Thanks to all who came on PredsOnTheGlass Radio last night. It was a fun show. Montreal NHLTweetup organizer and the hockey queen of Twitter, @dani3boyz came on and brought traveling partner Kate aka @antheia and Doug aka @NYIsles10 who covered the draft for Isles Official's Outlook with her. Jeremy Gover from Section303.com was on briefly with us before he headed out to L.A. (lower Alabama).
It was fun to hear the escapades of the tweetup crew including hanging with Bruce Boudreau and seeing the Stanley Cup paraded around in the streets. A good time was had by all in Montreal but mostly it was all about new friends and old friends hanging out and getting to know each other better. It was a fun show to do and anyone that listens will enjoy it too.
For pictures by @antheia go here. It helps visualize the stories on the podcast. Here's a link to another set of pics, starting with George Laraque plaing hockey with a bunch of kids on the synthetic ice outside the Bell Centre.
Around the Pred Nation...
John Glennon reports little action on the Preds front as far as signing any UFA's. He goes further and discusses what the Preds may encounter on the Free agent market come Wednesday.
Paul McCann also checks in with a few free agent ideas.
Forechecker's daily round up is here and also focuses on free agency.
Bleacher report asks the question"Is David Poile up to the Challenge?"
From David Boclair at The City Paper, Gerry Helper has been added to the Team USA communications team. Gerry is a key player for the Preds front office and does more than you could ever imagine, including being Steve Sullivan's "handler" at the recent NHL Awards show.
Canada's #1 Predator fan checks in on the draft.
Around the NHL...
Ryan at the RedLightDistrict is adding tons for free agent stuff by the hour and also has a funny piece on Brian Burke.
We are not going to try to cover every signing over the next few weeks but I do think that the Pens resigning Bill Guerin is an important one for their team and continues a good story of his jumping from a last place team to win the Stanley Cup late in his career. Jussi Jokinen back to Carolina at a good price is also noteworthy.
Marion Hossa will have to decide between the home town discount of $4 million a year with Detroit or cashing in elsewhere.
Former Phoenix owner Jerry Moyes doesn't like the $148 million bid by Jerry Reinsdorf, presumably because there is noting in it for him. Bill Daly will be in Phoenix tonight to rally support. Details at SaveTheCoyotes.
From E J Hradek, what about a return to the ice for Ed Belfour.
John Tortorella says that the "party is over" at Blueshirt Banter.
Here is something rally random... I was really fascinated with this castle on an island in the middle of the Hudson River when @antheia sent a Twitpic on their journey to Montreal. Now I know all about it and you can too.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass
Checking out my TweetStats! Interesting the path we leave behind. @dani3boyz is my most popular reply. The rest of the graphs aren't surprising either.
The Hockey News has a look at the Central Division Free Agency picture.
SBN is kicking off a series of podcasts on BTR hosted by various page hosts. Tonight's is the first and is hosted by Defending Big D. This should be a good addition to the BTR hockey offerings.
Ted Leonsis claims bloggers have "raised the game" for newspapers and traditional media in a good interview that was done at the Awards show.
USA Hockey announced a list of 34 players invited to attend to attend the orientation camp in August. Ryan Suter is the only Predator invited to camp.
Ryan at the RLD just posted his final Free Agent Frenzy Predictions.
Per @kausatoday: Agent Steve Bartlett just told me that clients Sullivan, Scuderi, Cole and Gionta are going into the market barring unforseen changes. This can't really be a surprise to anyone. John Glennon has an update that outlines Sully's choices.
Mirtle buts together a good summary of all 30 teams free agent needs in a handy chart.