Last night was a roller-coaster of emotions. After buying in to the Canucks I was disappointed that they failed to show in every way in game seven.
On the other hand, I really like Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara as people, so it was great to see them hoist the Cup. They are both great folks and character people in addition to being great players.
The rioters were really disappointing. Keep in perspective that it was a few malcontents that caused the whole rampage on Vancouver last night and not a refection on the city in general.
Finally, the hardest thing to take long term is the fact that it will be 110 days before another meaningful NHL game will be played. Remember #summersucksdropthe puck. We will be here all summer so thanks in advance for reading.
Make the jump for today's news and links...
I will be on the Wade Neely Morning Show this morning at 8:35 CDT to discuss last night's game and this year's playoffs.
In Pred Nation...
Josh Cooper has a summary of items from yesterday's Predators press conference with David Poile and Peter Horachek as well as Nick Spaling's season in review. This morning, Josh has a new post about the slow moving free agent front.
Dirk Hoag had afternoon links and an interesting video of Gary Bettman on CNBC.
David Singleton has his Predators offseason preview at Hockey Independent.
The Predators are having an official NHL Awards party next Wednesday at Brewhouse South.
Rich Peverly became the 12th ex-Admiral (and Pred) to win the Stanley Cup.
ESPN the Magazine gives the Predators great marks on their Ultimate Team Rankings.
Scott Cullen has TSN's offseason look at the Predators.
J. P. Dumont is on a top ten list of buy out candidates from Adam Proteau.
Ananda DiPaolo catches up with Sebastien Lemm and the Elete Edge Showcase at A-Game Sports.
The crowd at the airport to welcome the Predators home before game six with Vancouver is one of Scott Burnside's most memorable moments of this year's playoffs.
Ex-Predator Joel Bouchard purchased the Montreal Juniors of the QMJHL. Bouchard played with nine different franchises and totaled 364 NHL games. He was with the Preds in the team's first two seasons.
The Tennessean reports this morning that Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood have purchased a large chunk of land near Natchez Trace in Williamson County and plan to build a new house.
The Province had great coverage of the post game "riots" and civil disruption at this feed.
Around the NHL...
The RLD folks make a case for each of the three Calder nominations.
Dis you know there was a "Triple Gold Club" for players winning the Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold Medal, and World Championship Gold. There are only 25 members and no goalies have done it after Roberto Luongo missed his chance last night.
RLD Hockey has their version of a mock draft.
View From My Seats has a look at who wins the Norris Trophy.
Michael Buble did indeed postpone his concert scheduled for last night for a day so that fans could watch game seven.
Eric Duhatschek gives insight into how the voting for the Conn Smyth is physically carried out.
The Hockey Writers have a post with all 16 playoff team's playoff MVPs.
St. Louis signed Vladimir Sobotka to a three year deal yesterday.
Adrian Dater thinks that the Avalanche may be leaning toward Jonathan Huberdeau with their second pick in the NHL Entry Draft next week. He also reports that the Avs signed Joakin Lidstrom who led the Swedish Elite League in scoring last season.
Niclas Wallin is leaving the Sharks and heading to Sweden to play next season.
Down Goes Brown had the game story from last night before it happened.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass