We have had quite a run this Summer with excellent guest during the off-season but none will be better than XM NHL Home Ice's Mick Kern who will be joining us tonight.
During the season Mick is the man who stirs the drink on the War Room, one of XM 204's liveliest shows. If you don't have an XMradio, Mick's show is worth the price by itself. Mick has been on vacation for some time this summer so I'm sure he has a few things on his mind.
Mick is a loyal Montreal Expos fan, even following the team since they have moved to DC. I'm sure his biggest disappointment was the premature end to the 1994 season when Montreal was on a roll. With Donald Fehr leading the baseball payers then, I'm sure Mick will have a few thoughts about the NHLPA's potential hiring of Fehr for the upcoming labor negotiations.
This is a show that I've looked forward to for a while and I'm sure you will find Mick to be one of our all-time top guests.
Please join us tonight at 7 p.m. Central at the following link or on i Tunes.
In Pred Nation...
Jim Diamond reports some progress in the negotiations between Cody Franson and the Predators. At least they are talking.
Jas Faulkner has part two of Fanwanking in Nashville with a look at the front office and coaching staffs.
The bargain player of the year for the Predators last season, Marcel Goc, is previewed by Chris Burton.
Forechecker's brain teaser for the weekend is what Predator players would you protect in an expansion draft. Dirk was also up early today with his Monday Breakfast links.
Sam at Predsblog is up to Patric Hornqvist's goal number nine in his one to thirty series.
Paul McCann has all the details on the Peterson for Parkinsons events coming up in the next couple of weeks. Jim Diamond also adds insight into the event.
Section 303 is asking for your vote for best blog and throws props out to a bunch of other folks too in the Nashville Scene competition.
Bryan Mullen offers up a story about the R and D camp in Toronto week before last. I guess his editor held the story up for about ten days. There must have been too many Titan's articles to squeeze it in before now.
Cody Franson isn't the only unsigned RFA, Ryan at the RLD has the others.
Journeyman Brett Palin, who is probably slated for duty in Milwaukee, has been working out in Kelowna with the Rocket rookies.
Will today be the day that the NHL finally give approval to the alleged 15 year $100 million contract that has been submitted for review?
Michelle Kenneth has spent some time studying the original arbitration ruling in the Kovalchuk case and has some interesting observations.
Around the NHL...
Paul Kariya will sit out this season with post concussion syndrome. At 35 years of age, it is somewhat doubtful that he will play again.
The annual Rookie Showcase that is put on by the NHL and NHLPA in conjunction with hockey card companies will be this Wednesday in Toronto. The Pred's Jon Blum and Chet Pickard are wo of the 23 potential rookies that will appear.
Adrian Dater gives his thoughts on the potential Donald Fehr hiring and explains the issues within the NHLPA fairly well. Escrow is the elephant in the room among the players that no one wants to discuss publicly.
Brian Costello feels that a bad economy will keep the NHL and NHLPA from having a strike in two years..
@IceEdgeDJ: Ice Edge is holding a press conference in Thunder Bay on Monday. They plan to
announce a new ECHL team in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Ryan at The RLD has his top five rookie picks for your fantasy draft. Ryan also made the announcement on his free season preview PDF Book that he does every year. It is always top notch.
Michelle Kenneth is starting a 4:00 Trivial contest on Twitter. Here are the rules.
Blake Benzel has an early Central Division preview at Wild Nation while Clayton Hansler previews the division defensemen at Hockey Quarterly.
Eric McErlain has interesting comments in the aftermath of the whole Puck Daddy credentialed blogger discussion last week. Eric is probably as close to an expert in the matter as anyone having penned guidelines for credentialing procedures that were later adopted by the Capitals.
Nikolai Khabibulin was convicted of DUI in Phoenix on Friday and could face jail time at his upcoming hearing. Phoenix is probably one of the tougher jurisdictions for DUI punishment with their famous tent city.
The Ottawa Senator's team doctor was critically injured in a motorbike wreck on Saturday.
A couple of signing on Sunday include Lee Stempniak in Phoenix and Sam Gagner in Edmonton.
Odds and Ends...
I'm not into high dollar spa type Bed and Breakfast places but this one seems particularly intriguing, especially since I like Sedona so much.
Dwight Schrute's latest blog is about Lilith Fair and is far from being PC. He attended a stop on the tour expecting farm animals and was disappointed.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass