We start today with sadness as for the second time this offseason an active NHL player has met an unfortunate death at a young age. Rick Rypien was found dead in his home a month after signing a one year, $700,000 contract with the Winnipeg Jets.
Earlier this summer Derek Boogaard died of drugs and alcohol at his apartment in Minnesota. Rypien has taken leaves of absence twice in his career due to injuries and personal problems. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, team-mates and all who knew him.
A memorial will be held outside the Rogers Arena tomorrow at 2 p.m.
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Today at Noon CDT, Ryan Porth will present the latest episode of RLD Hockey Talk and will have Justin Bourne as the featured guest. Justin is always good as he give his unique inside perspective on all the events going on in the hockey world.
In Pred Nation...
Jeremy Gover at Section 303 revisits their all time Predators team. He also speculates that the new 102.5 "The Game" may be in waiting to take over the Predators' broadcasts. Zack Bennett links to the station's somewhat questionable coverage map that has Columbia and Murfreesboro outside the local coverage area.
Minor changes in start times for Predators games was announced on Monday. The Preds' game at Calgary was moved from 8 p.m. to 8:30 and The game in New York against the Rangers on January 17 was pushed back from 6 p.m. to 6:30.
NHL.com's 30 teams in 30 days is up to the Predators analysis today where they question is the team has enough depth to replace veterans with kids. I have a similar take at In Lou We Trust that will be out in a day or two.
Ryan Porth has his season preview for Blake Geoffrion.
Robby Stanley wants to see the Preds beef up their shot count this season.
NESN has their season preview of the Predators.
Paul McCann has a few choice things to say about ESPN and hockey as well as a roundup of other topics.
Jas Faulkner has an interesting piece on the Power of the 20.
Fang Faction has five reasons to be excited for the coming season.
News on Alex Radulov from @dchesnokov: Alexander Radulov is on Twitter @RADUL22
Around the NHL...
After plenty of speculation over the weekend Ray Shero said that Sidney Crosby has not shut down his offseason workouts. He refused to speculation on his availability at the start of camp.
The Hockey News starts their countdown today of the 15 to one rankings in each conference naming Ottawa and Edmonton as the picks for the cellar.
Puck Daddy has a bad fight from the KHL as well as the worst non-fight from the NHL. Great summer viewing.
The Business Journals ranks over-extended sports markets. Nashville appears to be in decent shape.
Ex-hot shot Fabian Brunnstrom has been asked to attend the Red Wings camp for a tryout. That should be a good fit for the Swede.
Anthony Perez reports that Phoenix fans are not going to get overly excited about the latest ownership rumor.
Don Granato has been named to head the USA Hockey Team Development Program.
Kevin Allen takes a look at the Islanders' plans to have a viewing party for the replay of the fight filled game from February 11 when there were 15 fights and 346 minutes in penalties.
Odds and Ends...
Google announced that it was buying Motorola Mobility, the maker of many Android phones, yesterday. So what will that mean in the long term?
Forbes had pronounced Google+ a failure.
"Flash Mobs" appear to be moving to the US as evidenced in this video. This proves that there is a fine line between peace, civility, and anarchy.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass