Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Lunchtime Edition - Tweetup Wrap-up and Congrats to Dani

Thursday night's Tweetup at Past Perfect in downtown Nashville was quite a success. Ultimately about twenty-five Predator tweeters attended with an excellent representation from the Nashville blogging community.

There was plenty of discussion about Chris Chelios, the Phoenix situation, the troubled financial state of the league in general (and several teams specifically), and the potential for a major meltdown involving a lockout and rival league in 2011-12.

The upstairs room at Past Perfect was an excellent location for the Tweetup. The room has a Foosball table, darts, and even a putting green. Plenty of friendly completion was underway all night.

@ajinnashville was the official photographer for the event and has a bunch of pictures up on Facebook. It was great to meet a bunch of folks in person that I only knew from the Tweetdeck and good to see others that I haven't seen in a while. Thanks to @predsradio Tom Callahan for organizing the event. I would list all in attendance but my memory is too poor and I wouldn't want to slight anyone.

Congrats to Dani...

In honor of last night's Nashville Tweetup, Puck Daddy has the five reasons why Tweetup Queen and founder Dani Muccio loves hockey. This is a fun read. I'm one of Dani's biggest fans and have really enjoyed watching her rise to stardom since the first of the year. Hockey fans everywhere should really appreciate what she has added to community nature of the game through the Tweetup concept and working to connect others on Twitter. Congrats to Dani for getting recognition that she deserves.

In Pred Nation...

Dirk at On The Forecheck was out of town for the Tweetup last night but still has his Breakfast Links up this morning. He also has two great versions of Preds schedule wallpaper up on his site.

Mark at View from 111 has another posting of his weekly Friday "Views" that offer great insight from far and wide.

Jeremy at Section303 posted his thoughts on Chris Chelios as a Predator yesterday. Today, Paul McCann comments on the rumor of Chelios as a Pred. John Glennon throws the names of Greg DeVris and Ken Klee into the mix of possible D-Men at Inside Predators.

Jim Diamond takes a look at one position that the Preds enjoy strength and depth, the goaltender.

Rachel from What The Puck posted on Dan Hamhuis before heading to the Tweetup yesterday. I agree that he may be one Predator that will have extra responsibilities this season with a group of young defensemen.

The Edmonton Sun has an article about Jordin Tootoo having to leave his village and return to Nashville.

Pekka makes Adam Greuel's Top 15 Goalie list at Bleacher Report.

Pred Prospect Cody Franson will appear at at a Youth In-line Hockey Tournament in LaVergne tomorrow.

Here's the Colin Wilson photo from the Upper Deck photo session.

Around the NHL...

The ESPN duo of Burnside and Lebrun wrap up last night's Red-White game. After my whining all week about the game not being available on TV or the net, it turns out that it was actually shown at the CTVOlympics site. There's plenty of video of the action here.

No details but a meeting is scheduled for the NHLPA to discuss concerns with leader Paul Kelly.

Illegal Curve points to a article about the Coyote's situation that has a slightly different view of the matter.

With the retirement of JR, Craig Custance takes a look at other players who may be able to step up and take over his outspokenness on the game of hockey. Tim Thomas is listed as number one. At the NHL Awards earlier this summer, Tim stood and talked and answered every question in the room and was very eloquent in his discussion.

As expected, Patrick Kane got away with a slap on the wrist and an apology for the cabbie incident. Hopefully he has learned his lesson but I have a suspicion that we will see similar issues in the future.

The CBC reports that Oilers owner Daryl Katz has purchased property that could eventually be the site of a new arena. That would be great news for Edmonton if it pans out.

Let's hope the Blues don't have the injury bug again this year. The Hockey Writers report Eric Brewer missing the start of the season due to knee surgery.

Mirtle reflects on his first year at SB Nation while gearing up for year two.

Michelle Kenneth features Sean Avery information for the second day in a row and doesn't seem real thrilled with Sean.

Congrats to Chris Botta who tweets "@nyipointblank: Proud to be given opportunity by AOL to be a national hockey writer for Fanhouse. Still hope to find a place for my Islanders coverage."

Off Topic... Here's a great site that is big on Twitter now called "People of Walmart." From the comfort of your computer chair you can experience the best faces (and bodies) of Walmart without having to leave your house.

More Later...

Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass

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