Rarely do the Nashville Predators find themselves as the center of attention throughout the hockey world but yesterday was one of those occasions.
The day started with questions of what would transpire with Shea Weber and the arbitration result. When it was revealed, the Predators scheduled a joint phone conference with both Weber and GM David Poile where both parties said all the right things. Go here for audio of the conference in its entirety.
The general fan consensus (as judged by Twitter) appeared to be an easing of the tension but no real answers. We have quite a variety of before and after posts along with the day's other news after the jump...
I was on last night's extended edition of The Program on BlogTalkRadio with ChrisWassel and Tim Rosenthal. The last hour of the broadcast covered all things Predators.
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In Pred Nation...
Josh Cooper has his take on what the Shea Weber award and presser meant. Today he has a second post on the matter.
David Boclair has his post on the day at The City Paper.
Jim Diamond looks at the dark clouds that he sees after the presser. It is a good assessment of the future for Weber and the Preds.
Mark Willoughby has one of the better takes on the pressure that David Poile placed on the Preds' young forwards during the Q and A portion of the presser.
Amanda DiPaolo says that the key to keeping Weber will be to get Ryan Suter and Pekka Rinne locked down long term.
Puck Daddy grabbed our audio (Thanks Greg!) and has a few other points on the pressure on the Preds to be "Cup worthy" to keep Weber.
Marc Torrence looks at the Predators' options long term with Shea Weber.
James Mirtle gives the Toronto-centric view of the presser.
Kurtenblog compares the Weber arbitration to the last big one with Roberto Luongo.
Jeremy Gover surveys the appetite for a trade of Weber among Pred fans.
Patten Fuqua questions the abilities of Titan Sports Management at Puck Scene.
Michael Langlois gets in on the #WeberWatch with a "what if" he could end up in Toronto.
Puck and Punk ponders life without Shea Weber.
Sean Fitz-Gerald has a Canadian view of the anxiety in Nashville over #WeberWatch.
The Odd Man Rush came out of seclusion to offer his thoughts on the Weber situation.
Picks, Pucks, and Pigskins is optimistic that Weber will remain a Pred for the coming season.
For a change of pace, the Nunatsiaq Online site has a feature on Jordin Tootoo that does not discuss Shea Weber.
Around the NHL...
Ryan Porth continues the dream with a mock thirty cities in thirty nights that anyone can pull off for a little over $11,000. He also has the top five remaining free agents.
Dan Rosen accesses what the Weber deal means for other defensemen.
Patrick Sharp and Stan Bowman discuss his five year extension in this video. This is a happy ending for both sides.
Erik Johnson is ready for a breakout season and expects the Avalanche to be competitive.
Will Colin White receive new life in San Jose?
Mid-summer is a good time to look at the NHL hits leaders. BizNasty is the champ! Cal O'Reilly is near the bottom for forwards.
"Mulletgate" has been festering for a while now. What will be the end result?
ESPN has a poll as to who will win the divisions in the Western Conference. Go vote!
Big news that I missed while on Vacation was Versus being re-branded as the NBC Sports Network.
Odds and Ends...
Google+ continues to take off and became the fastest growing web site in history last month even though it is still not open to the public.
Will the snail mail magazine become a collector's item? Time Inc will present all 21 of it's magazines for tablets in the near future.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass