I think we are officially into the off season now that the Predators Development camp is over. Up until this point, we have had a series of events to draw attention to hockey but we have now reached the point where there is little on the horizon for a while.
The 2009-10 schedule will be out on Wednesday which is always good for looking at dates and day-dreaming about what a Red Wings game will feel like on February 12 (example only) but it is not really an event.
We will have our regular Monday edition of PredsOnTheGlass Radio tonight at 7:00. We do not have any scheduled guests at this point. We are going to take a look at the just completed Development Camp and then take a retrospective look at the first season of POTG Radio. We hope you will join us live and if not please catch it on the podcast.
On another front, I misposted something on Twitter yesterday and it went out as a post but was supposed to be a DM. Anyway, it's out there now. POTG is in the process of building a new side project called "The Hockey Aggregator".
Basically, we are building thirty something sites, one for each team and a few specialty sites, that will try to bring links and RSS feeds into one place for readers convenience. Here is our test site that you can see. If you are reading this and want to insure your site or blog is listed, please email us at email@example.com and we will see that it is included.
In Predator Nation...
John Glennon had a story on the big goalie that we saw in camp on Saturday, Anders Lindback. At 6-6 he and Ian McKenzie were the tallest guys in camp. This morning John has a notes column that includes a piece on Nick Spalling who the Preds really like.
Section 303 has their update from the camp. It was great to see Codey and Jeremy in the locker room. Hopefully, this will be a trend that carries over into the regular season.
Jim Diamond has a closer look at the unsigned Casey Wellman who we spoke to on Saturday. He seems like a good player that the 2008 draft overlooked.
Holly Gunning was at the camp on Saturday and posts a few pictures at Prospects Annex. She has a funny story about Nick Oliver that I witnessed but didn't realize what was going on until I read the article.
David Boclair at the City Paper has a good story on Ryan Ellis.
Dirk has the Monday Round-up at On The Forecheck with a serious look at the fall in the salary cap in the 2010-11 season.
Ryan Ellis was on WKRN on Sunday night. Hopefully, the video will get posted this morning.
Around the NHL...
There are still a bunch of unsigned free agents left on the market. Ryan at the Red Light District looks at the best of what is left.
Mirtle takes a look at the situation with the bidders in Phoenix leading up to another motions hearing this morning. He questions if all the bidders are on the up and up. I would think that is doubtful.
Aaron Portzline takes an early look at the Central Division and how things stack up for the coming season. He's not real optimistic about the Preds. Still in Columbus, Eric Smith is looking at the player posibilities that seem to involve Columbus in a trade on a daily basis.
Surprisingly, the Dany Heatly episode in Edmonton still isn't dead according to the local paper.
On of our favorite writers Brian Metzer had an interview with the Pen's newest player, Jay McKee. Good stuff.
Two totally different takes on the Development camps in Tampa and on Long Island. Tampa had almost 5000 on Saturday night at their arena and had a meet and greet afterwards and the Islanders only allowed 400 in to watch on Sunday morning. So who had the better marketing plan?
Kat Kealy, who we met in Las Vegas, rounds up a two sport weekend in LA.
From Japers Rink, a couple of prospects will be Twittering from their development camp this week. Follow @washcaps to see what they say.
Smilin' Like a Butcher's Dog points to a Pens tribute video that will bring tears to your eyes (if you are a Pens fan, I assume).
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass
More in depth information on the players in court and potential for nastiness at this mornings hearing in Phoenix from Kevin McGran.
Can't wait for a #followfriday, Big Country Shawn Lavigne @htmbigcountry of Hockey This Morning is on twitter starting this morning. Everyone should give him a follow.
From @brandon_felder: @PredFans The Preds have agreed to terms with Nolan Yonkman. 1 year, 2-way contract. $500,000 on the NHL level and $115,000 on the AHL level for the 28 year old D-man Yonkman. The official Preds release is here. Milwaukee Ads release is here.
From @Forechecker: A very good read... RT @behindthejersey Interview with Ben Wright of Atlanta Thrashers. This is a good story about what the Thrasher's web coordinator does. This whole series that Sports PR Blog is doing is good reading.
From the Two Line Pass at Puck Daddy's comes some odd news about the two Winter Classic teams sharing the same dressing room. That should be interesting. He also calls Colin Wilson "The Handsomest Man in Hockey."
From Puck Daddy himself, did you know that Gary Bettman makes almost as much as Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky.
What has been rumored became true, Jacques Lemaire returns to New Jersey to coach the Devils.