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Call him Captain Zach: Wednesday afternoon notes

We've got so much good hockey stuff to share with you today that it simply can't wait for the morning. Besides, you have to have something to flip through while keeping one eye on the Olympics, right?

Our afternoon hockey notes include big news for one of the Nashville Predators' most interesting prospects...

How to get an NHL jersey customized for just $5 | Hockey Gear HQ
So what are you in the market for? GOOSE #28? USS GILL #75? The deal outlined here (which expires Friday at 11 a.m. Central) is a great way to save while gearing up for the new campaign.

Nashville Predators News

Gophers Hockey: Zach Budish Named 2012-2013 Captain, Nick Bjugstad & Seth Helgeson Wearing "A's" - SB Nation Minnesota
A nice recognition for the 2009 2nd-round pick by Nashville, who has come along nicely after missing the 2010-2011 season with his second severe knee injury.

Preds have salary cap flexibility - Predators Insider
Josh Cooper came out of hiding and saw his shadow, so I guess that means 6 more weeks without hockey.

Also, we have this video posted today on the Preds' site. Might either Taylor Beck or Michael Latta make their NHL debut this season?

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

ESPN’s ’30 for 30′ series to tackle John Spano/Islanders ownership saga | Puck Daddy
This guy was old-school long before "Boots" Del Biaggio came around.

If No Doan or Ryan,The Sabres Should Go After Jason Arnott | The Hockey Writers
At least in the blogosphere, Arnie's a hot commodity.

Vancouver Canucks kick the tires on Jason Arnott - Vancouver Sun
The Canucks are interested, too...

How Does The NHL-CHL Agreement Regarding Prospects Work? - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The intro here is Bruins-specific, but the rest is a good refresher on how prospects have to work their way up the ladder.

Forwards and NHLE - 2010 Draft |
Austin Watson doesn't exactly stand out as a budding offensive force.

2012 NHL Rumors: Is The NHL CBA Holding Things Up? - Blueshirt Banter
Is it really the CBA holding things up on the trade market? I don't know if I see it that way.

Hockey Training: It’s officially That Time of Year | Backhand Shelf
Yeah, it's about time I got off my butt, too.

Rec Hockey Tips: how to change on the fly | Backhand Shelf
My favorite change in recent years came a couple seasons ago, when Joel Ward jumped on the ice and still had a towel draped over his shoulder.

Ask the Owner: Ted Leonsis Answers Your Questions (Part I) - Japers' Rink
Among other things, the Caps owner talks about the extensive use of analytics within Washington's hockey operations group.

Ask the Owner: Ted Leonsis Answers Your Questions (Part II) - Japers' Rink
...and here's the conclusion of this interview.

Top 30 Ice Hockey Bloopers (Part II - Picks 16-30) = The Hockey Writers
Who doesn't love bloopers?

Hockey Movie Character MVP Bracket: Ross Rhea vs Xavier LaFlamme - Hockey Wilderness
The goon, or the dandy? Choose wisely.

Flyers officially agree with Peter Laviolette on 'multi-year' contract extension - Broad Street Hockey
He's got things humming along pretty well in Philly.

Hockey Independent Summer Reads | Hockey Independent
Here's a good way to get through the month, read a book or five.