Last night, I was privileged to be a guest host along with Anthony Curatolo on Ryan Porth's RLD Radio's show that featured Kevin Allen of USA Today and Canada's next "Schwartzcaster" Launy "The" Schwartz from Hockey54.
Kevin Allen gave plenty of insight into the upcoming arbitration between the NHLPA and NHL in the Kovalchuk matter. Launy provided the latest update in his bid to become Canada's next sportscaster in the Drafted 2 contest. He also gave insight into which Canadian cities would be successful if another NHL team were to go to Canada in the next few years.
With the offseason in full swing, it's great to have a variety of hockey shows on BlogTalkRadio to keep the hockey talk going strong every night.
It was a great show that moved from serious hockey talk of the day on to fun and frivolity at the end with me doing my impression of Launy, with a Southern accent, and also trying to convince Ryan to go to the Nashville Roller Girls final match of the year to cover the action. Check it out.
There's more summer hockey talk tonight on BTR with Chris Wassel and his gang celebrating two years of shows with a special birthday show to commemorate the occasion. Adam Proteau, Sean Leahy, Russ Cohen and others are scheduled to appear. It gets started at 8 p.m. EDT.
In Pred Nation...
In an article at NHL.com, Pekka Rinne is shown to be one of the NHL's best goalies in the shootout.
Jim Diamond has a story about goalie prospect Anders Lindback being too big for his pads at this summer's development camp.
Section 303 speculates on the signing of Patric Hornqvist. Bryan Mullen at the Tennessean says that the Hornqvist deal is David Poile's top priority.
David Boclair also discuses the value of Hornqvist as does Dirk Hoag at On The Forecheck.
PredsBlog has a few notes in Puck Pile.
Predlines starts a four-part series of gains and losses from the Preds roster.
Aaron Sims looks at what the Predator's opening day roster may end up looking like.
Danielle Browne has more on Chuck Weber leaving the ECHL Champion Cincinnati Cyclones to become the head coach of the Rochester Americans.
Darryl Dobbs doesn't see a whole lot of fantasy value for Preds players. That's fine if they continue to score and win by committee.
Ken Campbell explains that the arbitrator in the Kovalchuk case could conceivably restructure the contract to make it a flat $6 million a year for 17 years.
Coyote's Hip Shot rants at the latest Ice Edge news. Coyote fans are sick of the situation and makes us thankful that the local owners stepped in in Nashville and avoided the same type mess.
The Yotes Examiner, Anthony Perez, questions the competence of the City of Glendale in handling closing the deal with Ice Edge Holdings. I did a little checking with a trusted source in the valley that confirms that the COG mat be the ones in question at this point, not the Ice Edge group.
From @mirtle: Bill Daly on the Coyotes situation: "We don't have any comment on the report. We have no new information on Ice Edge's bid."
TSN reports that Ice Edge denies that they are having trouble with their financial dealings.
Around the NHL...
The press conference for the Winter Classic was held at Heinz Field yesterday and had all the drama of a neighborhood tiddlywinks contest. However, it was about as close as you get to live hockey in July. Here is NHL.com's take on the event. The best part of the event was after the NHL Network cameras were off and the players on hand took shots at the goal post with pucks.
They should have had Max Talbot give his opinion about Alex Ovechkin if they had wanted something newsworthy. Here's an article with the "expletive" not deleted. I was unaware that it was that bad a word. I'll have to start washing the kids mouth out with soap when they use it.
Matt Reitz has a few things to look forward to at this year's Winter Classic.
While the media was at Heinz Field, Mario and Sid took a spin on the ice at the Consol Energy Centre.
Michelle Kenneth looks at the possibility of a lockout in 2012.
Matt Moulson and the Isles avoided arbitration with an agreement on a one-year, $2,45 million contract. Along with the Mason Raymond contract on Monday seems to be giving the Preds a good idea what Patric Hornqvist may be worth.
Several other notable signings yesterday included, Alexander Frolov by the Rangers, Thomas Fleischman by the Caps, and Alex Ponikarovsky by the Kings. We had a good discussion on RLD Radio about whether a team would want Frolov or Poni for $3 million with no clear answer.
Blake Wheeler's arbitration hearing was held but their has been no ruling yet. Regardless of the outcome, if the Bruins accept the result, it will put them over the salary cap.
Ryan at the RLD does a "what if" and redrafts the 2002 Entry Draft based on what is known of the class today.
Puck Daddy has a story about a woman who wants to burn the Stanley Cup for a cause. This is an interesting idea to support loved ones with cancer.
Intent to Blow say's Jay Grossman has found time for a new client, a hockey forum commentator.
Odds and Ends...
What is it about an 80's night that brings out the worst in people? Here's a video from the Rogers Centre from Monday night's Jay's game.
Adrian Nadeau updates that their begr8ful.com site has really taken off. In a negative world, it is good to see folks acknowledging their blessings.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass