Last night's special Lighthouse Project/Islanders Edition of POTG Radio show was a good one. The podcast version runs about 80 minutes. We took extra time after the live broadcast to get into some actual hockey talk about John Tavares and what the Islanders plan to do with three healthy NHL goalies when the season starts.
We would like to thank our wonderful guests that included a panel of Nick Giglia who writes for Let There Be Light(house), Dee Karl AKA Islanders 7th Woman who blogs at her own site as well as serving as the Islanders correspondent at Hockeybuzz, and Katrina Doell, who is the Public Relations Coordinator for the Lighthouse Development Group and also writes for The Light Post.
While you might think the discussion of the Lighthouse project and the local politics of Long Island may be a dry topic, it is vitally important to the fans of the Islanders who don't want to face the possibility of of sale or relocation to another city.
Nick pointed out that he did not believe that a team that has won the Stanley Cup has ever been forced to relocate. The whole league benefits from the Rangers-Islanders rivalry so we all need to pull for a solution that will keep the Islanders in place. If you give last night's show a listen you will come away with a true appreciation for where things stand and will be willing to send support to the Islander's fans.
In Pred's Land...
From Tom Callahan, there will be a mini-Tweetup tonight at 6:30 at the Riverfront Tavern at Church Street and First Avenue. The tavern is an adult establishment so the POTG crew will wait for next week's all ages Tweetup that Tom also is planning. We will toast you from afar and watch for tweets with the #NHLTweetup hashtag.
Mark at The View from 111 has a nice post about Brent Peterson's benefit golf tournament.
Forechecker's all-time Predator team voting is going strong at OnTheForecheck. I proudly voted for Sully and Kimmo on the first day of balloting. Tuesday's Breakfast Links are done and ready for viewing too.
Jim Diamond continues his look at Team USA with a focus on defense. It is starting to look like the Pred's Ryan Suter will be a key player on the blue line for Team USA.
John Glennon covers several points at Inside Predators.
Tickets for the Preds three preseason games go on sale Saturday.
Around the NHL...
The Team USA news conference that opened with an apology from Patric Kane, was the most anticipated (at least for a few minutes) non-event that I've seen in a while.
The first day of the Team USA Olympic orientation camp was relatively uneventful as would be expected. ESPN's Scott Burnside and Pierre Lebrun gave a wrap up to Monday's activities in video and written form.
From San Jose comes word fromTodd McLellean that no one is captain . He claims that someone will earn the C's and A's in camp. It sounds like a good idea for a team that has consistently underperformed in the playoffs.
Blue Notes at Newsday has the first comments from Vinny Prospal after the official announcement of his signing with the Rangers. It appears that he is pleased to be back with John Tortorella and that Torts was a major part of his decision to take a pay cut to play for the Rangers.
The Hockey Zen has a new video with a discussion about Jeremy Roenick's potential for the Hall of Fame. I love watching the Nadeau brother's videos.
Here's an interesting note on Chris Chelios potentially sucking up to try to get a job in Toronto.
Mirtle has a piece that clarifies the ownership situation in Atlanta. The local writer that is quoted is a bit more positive than I would expect.
Chris Botta at Islanders Point Blank discusses the myth of open positions at camp. This is a good follow up to John Glennon's story last week about all the one-way contracts at forward in the Preds camp.
In the desert, Mirtle extracts 14 key scheduling issues to be considered prior to the September 10 court date. He also has additional discussion this morning from more of the 666 documents filed in the case. What a perfect number for this situation.
From XM 204's Hockey This Morning @htmbigcountry: Team USA hopeful Mike Komisarek interview on Hockey This Morning. They will continue to have interviews from the Team USA camp all week.
The moon and stars are potentially line up for labor showdowns in all four major league sports in 2011. Sports Business Journal has a capsule of each sports issues. All four leagues are represented by the same firm, details here. What would ESPN do if all venues went dark in the same year?
Psycho Puck Lady is on a roll with her top ten Puck Bunny Songs for the Office. She really needs more exposure for her wit and writings.
Finally, a look at some humerous finds from the Puck Daddy vacation in Maine.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass