This is the week that fans across the NHL universe have been waiting for. Many rookie camps, including the Predators, open today and veterans report for their physicals and testing on Friday.
Unfortunately, I am celebrating the occasion by spending the better part of the week in the hockey-less Columbia, Missouri tied up in meetings and evening events. Therefore, expectations of what we normally produce may need to be curbed slightly for the week.
We will not be having POTG Radio tonight but will return next week in the regular time slot on BTR with fantasy guru, Rob Higgins who just released Hockey Fantasy Index which you can order by clicking the picture of the book in the right column.
I will return by the end of the week and can't wait to make it over to Centennial on Saturday when the full camp opens. For those making it to the rink before then, have fun and Tweet and write about it so I can be jealous.
I feel certain Ryan Porth of RLD Hockey, Jeremy Gover of Section 303, Josh Cooper of the Tennessean, and several others will be out in force week bringing you all you need to know this week.
In Pred Nation...
Jim Diamond has a great story from the Peterson for Parkinson's event. He tells of the friendship between Brent Peterson and ex-NBAer Brian Grant.
Another great story this weekend came from Sam at PredsBlog. He went to David Freeman's office and got a interview that concluded with an update on W Brett Wilson becoming part of the ownership group.
Jeremy Gover catches a little of Mitch Korn's humor in an interview at Section303. He also talks to Patric Hornqvist and Jonas Andersson. I love what Jeremy is doing with his "Three minute" pieces.
Josh Cooper has been busy with stories about the Pred's young defensive prospects, forward prospects, and a copy of the Press Release on Saturday about the NHLPA sending the recommendation of Donald Fehr to the players at large for a vote.
Pred's Fest returns the weekend of September 23 to 26 with all kinds of activities and free tickets to the Game against the Hurricanes on September 23. Go here for all the details.
Our Friend Jamie Cartwright is in a contest to sing the national anthem at a Pred's game. We would appreciate a few clicks for her at this web site. It should be no contest if you listen to all three.
Nick Spaling is previewed at OnTheForecheck. He is well liked by all in the organization and was a surprise to many fans last year. He is a prototypical Barry Trotz style player.
David Boclair at The City Paper has an article that is somewhat critical of David Poile for putting together teams that are just good enough to make the playoffs.
Big Kev returns with a "Roll Call" of players as the Pred's get ready to open camp.
Around the NHL...
Matt Reitz has part four in his series of division previews with another assemblage of writers, this time from the Pacific Division. This series is something that I look forward to seeing because it involves thirty writers that know their teams well.
The Battle of California picks the five lamest stories of the summer. Amazing it wasn't a top 10 list with so many to choose from.
Eric Duhatschek has ten things to look for in the coming season at The Globe and mail.
Damian Cristodero spoke with Dan Ellis and has the first direct quotes that I've seen from Dan on the issue.
David Getz has a great piece that uses numbers to prove a point that I've been discussing for a while. The biggest challenge for the NHLPA will be getting everyone in every salary range on the same page because most players are not getting the benefits of the top range players.
The Goalie Guild has a goalie depth chart of all 30 NHL teams. This is pretty amazing.
Mirtle talks to Brian Burke about his involvement in the Kovalchuk saga. It's good to hear this side of it.
Rod Brind'Amour took a job with the Hurricanes with a funny title, "Director of Forward Development."
The Hockey News Puck Panel discusses social media in the NHL. The puck needs to drop soon so we can move on.
Interesting fact from @wraparoundcurl: "146 WHL players have been invited to NHL camps, including 95 drafted in LA in June. The Portland Winterhawks have the most- w/ 13 players" That would include the Pred's Taylor Aronson who will return to Portland after rookie camp.
Odds and Ends...
With the Space Shuttle down to its last couple of flights, NASA gave employees a rare opportunity to see the Discovery up close and have pictures made with it. It was a bittersweet moment for many who have devoted their lives to the program.
Is it any surprise that social media is the number one use of the internet?
I saw several folks Tweet about this and watched the series. It is a nice video piece about the real Detroit (not the one you imagine).
Buddy Oakes for PredsOntheGlass