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Sunday's notes: Belak funeral set for today

This afternoon, family and friends will gather here in Nashville for Wade Belak's funeral, a private service. Before jumping into this morning's hockey notes, we'll leave you with the video from his last NHL goal, which was scored against the Preds back in 2007, thanks to an assist from Greg Zanon's face:

RIP, Wade.

Labor Day Sales on hockey equipment & memorabilia | Hockey Gear HQ - reviews & deals on hockey equipment and apparel
There are two great sales available for both hockey players and fans this Labor Day 2011 Weekend, and here you'll find the coupon codes you need to take advantage.

Nashville Predators News

Preds On The Glass: POTG Holiday Weekend Headlines, News, and Links
Buddy's got a bunch of links for you this morning, starting off with the Wade Belak Memorial Charity Drive.

Dealing with the loss of Wade - Predlines
Dan shares his personal story.

Around the NHL

Hockey didn't kill Belak - Vancouver Sun
A dose of common sense that should be passed around news rooms across North America.

Sleektooning up other blogs' logos - Battle of California
Earl had our internal SB Nation hockey email group laughing hysterically over these designs, so I'm glad to see him share these on his blog! A welcome laugh for all of us.

LA Kings Mike Richards on the influence of Ian Laperriere | Hockey Independent
There's a reason that Ian Laperriere won the Masterton Trophy despite not playing a single game all season; he's incredibly well-respected around the league.

Steve Begin Invited To Canucks Training Camp - Nucks Misconduct
The former Predator is taking another whack at an NHL job.

Calgary’s GM Jay Feaster blasts the Oilers rebuilding plan, but who will get the last laugh? | Edmonton Journal
Oh yeah, the Battle of Alberta is still alive, even though neither team is especially good these days.

Gallagher: NHL labour deal needs tweaking - The Province
This is one of several articles I've seen which have talked about the range between salary cap & floor being a major issue to be look at in the next CBA. 

The NHL/CHL agreement - Litter Box Cats
Here's why a guy like Austin Watson is headed back to junior this fall, while Taylor Aronson has a chance to play in Milwaukee.

Challenging the Hockey Statisticians - Part 1 - Matchsticks and Gasoline
A general discussion of how applicable advanced stats analysis is from the stats-newbie perspective.

Tales from the future: 20 storylines for the NHL’s first quarter - Puck Daddy
Feel free to make up your own Predators-themed entry in the comments below...