Monday, August 8, 2011

POTG Happy Monday Morning Headlines, News and Links

Welcome to another wonderful Monday morning where everyone gets to head into the work week with a clean slate to deal with new issues to go along with all those that were unresolved last week.

The good news is that the hockey offseason is moving along quickly with only five weeks remaining until camps open and action returns to the ice. I'm not sure why but this summer has flown by much quicker than those in the past few years.

Note that today is the final day of tax free savings with the Predators and Bridgestone Arena.

Make the jump for plenty of news and links from the Predators as well as the hockey world....

In Pred Nation...

After having Pred prospects star for both teams on Saturday night, Sunday's match was less eventful for Pred NationHere is an interview with Chase Balisy from Saturday as well as the following video of Austin Watson from USA Hockey.

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Every night this week at 7 p.m. CDT NHL Network will have a replay of games from the Predators-Anaheim series starting tonight.

Amanda DiPaolo takes a look at Ryan Ellis and the potential of "kids" making up the Predators third defensive pairing.

David Boclair says that Shea Weber bought time with his new one year deal.

Patten Fuqua has a massive post this morning with input from the whole Predator blogging community on who is the least expendable of the Preds' big three.

Ryan Porth continues his bloggers row series with an inside look at Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck.

Paul McCann asks "How Much is too Much?" for Shea Weber.

The Hockey News's Puck Panel breaks down the Shea Weber and Patrick Sharp signings.

Around the NHL...

Kevin Allen picks the St. Louis Blues as his sleeper team in the Western Conference.

Matt Reitz thinks Glen Sather actually did a decent job this offseason in putting together a solid Ranger team.

Ryan Smythe is thrilled to be back in Edmonton again.

Ryan Porth looks at the L.A. Kings being primed for a playoff run in the West this year.

Mayors Manor talked to Mike Richards who discusses the influence of Ian Laperriere in his development.

After Nassau County voters rejected a plan for a new home for the Islanders, Charles Wang is looking at Suffolk County as a potential new home.

While young Predators were starring at the Team USA Junior evaluation camp, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins stared in Edmonton on Saturday at Canada's camp.

The Hamilton brothers are hoping to be the first set of siblings to play for Team Canada in 30 years.

Patrick Kane is hoping for a full recovery in the coming season after the first injury of his career.

At age 36, are Maty Turco's days in the NHL numbered? He did well as an analyst during the playoffs.

The Lightning have doubled their season ticket sales for next season. It is amazing that they were down to 5000.

The Columbus Blue Jackets hope a new casino will help their financial situation.

Our Friends at Illegal Curve now have a sandwich named after them.

Jen Neale at Anaheim Calling dislikes ex-Pred Shane O'Brien in her "Guilty Pleasure" post at Puck Daddy.

Even though it is the second week of August and there still is no official announcement about the 2012 Winter classic, Blue Shirt Banter has a Jersey Contest.

It's the offseason so comes up with the list of hockey's ten biggest hitters.

Odds and Ends...

Anyone that spent the weekend watching the US Open of Surfing as I did was treated to an incredible show by Kelly Slater on the final day as he decimated the others and took home the $100K. Actually attending this event in Huntington Beach is high on my bucket list.

This is way over the edge. Doctors in India have now made diamond studded contacts for  the rich and famous.

Steve Lapore leaves hockey for a moment to list his favorite albums from each of his 22 years on earth.

More Later...

Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass

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