The Predator's players showed up at the Bridgestone Arena last night for final meetings and locker clean out. Barry Trotz appeared to be in good spirits as he received congratulations from all on the award nomination.
As the players prepared to head out for the summer they were available for questions. We took a little different approach and asked some questions that fans might find interesting. We will publish a series of videos over the next few days that we hope you find enjoyable.
The first video is about their plans for summer vacation.
Jerred Smithson, Dustin Boyd, Cal O'Reilly, Nick Spaling, Marty Erat, Dan Ellis, Marcel Goc, Cody Franson, Pekka Rinne, Ryan Suter, Shea Weber and Steve Sullivan speak.
Preds at the World Championships...
Another topic of conversation was about a few of the Predators playing in the World Championships that start on May 7 and run through the 23 at several sites in Germany.
Though not officially announced Pekka Rinne will play for Finland, Denis Grebeshkov will play for Russia, and Marcel Goc, Alexander Sulzer, and Robert Dietrich will play for Germany. Marty Erat said that he was undecided and waiting on results from his post season physical exam before making a decision to play. Dan Hamhuis rejected Team Canada's invitation to participate.
Here are a few comments about the upcoming tournament.
Marcel Goc, Marty Erat, Pekka Rinne, and Shea Weber speak.
First Round Finale...
In one of the bigger upsets in recent years, the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadians upset the Washington Capitals in game seven 2-1 to send the President Cup winner packing. This upset was a double whammy for the US television networks who not only lost a big attraction in Alexander Ovechkin, but now have two Canadian teams in the final eight,
Quick Start to the Second Round...
In somewhat of a surprise move, the second round series between the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks will begin tonight at the HP Pavilion (Versus 8:00 CDT). Game two in the series will not be until Sunday due to a conflict with concerts by The Eagles on Friday and Saturday nights.
The complete second round schedule was announced last night after the Caps-Habs game. Montreal will have little time off as they will play at Pittsburgh on Friday night. On Saturday, Philadelphia will travel to Boston for the 11:30 CDT NBC game while Vancouver will open in Chicago in the nightcap.
Jackson and I will look at our first round results and make our picks for the second round later today.
In Pred Nation...
John Glennon has notes from last night's locker clean out that includes Dan Hamhuis being nominated for the King Clancy Award which is given for outstanding contributions to the community. He also had a discussion with J P Dumont on his lack of playing time this season.
Jim Diamond goes into more detail about Patric Hornqvist's broken hand that was kept under a veil of secrecy for the last two weeks.
David Boclair also discusses injuries down the stretch that are just now coming to light.
Mark Willoughby looks back at what could have been for the Preds this season and also looks at Barry Trotz's Jack Adams nomination.
Forechecker has the top ten moments of this year's Predator season. He also has more detail about Dan Hamhuis' King Clancy nomination.
Jeremy at Section 303 discusses the Barry Trotz nomination for the Jack Adams award.
Paul McCann had the first leak of the Barry Trotz as a Jack Adams nominee along with a few season ending thoughts.
Horrible news out of Milwaukee... Our friends at Short Shifts are retiring from blogging the Admirals. Best wishes to Eric and Ryan who have been good friends of POTG.
From @dchesnokov: Predators' Martin Erat will play for Czech Republic in this year's Worlds. Hanzal, Vrbata, Prucha & Michalek also invited.
Rachel Addison has put together a playlist of songs heard at Predator games to help you make it through the long off season. I'm sure she would be happy to take further suggestions.
Around the NHL...
The NHL and IIHF have come together for the Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit which will be held in Toronto August 23 to 26. International competition and transfer agreements will be discussed among a variety of topics.
BD Gallof has more on the Casino idea on the Island.
Nashville's Amy Dawson is featured in a story at Hockey Independent on female hockey fans.
ESPN is doing a poll on hockey. Go here to rep your team.
Matt Reitz has an analysis of past President's Trophy winners to try to find evidence of a curse. He way want to ask the Caps about it if he needs more evidence.
Intent To Blow has the story of Roberto Luongo being tired of getting Booed by the home crowd.
Stay Classy also has a humorous piece with the NHL yearbook.
Odds and Ends...
I found a new BB app that is really cool and does sever things well even in the backwoods of Tennessee. It is called Poynt and can be found at the BB App World. In a single app you can find people, businesses, restaurants, movies, and the lowest gas prices. It's a location based app so whatever category you choose, the results will be the places in your area no matter what city you are in.
Even folks in Tennessee don't know what to do with these cow parts.
Hell froze over and I missed it. The Boy Scouts are now giving a video game badge.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass