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As the Nashville Predators enjoy their day as the featured team in's "30 for 30" series, a troublesome business issue rears its ugly head. After having dealt with a crooked minority owner and a fraudulent arena sponsor in recent years, now the team's air charter is spiraling out of control...

I Pity The Fool who doesn't save 20% on hockey equipment this weekend | Hockey Gear HQ
If you're not saving 20% on hockey equipment this weekend, you can't blame me for not trying to help!

Nashville Predators News

Predators' travel plans up in air with Swift Air bankruptcy, lawsuit | The Tennessean
Yikes, it looks like not only the Preds, but other NHL teams as well could be affected by the business troubles of a charter air service. This season, the Preds' are scheduled for the 11th-most travel miles based on the way the schedule plays out. Thanks to Charlie Jones on Twitter, for pointing out that Swift Air is owned by former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes. No wonder, then!

30 in 30: Nashville Predators still confident with Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne extensions -
As today's featured team at, the Preds are getting their time in the spotlight.

Nashville Predators' depth should overcome lineup losses -
The host of developing young players should prevent a big step backwards due to the departure of Ryan Suter.

Nashville Predators build talent pool without No. 1 picks -
Cue the Who - "the kids are alright..."

Defenseman Ryan Ellis must do more for the Nashville Predators -
Things are certainly set up for him to play in a sheltered role on the right side behind Weber & Klein, and contribute on the power play.

Pekka Rinne, Colin Wilson among Nashville Predators' six questions -
Yes, Yes, Yes, No, Yes, Yes.

Top Shelf Prospects: Nashville Predators | Last Word On Sports
A thorough look at three young Preds working their way up through the ranks.

Five Sleepers for 2012-13: The NHL's Western Conference - Angus Certified
One observer pegs Roman Josi for a big year.

Paul McCann - The "L" Word
Paul is redirecting his planned road trip for the upcoming season...

Top Moments From 2011-2012 – #8: Vancouver Rollercoaster Comeback | The Predatorial
This was one of the wilder games of the season.

A Dangerous and Deceptive Third Line: Matt Halischuk | The Predatorial
More love for the Bottom Six.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Source: NHLPA Plan B involves KHL games -
These sound pretty interesting, but forget about anything close to here.

NHL: Players, Owners have every reason to agree to new CBA on time - ESPN
Scott Burnside says the "fans should bolt if CBA halts season". Fat chance that'll happen. Remember, we're "fans", not disinterested consumers purchasing a commodity.

What will the NHLPA’s counter offer look like? | Edmonton Journal
If I were in the NHLPA, I'd go for UFA status after 5 years, 2 year ELC's, and offer a concession with the players' share being cut to 55% of hockey-related revenues.

The threat of a future lockout is partially my fault. - Battle of California
Partially? I'm putting ALL the blame on Earl.

Brandon Dubinsky: From Blueshirt to Blue Jacket - The Hockey Writers
Get familiar with an opponent we'll see six times a season now.

Dan Ellis Summer Training Video - The Goalie Guild
The former Predator is working his way back to regular NHL duty.

After Doan, teams may hunt Stars' Morrow -
Next on the pecking order of veteran physical wingers who can score...

Quick Has 'Minor' Back Surgery (Or: Don't Trade Jonathan Bernier, Part Deux) - Jewels From The Crown
Well, he did carry that team to the Stanley Cup.

The "Dave Tippett effect" |
How much can defensive scheming by coaches affect goaltending numbers?

NHLnumbers Podcast: All About Tracking |
It's too bad volunteers have to track data like scoring chances and zone entries. Can't we just fast-forward to 5 years from now when the NHL does this job well and makes the data publicly available?

Pythagorean expectation, or, maybe the Oilers aren’t horrible after all | Backhand Shelf
I love this kind of stuff.

Love, Loss, and the Lockout: Qasa’id for Hockey Fans | Backhand Shelf
Hockey, we just can't quit you.

OHL Announces Fines / Sanctions - OHL Network
The Windsor Spitfires got the smack dropped down on them. I wonder if this has to do with Mojo accounts?