Thursday night's Skate of the Union affair at the Sommet Center was a lot of fun. There was activity throughout the building with autographs by J P Dumont, Mark Dekanich and Cody Franson. Steve Sullivan was posing for pictures with fans and his Masterton Trophy. The biggest draw was the used equipment sale.
If was fun meeting some new folks and seeing friends. The blogging community was well represented with Dirk Hoag, Codey Holland, Mark Willoughby and Wes Cunningham all sitting near us. In closing remarks, Pete Weber even made a comment saying that he saw at least five bloggers in the crowd of several hundred.
There was an hour long round table discussion with David Freeman, Ed Lang, David Poile, Steve Sullivan and J P Dumont. It was all positive with considerable humor thrown in.
Mark from the View from 111 had his post up before I even got home. John Glennon has his highlights of the event here.
I will have my analysis of the event later but here is a Youtube play list of the entire event. (Note that there will be a pause between each of the seven clips as the credits run and it moves to the next video) Fore those who like to see their videos in a more traditional individual fashion, go here to where all seven parts are lined up on one page. They are also a bit larger there.
Other Pred News...
John Glennon had a post at Inside Predators contemplating what Max Afinogenov might look like on the ice for the Preds. It will never happen.
Forechecker has his Friday breakfast links here with a promise of more on the Skate of the Union information later.
Here's a pre draft article from Chris Pope from The Good Point on Ryan Ellis. Nice article and a really well done site. I'll be watching for more from these guys.
Brad Lauer, who has been Milwaukee's assistant coach the last two years, received a call from Ottawa to be the assistant there.
Fanhouse had an article about Shea Weber who they also picked as the 44th best player in the league.
Jim Diamond reveals the secrets of how the three stars of the game are picked.
Paul McCann writes about changing the instigator rule. I'll vote for that.
Around the NHL...
The big news on Thursday was that Marion Hossa was set to undergo shoulder surgery this morning. You have to wonder how much this played in to Dale Tallon's reassignment.
Another post from Fanhouse has Bill Daly's most recent take on the Phoenix situation. Today is the deadline for bids to be in so we should know how many local bidders there will be by the end of the day.
This article shows that Jim Ballsille doesn't limit his litigation to hockey. He stirs it up across the board.
The Globe and Mail has updated figures on the Coyote's losses over the last few years.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass
Happy Birthday to Rachel at What The Puck!
On the morning of the bids being due in Phoenix, Mirtle has an interesting post on the possibility of the Coyotes playing in multiple locations.
Nortel Networks and the Coyotes both rebuke Jim Ballsille for his takeover bids. At what point does Jim start to get the idea that no one wants to play ball (or puck) with him.