I am back from vacation (physically at least) and ready for an exciting week. I am leaving Wednesday for Las Vegas and the NHL Awards show and festivities on Thursday. Posts and updates and will continue to be limited and sporadic until things settle down again next week.
Tonight's PredsOnTheGlass radio should be an interesting show. As we have done in the past with other guests that mixed new media and hockey, our first guest will be Matt Prielipp of DaBuzz Media. I first became aware of Matt when he was tweeting to the @predfans group during one of the Predators visits to Phoenix last Winter when he was Pete and Terry's engineer on a game broadcast. Matt is a man of many talents from New Media guru to radio engineer. I've been wanting to talk to him for quite a while so I'm looking forward to the conversation..
By show time tonight, I can't imagine that we won't have a ruling from the courts on the Phoenix situations so we plan to have Travis Hair of Five for Howling for news and analysis of whatever is announced today.
There's also been a lot of weird news items over the last few days that we may discuss including Dany Heatly wanting out of Ottawa, Chris Pronger to the Kings (?), and the upcoming free agent market and whether it will be a frenzy or more reasonable come July first. We may also take a look at the NHL Awards show that I will attend on Thursday.
Please plan on listening since we always seem to have information you don't find elsewhere in the main stream media.
In Predator News...
John Glennon has a couple of stories today. One story has several interesting points including Jason Arnott calling on the team veterans to produce more offense and Greg DeVris acknowledging that he probably won't be back. The second story, is a bit of a tear jerker for Vern Fiddler fans. Vern has fallen in love with Music City and plans on remaining here regardless of where he signs the next contract.
Mark at The View from 111 has a really good look at what Hamilton would look like as an NHL city. As usual, he has a great analysis of the social and economic nature of the Hamilton area.
Paul McCann wraps up the finals in a post this morning.
Ryan at the Red Light District starts his off season team by team analysis and has the Predators in the first group. He also has plenty of information on next week's draft and free agent offerings.
From several days ago on the Preds site, I just saw this story about Cal O'Reilly's younger brother Ryan who will be drafted nest week.
Around the hockey world...
Belated congratulations to the Hershey Bears for their Calder Cup Championship as they beat Manitoba 4-1 on Friday night. This is their second championship in the last four years.
One of my favorites, Mick Kern, from XM Home Ice 204 was on The Program on BTR for two hours of conversation Sunday night. It is a great listen covering a wide range of topics.
The Hockey Barn has a NHL Awards story about a Russian brawl for the Hart trophy that sounds like it would be more suited if the three were in the NBA.
Longtime veteran defenseman Derian Hatcher is officially retired and has moved to the Flyers front office.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass
Heres something interesting from NHL.com, a list of the best picks at each position 1-30.