You cant beat last night's 1-0 win by Vancouver over Boston to open the Stanley Cup playoffs. That wasn't the only big story yesterday as Gary Bettman gave his pre-SCF speech and pres conference and Colin Campbell and his replacement Brendan Shanahan appeared at the podium together.
Make the jump for tons of other news and links...
In Pred Nation...
The Brent Peterson Celebrity Golf Classic was officially announced by the Predators yesterday. It will be a major upgrade from the prior tourneys and will include additional activities that should be fun fo rall involved while raising money for a great cause.
Jim Diamond gave the grade to Pekka Rinne at On The Forecheck and got to mention Pekka's sweater going into space one more time. I wantto know who gave Pekka a B. What else could he have done?
Josh Cooper was busy reviewing both Cody Franson and Shane O'Brien's seasons. Josh is also going to have a chat session today at 2 p.m. CDT.
Jeremy Gover is up to number seven in his top 15 moments at Cellblock 303.
Paul McCann gives his thoughts on the Thrashers to Winnipeg sale.
Mike Fisher gives all his fans an update on his shoulder rebab at his website. Sounds like he is doing well.
It was made official that Preds Assistant coach Peter Horaceck was interviewed by Dallas for the Star's vacant head coaching job.
Ex-Pred Cliff Ronning gave away the secret in why he ruled in NHL 93 on Puck Daddy Radio.
Local sports guy, Rudy Kalis bumbled through another story about the Preds almost being bought by Winnipeg and Dirk Hoag memorialized the event and has a few of the several hundred #rudykalisremembers Tweets that gave kalis all the abuse that he deserves. It is a good thing that the folks over at WKRN are on the ball or there would be no legitimate hockey coverage in Nashville.
The annual Oakes Trophy was given to Tra'Darius Goff at Columbia Central High and a bunch of my family attended for the picture. It also gave the Daily Herald a chance to rerun an article I wrote about the history of the Oakes Trophy that goes to the best all round athlete at Central each year.
Here were our random thoughts from game one and the official story from NHL/com.
James O'Brien at PHT takes a look at a six degrees of Kevin Bacon scenario where a trade involving Cam Neely 25 years ago is still benefiting the Bruins.
If you ever wondered what a Canuck is, Puck Daddy has the answer.
The New York Times takes a look at "Canucks Fever" that is running rampant in Vancouver.
Adam Proteau uses a special formula to come up with the top ten stars of the playoffs which includes Pekka Rinne at number five.
Nuck;s Misconduct looks at ten plays leading up to the Finals appearance.
Dirk Hoag has a round up of predictions from Smashville while Puck Daddy rounds up his crew's prognostications.
Two Milwaukee Admiral alumni (as well as Predators) are facing off in the finals with Dan Hamhuis and Rich Peverly wanting to hoist the Cup.
Around the NHL...
It was revealed yesterday that Colin Campbell was stepping down as league disciplinarian and that Brendan Shanahan is the likely replacement.
The Florida Panther's made it official naming Kevin Dineen as their head coach. Here is the audio.
The Houston Aeros took a 2-1 series lead with a 2-1 win in Binghamton last night to take back home ice advantage.
Craig Custance looks at all the collateral damage in Atlanta where many careers are in limbo.
Seems like spitting into the wind but Thrasher fans have one last effort to send a petition to the NHL Board of Governors to vote against the sale of the Thrashers to True north.
Julie Robenhymer points out a few differences in the situations in Atlanta and Phoenix.
With limited folks able to participate, the drive to 13000 was at 1870 after 3 1/2 hours. Illegal Curve has this and more.
Ryan Porth analyzes the upcoming goalie market with who is available and who has needs.
Interesting post from Jeff Schultz looking at the top TV markets and the sports teams that they have.
Chris Johnston looks at J. S. Giguere's uncertain summer.
Pension Plan Puppets has an interesting post about players that have been drafted twice. Most have one thing in common that you will see if you look at the list.
Michelle Kenneth tipped me of to this "Hangover-type" story from a Canucks fan who went to San Jose.
Odds and Ends...
Here are the top five regrets people have on the deathbed. Summary would be to chill out and not worry.
My favorite tech item in the house, the Roku Box, now has a blog.
Here is a view from space of the scar left by the Joplin tornado on May 22. Here is a home surveillance camera from a few blocks from the tornado.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass