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Austin Watson and Quinton Howden should be playing against each other tonight in a preseason game.
Austin Watson and Quinton Howden should be playing against each other tonight in a preseason game.

OK, now the pain of NHL Lockout 2012 starts to set in. Tonight in Sunrise, Florida, the Nashville Predators were supposed to hold a pre-season double-header against the Panthers, kicking off the exhibition season and setting alight speculation about who might come out of nowhere to earn a roster spot on Opening Night.

Instead, all we've got is the NHL & NHLPA meeting to put a bow on the financials from the 2011-2012 season today, which will lead to escrow refund checks (estimated at roughly 8% of last season's salary) to be sent to the players in a couple weeks. I've got a feeling that the prospect of those checks coming in will prevent any rush to the bargaining table by the players, so we could be stuck with just football for a good long while...

Nashville Predators News

Changing Of The Guard | Admirals Roundtable
Junta in Milwaukee!

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

NHL lockout: League does itself no favours in PR battle - National Post
The Predators' recent efforts stand out from the pack, as the league is, in general, coming off as dismissive of fan displeasure over the lockout.

Watch Tomas Plekanec’s sick set-up on a Jiri Tlusty goal (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy
Yup, we're desperate. Here's a highlight from the Czech Extraliga.

Ames and the Two-Glove Experiment - The Goalie Guild
A novel concept here, ditching the stick and going with two catching gloves.