It doesn't get much deader for hockey happenings than a weekend in early August. Here's a few items that I'll throw out instead of waiting until Monday.
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In Pred Nation...
Mark at the View From 111 is back from a week at the beach and tackles the Boots DelBiaggio situation that Tripp Mickle covered this week. As always, Mark adds perspective that you don't get elsewhere. I would say that the lessons learned by the NHL probably have toughened the standards that any potential owner will have to meet.
Admirals Shorts Shifts has word that Ian Herbers will be Milwaukee's new Assistant Coach. He comes to the Ads from a most recent stint as the Head Coach of the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL. Here is another story from the Tribune Democrat in Johnstown.
From @Smashville your Pred's August wallpaper is up at On The Forecheck. He is a wizard at working with photoshop. He designed our masthead as well as section303's and many others. Thanks to Smashville for all his good work.
Around the NHL...
A hearing is now set for Monday to deal with the flurry of motions filed after last week's meetings with the NHL Board of Governors and potential buyers. The Examiner has more.
Oddly enough after Save the Coyotes came out with a fairly positive article on Ice Edge's traveling road show version of the Coyotes, The Hockey News now has an article in strong opposition. This seems backward from what it should be.
Jake Duhaime gives some insight to Winter Classic tickets at Inside Hockey.
From @scoobydoozi: $3.9 million award to Nikolai Zherdev? Let him walk. He hasn't earned that size of a paycheck. Jan Levine adds perspective.
From @SportsBizNews NYP reporting a southern-based NHL team has interest in moving a handful of October home dates for 2010-11 to Quebec City. What a great rumor to start. Are all non-traditional teams going to do a road show in Canada? Larry Brooks says it would never be approved in the original post at the NYP.
Backyard astronomy folks can get free skymaps at this site. They have a new one every month with a discussion about what is going on in the night sky. I wish I had one of these on our visits to Chaco Canyon.
Here is a video of Crystal Geyser erupting near Green River, Utah. It is very hard to see in person because of its irregular 8-22 hour cycle. It is a cold water geyser beside the Green River that was caused by drilling in the 1930's. The rock formation of orange tavertine that it comes out of is a sight to see in itself. It's worth a detour off of I-70 if you are ever passing through Eastern Utah.
Here is a Global Warming Test that gives interesting information.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass