Now that we're past the holiday weekend, the hockey world is really humming once again as training camps approach and fans look forward to getting back in the rink. Up in Winnipeg, the excitement is building even higher, as the team debuted their new jerseys today with the assistance of four of their players.
Follow after the jump for your afternoon roundup, which kicks off with a call to help out Southern hockey...
Nashville Predators News
Paul McCann - Charge!! - UAH Needs You!
The University of Alabama-Huntsville's hockey program is in danger of getting shut down, so Paul sounds the trumpets to rally support.
Preds On The Glass: POTG Tuesday Headlines, News, and Links: Hockey is Just Around The Corner
Buddy covers all sorts of Belak-related fundraising options for you in this morning's links.
Smashville 24/7: Ones to watch in upcoming rookie camp
5 key kids to keep an eye on...
Twitter / @BMullenPreds: I'm back, now as Digital M ...
Crosby's for everyone! The former Tennessean sports writer lands with the Preds in a new role.
Informal skates begin - Predators Insider
Josh Cooper hung out at Centennial as some of the Preds hit the ice.
Around the NHL
The war over the NHL’s salary cap floor - Puck Daddy
Greg's one of my absolute favorite hockey bloggers, but it would have been instructive to review how revenue sharing actually works in the NHL here. The problem that some teams have with the floor is because they fail to hit performance targets, and then don't receive their full share from the league (by not growing their own revenues by enough, or not selling enough tickets). It's the fact that when teams get in a down cycle, they lose a good chunk of support that's the real problem. As long as a small market team performs well (like Nashville), the system does actually handle the disparity between large- and small-market teams. But some of the quotes he pulls from various articles are from writers who are ill-informed and merely interested in advocating a position.
Winnipeg Jets jerseys revealed! | Hockey Gear HQ - reviews & deals on hockey equipment and apparel
Not bad, not bad at all. They don't thrill me or anything, but they're OK.
Avalon Police issue statement on Paul Holmgren's bicycle accident - Broad Street Hockey
Surprisingly, Matt Cooke was nowhere near the scene.
Down Goes Brown: Gary Bettman's Labor Day BBQ
What, no rampaging Chris Pronger?
If Brad Pitt’s "Moneyball" were about hockey, the movie would be about Roger Neilson | Edmonton Journal
Yup, "Captain Video" was one of the NHL's great innovators.
Tomas Vokoun says Caps closer to Cup than Detroit - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
The former Preds netminder says he got a contract offer from Detroit that compared closely to Washington's, but he chose the Caps because he thinks they have a better chance to win.
How Many Roster Spots Are Really Up For Grabs? - The Cannon
A helpful guide to some of the depth names you might see dressing for Columbus this season.
HerbStock: Yes, it’s a Herb Brooks version of Woodstock - Puck Daddy
So who's playing Wavy Gravy? Bruce Boudreau, perhaps?