

Barry Trotz (mp3)

Various Winnipeg Jets (mp3)

And now, the news....

Nashville Predators News

Bi-Weekly Question: What'll Happen to Suter After Next Season? - Predlines
Let's get some contract extensions signed already!

Figure This One Out- Ryan Suter marketed more than Shea or Pekka? - Predlines
Conspiracy theorists, here you go.

Smashville 24/7: Picture on defense becoming a bit clearer
The veterans are acquitting themselves well, and giving the Preds plenty of reason to be patient and let the kids start the year in Milwaukee.

The NHL’s Billy Beane: David Poile’s Wizardry Part 2 | The Predatorial
Walking through some of the bargain-bin forwards who have played major roles for the Preds recently, and this year's hopeful, Niclas Bergfors.

Pekka Rinne OK after sustaining cut - Nashville Predators Examiner
A shot off the stick of Bryan Little dinged Pekka's cage, but it sounds like he'll be OK.

SLAM! Sports - Tootoo slaying his demons
Tootoo's story will certainly draw attention as the Preds travel around the league this season.

Nashville Predators rally past Winnipeg Jets after intermission talk - The Tennessean
A "rally the troops" talk between periods of a September preseason game? These guys are ready to compete.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Puck and Punk: 2011-2012 NHL Color Scales: Red & Blue
Seeing red? Feeling blue? Then this right here is the blog for you.

Canucks and Ducks Recap ( 1-4 ) - Getting In The Groove - Nucks Misconduct
It looks like the Ducks brought out the big guns to take out Vancouver.

The New Jersey Devils Defense Comes Up Short In A 6-2 Loss To The New York Islanders 6-2 - In Lou We Trust
I'm thinking the days of the defense-first Devils are likely behind us.

Tampa Bay Lightning Score Late and Score Often, Beat Panthers 5-3 ... Cats Make Cuts | On Frozen Pond
The Panthers may be one of the most interesting teams to follow in the East this year, given all the fresh faces on that team. Last night, most of them finally played together.

Neil scores two as Senators win 3-2 over Canadiens - Silver Seven
Ottawa's banger led the offensive charge.

Minnesota Wild vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness
Wow, this ain't good: "Despite 9 powerplay opportunities, the Wild mustered a total of 17 shots all game."

Wild's Staubitz, Columbus' Wisniewski suspended pending hearings |
A hit from behind, and a head shot have two guys waiting for the word from Brendan Shanahan.

A Devilish deal in NJ -
Strange, strange dealings going on within the Devils ownership, at least as reported by the New York Post (found via Kukla's Korner).

Too Much Rides On The Health Of Jonas Hiller - Houses of the Hockey
A case of vertigo derailed Hiller's 2010-2011 season, and if he's not 100%, the Ducks will have huge problems this year as well.

Sabres get salary cap relief - The Globe and Mail
Buffalo takes a preliminary step towards stashing some salary in the AHL, which would get them under the cap. So much for them dealing players out of desperation...

Burrows not such a bad guy … | The Hockey Writers
...I think you'll have a tough time convincing us of that.

No 1 item for Oilers–looking for an offensive defenceman | Edmonton Journal
Hmm... might there be a trade match there between the Preds & Oilers?

September Hockey: Thoughts about Turco, Keith, and the Hawks - Blackhawk Up
This sounds like a breakup talk with Marty Turco from a Blackhawks point of view - "it wasn't you, it was us. We're just not a good fit."