If you look at the Nashville Predators roster as it stands today. the 33 names on the list are what Barry Trotz would consider the "core" of this year's team.
Last year, the Preds played 35 different players over the course of the season. Regardless of who makes the final cuts and appears on the opening day roster, these 33 players all stand a good chance of hitting the ice in Bridgestone Arena at some point during the season as replacements will be needed as injuries and other circumstances arise.
The next week will be interesting as the Preds play three more exhibition games and pare down to the final roster.
Earlier today, we has a post about the reflections of the three new Preds playing their first game in Smashville.
Make the jump for the rest of today's news and links...
In Pred Nation...
Ryan Porth sees the picture on defense becoming clearer for the Predators.
Jim Diamond sees Ryan Suter's agent visiting Nashville as a positive sign.
The National Post has a feature story on Colin Wilson.
Colin Wilson is also hoping to be motivated by his playoff benching according to David Boclair.
Josh Cooper points out that there will be a heavy agent presence around David Poile this season with ten free agents coming up next summer. He also has a post about scoring depth on the Preds.
The Predators have a youth movement taking over the team according to Amanda DiPaolo.
Dirk Hoag elevated a fan post about the "Goo-Goo Goal" to the top page as he should have. He was also up early today with his link roundup.
Hockey prospectus looks at Nashville's success in one goal games.
Ken Wiebe has a feature on Jordin Tootoo slaying his demons.
Predatorial has his Billy Beane - David Poile look - part two.
Puck and Punk has his last set of color scales for 2011-12.
Predlines asks the question about Ryan Suter next year. They also look at Zack Stortini as the next Preds tough guy.
The Milwaukee Admirals open their camp today and look at Nashville's losses as a positive for them.
If you haven't already liked Zack Stortini's Facebook page, you should do so.
Around the NHL...
The worst kept secret of the year will officially become public today at 12:30 p.m. when the site of the Winter Classic will be revealed.
Strange goings on in New Jersey where co-owner Ray Chambers is willing to write a big check to buy his way out of ownership and then give his part of the team to Jeff Vanderbeek.
Here is a video of Sidney Crosby going through a controlled scrimmage over the weekend.
RLD's Saturday faceoff pits Chris Chelios against Mike Modano as the best US player.
Ex-Pred Matthew Lombardi has been cleared for contact in Toronto.
Will Patrick Kane move to the middle since the Hawks are short true centers?
Here's the latest edition of Shanahan TV where Brad Boyes gets two games for a head hit.
Owen Nolen is back on the free agent market after being released by Vancouver.
Jonathan Cheechoo was sent back to the AHL by the Blues.
The Anaheim Ducks season rides on the health of Jonas Hiller.
Todd Bertuzzi had a between the legs shootout goal against Chicago in the Wings shootout win on Sunday.
Odds and Ends...
The Tennessean has an article about women playing fantasy football that treats it as some type of novelty. They don't realize how many ladies play fantasy hockey.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass