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The weather is getting downright ridiculous here in Nashville, with temperatures expected to top 100 degrees for the next few days. I'm seeing a high of 107 predicted for Saturday - are you kidding me???

Thankfully, the Nashville Predators' Development Camp is back in action this morning from 9 a.m. to noon, so head over to Centennial Sportsplex and beat the heat if you can! Just check here for the full schedule and player roster.

And now, on to your morning hockey notes, which include stories on two of the defenseman at this year's camp...

There are just a few days left! Go to People & Places -> Best Blog & cast your daily vote for OTF in the Toast of Music City 2012!

Nashville Predators News

Nashville Predators prospect Mattias Ekholm studies abroad to exit doghouse | The Tennessean
Is Mattias Ekholm ready to make a bigger impact this fall? He was named the top defenseman in the Swedish Elite League last season, and may well have the highest upside of any of the Preds' young blueliners.

This year’s development camp a little different for Anthony Bitetto -Nashville Predators Examiner
Change is nothing new to Bitetto, who is preparing to play for his third head coach in three seasons.

Why Nashville Can Live Without Suter | The Predatorial
How's this for a dose of optimism? "Nashville can survive without the services of Ryan Suter. With Ryan Ellis (possibly the next great elite defenseman) ready to play, Roman Josi already establishing himself as part of the defensive future of Nashville, and names like Ekholm/Blum/Bartley/Bitetto/Roussel ready to go, the Predators are definitely not defensively-starved." Of those "ready to go" guys, none played in the NHL in 2012.

Bridgestone Arena lease should be approved | The Greenville News
This is actually the Tennessean's editorial endorsing the new lease agreement between the city and team (stupid paywall).

Brent Peterson golf tournament dates announced - Predators Insider
The annual golf outing & dinner is set for September 17 & 18.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Sidney Crosby, Marian Hossa Headline Pittsburgh's 2012 Free Agent Class | The Hockey Writers
An interesting look at how Ray Shero got caught waiting for Marian Hossa to make a decision back in 2008, and how that has affected his decisiveness in handling free agents ever since.

Canes Now - Muller: Staals initially to play on same line | blogs
It should be fun for the fans in Carolina to watch these two work together.

Wideman deal means Flames aren't rebuilding - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
We've been wondering for years when Calgary might start over from scratch... but they stubbornly refuse to do so.

Patrik Elias had LA Kings Stanley Cup puck, but has no idea what he did with it | Puck Daddy
The mystery continues...

Greatest Hockey HHOF Log Jam No More?
Next year, the Hall of Fame may be able to catch up with some deserving candidates.

Searching For Hockey's Tuffy Rhodes | Overtime
What, no Linus Klasen?