Tonight on POTG Radio we are finally going to have the show that we have been looking forward to for some time. We will have communications pro, Michael Langlois, who runs the web site Vintage Leaf Memories among many other duties.
Michael and I are the same age, but he has been a die-hard Leaf's fan since he was old enough to know what was going on in the late fifties. Many interesting stories are recounted at his site.
He was a broadcaster in the seventies and eighties but moved on to start his own company in 1989 as a communications adviser to many sports entities and individuals as well.
Tonight's show should be interesting as we will try to understand many of the issues in hockey today with a long look back at history to see how we got to where we are today.
In Pred Land...
The "Weekes for Backup Campaign" got the attention of Craig Custance at The Sporting News who has a post about it on Saturday.
Happy Birthday to Dirk at OnTheForcheck who turned five yesterday. Forechecker got the discussion started for the weekend asking if there was a moment in Preds history that caused fans to give up on the team.
Jim Diamond caught up with one of the newest Predators, Matt Halischuk, at the recent development camp. He and Nick Spalling were on the same line together in juniors.
NHL.com has an extensive look at the growth of hockey in Nashville and the Preds drafting a hometown player.
Predsblog takes an look at what the Preds are getting from David Legwand. He is also up to goal number four for Patric Hornqvist and has serious questions about Ryan Parent's abilities.
Chris Rydburg compares Alexander Radulov to a Cheating Ex-Girlfriend at Pro Sports Blogging.
Rachel at What The Puck watched The Mighty Ducks last night in week one of her summer hockey movie watch.
SeePuckCity has started a new site called GoalieAGoGo to follow his pursuit to become a goalie.
There is a new book coming out about Jordin Tootoo written by Melanie Florence. Amazon lists the availability date as August 23.
Preds UFA Hugh Jessiman was picked up by the Blackhawks where he will attempt to take the monkey off his back as the only 2003 first rounder not to play in the NHL.
It appears that the NHLPA will file a grievance against the NHL today before the 5 p.m. deadline. The process of finding an arbitrator and setting a date will not be a quick one I am afraid.
Dave Gutzman wonders if Kovalchuk could become the next Radulov.
The National Post has more on the NHL's weak case on the Kovi contract.
Matt Reitz gives Gary Bettman a break this week for challenging the Kovalchuk contract.
Around the NHL...
Wife, Dahlia, tells all on The Schwartz. Interesting stuff that makes him the best candidate to be the next Canadian sportscaster. #DraftTheSchwartz. Launy also got the attention of the local newspaper in Thornhill who did a nice piece on him.
Patrick Hoffman looks at the tough summer it has been for goalies looking for a job, especially Marty Turco and Jose Theodore.
Popular Islanders broadcaster Billy Jaffee, who also is a regular on NHL Live, did not have his contract renewed with MSG. Chris Botta is at a loss as to why.
Adrian Dater picks his top ten centers.
Maple Leaf Gardens certainly has a new look with a grocery store under the third floor rink.
Adam Proteau misses the Tweets of Paul Bissonnette as much as anyone it appears.
Intent to Blow's weekly wrap has a very LA look to it with kudos to Kingscast and View From My Seats.
ESPN Outside the Lines looks at the dangers of arena/stadium food. This got a lot of discussion over the weekend. The Islanders got a clean slate while the Caps appear to be one of the worst.
Odds and Ends...
The Huffington Post looks at America's passion for ice cream.
A study has been done to determine the mood of the nation at any given time by a massive effort to analyze the aggregate content of Tweets. The article also has a "mood map" that shows changing moods by states.
The author of 1000 blog posts over four years gives ten tips to other bloggers.
ESPN Ombudsman Don Ohlmeyer takes a hard look at "The Decision" fiasco at the ESPN site.
After a couple of Tweets with Su Ring, I found this web site with information about the Electric Cowboy Festival that was held here in our hometown of Columbia, Tennessee. It is interesting that with all the big name acts that it only drew about 10,000 for the three day festival. Now, Bonaroo draws 100,000 just 75 miles away.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass