Last night we had an interesting show on POTG Radio to get back in the swing of things after a three week layoff. At the beginning of the show, we had interviews with Ryan Ellis, Chet Pickard, Jon Blum, Anders Lindback, Patrick Cehlin, Joonas Rask and Ben Ryan that were gathered at the Predators Development Camp over the weekend.
Then, Ryan Porth of RLD Hockey joined us and we discussed a variety of topics from the Predator's recent activity, to the Awards Show and the Entry Draft, and then on to free agency. We even took a quick look at the Central Division and what an exciting race it will be next season.
Ryan's RLD Hockey Radio is tonight at 7 p.m. Central on BTR and features Dave Strader, Dennis Bernstein, Brian Metzer and Anthony Curotolo.
Please join us for the podcast from last night's show by using the following player or downloading from ITunes.
In Pred Nation...
Forechecker looks at which Predator's defenseman is ready to make the jump to the NHL in September.
AJ at PMFF puts a bow on the Development Camp with a few final thoughts. He follows that post with a look at the Predator defense for next year and potential outcomes of the September camp.
Jas Faulkner says size does matter with the Predators with a few thoughts from last weeks SOTU. She also has another post on the dearly departed from last season's team.
Mark at The View from 111 has a neat story from the Predators Youth Hockey Camp that started on Monday.
FS TN has a good article about Blake Geoffrion with his dad's thoughts on the coming season.
It is a little late but Seth Lake came up with the player numbers for the Pred's camp since they weren't publised by the Preds at camp.
The Nashville Posts goes deeper into the sham that the Sommet Group was pulling. The Tennessean has a long expose this morning on Sommet.
The City Paper has an article on a kid that Jackson used to play with, Tate Janasek. What makes him different from other high school players is that he has been deaf since birth.
From @dellis39: New team=new number...33...39 was already taken. Out with the old in with the new! So will he change his Twitter handle? The answer is yes... @33dellis.
From @NHLPredsInsider: 3/21/10 v STL Poile won his 1000th gm as a GM, becoming the 3rd GM to do so.
Wes Goldstein has an early look at the Central Division race and has a little different take that Ryan and I had on the show last night. He has more faith in Chicago ad doesn't realized Barry Trotz's magic with the Preds.
Around the NHL...
Big news on the Island should come out this morning as the Town of Hempstead is set to announce their alternative Lighthouse plan at 10 CDT today. Nick Giglia has his thoughts. He also has a copy of the Press Release from Kate Murray.
Helene Elliott has the latest on Kovalchuk from Los Angeles which is that there is little to report. Kovalchuk spent the day touring LA while Jay Grossman met with Kings officials. With the MLB All-Star game today, even if he is signed, it would not be officially announced until Wednesday. Matt Reitz takes a look at the Pros and Cons of a Kings-Kovi wedding.
The NHLPA held a charity gold tournament on Monday and get down to business today and Wednesday in formal meetings and could name Donald Fehr as their new executive director. Ken Campbell also discusses the vote on a new NHLPA constitution.
SportsBusiness Journal has the pay scale of Gary Bettman and other executives. Legal fees were $3.94 million which seems cheap considering all the Phoenix dealings.
From @adamjahns: #Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on matching Niklas Hjalmarsson's offer sheet: "We're going to get the paperwork done today."
Five questions about NHL Free Agency comes from Marcy at The Hockey Writers.
The Hockey News has a story about Ex-Pred Dan Hamhuis's trip to Haiti last month as well as a list of their all-time toughest fighters.
Intent to Blow has the strange story of Spain and the Chicago Blackhawks trash talking each other before a potential match of Ice Soccer.
Daily Faceoff pointed to this Wikipedia entry on offer sheets. If this is correct, it makes compensation easier to understand.
Russ Cohen looks at What is a Sport? This upset a few folks and led to some heated Twitter exchanges.
Odds and Ends...
Here's one for you cat people. Dahlia needs help at Always Write.
I was totally shocked that 5000 soccer fans went to LP Field on a hot Sunday afternoon to watch the World Cup finals on the big screen. I was much happier at the Pred's Development camp where the temps were more to my liking.
Since I won a bobblehead from The Office yesterday, here is a Michael Montage to celebrate.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass