Could today be the day that David Poile makes a move on one or more of his RFA;s that are up for tomorrow's arbitration hearing? He has now indicated that he probably would not re-sign all of the crew regardless of the outcome.
My guess is that he will sign Spaling at all costs, Kostitsyn if the price is right and is maybe 50-50 on Halischuk and O'Reilly. We will know soon.
In today's news, we hear of a new third line defense for the Preds, the real story on Patrick Cote, a skinny Alex Ovechkin, and much more after the jump...
In Pred Nation...
Jeremy Gover did yeoman's work getting the audio from David Poile's interview on 104.5 The Zone where he broke the news to Preds fans that the third defensive pairing may consists of two more rookies (Jon Blum excluded). Poile had hinted previously that Teemu Laakso had a slot to lose. Jeremy also spent three minuted with media favorite Magnus Hellberg.
Jim Diamond has the story of two Predator prospects that are fierce rivals in the annual Beanpot Tournament in Boston.
Smashville 24/7 looks at where former Predators have landed.
Cody Franson was on NHL Home Ice Power Play and he is elated. Here is the audio. The Eagle Valley News also tells of Cody's excitement to be a Leaf.
Dirk Hoag takes a look at potential trade targets for the Predators over the next couple of months and has his late day links. In his Morning Links he has details of a Thrash to the Smash promotion to lure Atlanta fans to Nashville and also a new Preds blog.
Jordan Tootoo gave a motivational speech and packed the house for three hours in Coral Harbor.
Paul McCann has his thoughts on the potential Weber deal and a few other points.
Aaron Sims tries to put the last week in the Predators organization into perspective.
Mike Fisher has a "Real" Facebook page.
Predatorial is in the beginning stages of a new blogroll.
Adam Gretz talked to Joel Ward about his new role in DC.
Mike Santorelli re-signed with the Panthers in a two-year, one-way deal.
Ex-Predator Patick Cote was arrested at the border as he turned himself in for a parole violation. This clears up a misconception that I had as well as many others that the ex-Pred was the MMA fighter but that is a different person who is five years younger.
Around the NHL...
The free agent signings slowed down on Wednesday but were highlighted with ex-Pred Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner both signing with St. Louis. The other notable signing was defenseman Radek Martinek going to Columbus. Troy Brouwer also signed a 2 year deal with Washington after being traded for a first round pick earlier.
It is reported that Craig Ramsay who got the shaft in Atlanta will return to Florida as an assistant coach. Good for him.
Ryan Porth's top five remaining free agents has Preds circa 2009 feel to it. Later in the day, the Blues scooped up the top two.
Brian Reynolds accesses the new look Minnesota Wild. They have had plenty of excitement over the last two weeks from hosting the draft to welcoming several new faces to prop up the offense.
The Globe and Mail hockey guys look at a "summer of change."
Boston and Carolina ended up with each others defensemen in a non-trade. Scott Cullen takes a look at the numbers.
The Pacific Conference teams underwent big changes and it looks like Los Angeles and San Jose have the potential to rise to the top.
It looks like Chris Osgood is near the end of the line. As an original Preds supporter, it is sad as one of my earliest memories of the Preds first season was "Osgood, Osgood, Osgood, you suck! With 400 wins, there is no doubt in my book that he should be a first ballot Hall of Famer.
The Winnipeg Jets finally have a name and are dealing with all the other things that need to get done before the coming season.
There is a second set of Swedish twins in Vancouver.
One of the common things heard from the kids at the Predators' Development Camp was learning about nutrition. Gary Roberts discusses the important role nutrition plays in a players development.
The Olympic Committee selected Pyeongchang, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Games. Coming on the heels of Sochi, Russia in 2014, it will mean that there will be at least a 12 year gap for even the possibility of Olympic hockey in a decent time zone for US coverage. I wonder if that will dampen the enthusiasm for the NHLPA in their negotiations.
Friend of the site made the move to Rogers SportsNet in a move learned over Twitter yesterday.
Puck Daddy looks at seven interesting arbitration scenarios.
The league is still waiting for this year's first offer sheet. Here is an explanation of why there have been none.
It appears that Alex Ovechkin was very sleepy at this fourth of July party in DC. He's also gotten skinny.
E J Hradek and Dan Rosen team up in a web video that discusses the situation this summer going forward.
Brian Burke met with the Toronto press and says that he won't offer the crazy front loaded contracts that we have seen.
Blues owner Dave Checketts is refinancing in order to buy time to negotiate a sale of the club.
Odds and Ends...
Here is an interesting graphic of the change in mobile platforms in the last year.
Prices are falling for the Motorola Xoom. It's getting closer for me to make a move.
Facebook is incorporating Skype into its platform to add video chatting to its arsenal.
My Google Maps app updated and now has public transit info for 400 cities. I sure could have used this in Minneapolis for the draft.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass