The long summer drag is finally over...sorta.
Thanks in large part to the World Cup, hockey has arrived early this year. Despite the mixed emotions surrounding the tournament at least we don't have to claw through the darkest parts of the internet to find relevant hockey related news anymore. Team North America battles Team Europe on ESPN 2 tomorrow night at 7 p.m. CST in a pre-tournament meeting.
With that being said, brace yourselves, we're about to go from zero to a hundred real quick. Starting with the reveal of the new Nashville Predators' Captain on Thursday.
Nashville Predators News & Notes
The 23 minutes that shook the hockey world - Sportsnet.ca
A few years ago no one would have ever placed the Nashville Predators at the center of what may go down as one of the most shocking days in modern hockey history.
Preds Previews: Colin Wilson - Nashville Predators - Features
Ah, Colin Wilson watch '16-'17 begins.
Roman Josi, Pekka Rinne weigh in on Shea Weber/P.K. Subban trade - The Tennessean
Let's be honest, we're all going to miss the Weber/Rinne/Josi bromance.
Summer Series - Nashville Predators - Todaysslapshot.com
If you're easing yourself back into the hockey universe here's a summary of everything you missed and can look forward to from the Predators this season.
Other Hockey News & Notes
NHL offseason grades: Lightning, Preds get high marks; Bruins, Red Wings earn D's - CBSSports.com
The Nashville Predators had a great summer. The rest of the league...meh.
Team Canada’s blue line is under the microscope heading into the World Cup – ProHockeyTalk
My mind is still blown that P.K. Subban was not just snubbed initially but again when Duncan Keith had to bow out for injury.
American NHL players preparing for World Cup downplay anthem controversy - USAtoday.com
Why wouldn't they? NHL players are very well versed in not giving the media what they want. It's more surprising that they answered the question at all.
World Cup of Hockey doesn't mean NHL is done with Olympics - Tim Wharnsby on hockey - NHL on CBC Sports
For now, but Frederik Andersen getting hurt during a pre-Olympic qualifier sure does add fuel to the fire.
Goodbye, Mrs. Hockey | The Players' Tribune
Scott Gomez is a poet.
Predicting Whether Each New NHL Coach Will Be a Success or a Failure in 2016-17 - Bleacher Report
Players weren't the only ones getting new addresses this summer.
World Cup of Hockey: 10 Baffling Questions, Answered - Yahoo Sports
Regardless of how you feel about the World Cup, this is pretty funny. It does bring to light an interesting debacle, with each team's own battle of the goalies. Some of these teams are stacked with not just one or two of the best goalies in the league but three. Where do you even begin to decide who to start?