Thursday, September 15, 2011

POTG Thursday Headlines, News and Notes: The Calm Before the Storm

Today is somewhat of a "dark day" as far as official activities at the Centennial Sportsplex for the Predators. The rookies had their last day of camp yesterday and the official camp starts tomorrow with player testing. The unofficial workouts continue but there is nothing else on the Preds' calendar.

The Preds will have physicals and testing tomorrow and then the first on ice session for all players in camp is on Saturday when the goaltenders hit the ice at 9:45. The team will be broken into three groups and be on the ice until 1:40 p.m. Here is a link to the complete roster and schedule for the camp.

We have the first three parts of our rookie camp series up on the site and will add part four later today. We hope that you are enjoying a different look at a few of the participants.

Make the jump for today's news and links...

In Pred Nation...

Congrats to Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber for being inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame along with Chicago D-man Duncan Keith.

Paul McCann uses facts, not over-sensationalized allegations to set the record straight on hack TV guy, Phil Williams atrocity of a story on the Predators on Tuesday night.

Pekka Rinne, Shea Weber (and Bryan Mullen) and others rode around town delivering season tickets yesterday. Needless to say, the fans were thrilled.

Ryan Porth has high praise of Craig Smith from players and coaches alike at Smashville 24/7.

Josh Cooper says Craig Smith is trying to temper his enthusiasm after the hottest start by any rookie in the NHL. He also has a story about Milwaukee Head Coach Kirk Muller who has been the hit of the preseason so far. Next to Barry Trotz, he is one of the best coaches to talk to in the business.

The Hockey News' Puck Panel has their video preview of the Predators.

Mark Willoughby has the next segment of his blogger series with everyone talking about Shea Weber.

The Predators have added the TV schedule to their online schedule and it looks like 70 total games will be televised including every road contest.

Smashville 24/7 continues their goalie mask series with a look at Anders Lindback.

Jim Diamond has some fun with Jon Blum's free dinner winning streak that stands at 5-0. If the Diamond jinx is on, Jim will have to pay for Blum's next bill.

The Milwaukee Admirals announced Craig Morgan as their first concert of the year on October 29.

This video of the Preds coming on to the ice in NHL 12 is not the best but it was almost like a Preds game.

Here is an auction item that Amanda DiPaolo needs in her gallery. It is a huge autographed banner of David Legwand.

Around the NHL...

Ryan Porth has a complete roundup of Training Camp Battles from around the Western Conference with local reports from each team. His Eastern Conference post ran earlier.

One of the more promising 2011 draftees in an NHL camp is Gabriel Landeskog who has a good shot to stick with the Avalanche.

Katie Strange reports that John Tavares has agreed to a six year contract extension that averaged $5.5 million a year.

We also see that Brad Marchand has signed in Boston and Zach Bogosian has signed in the Peg.

The NHL is formalizing its social media policy to restrict Tweeting around game times as well as other official functions.

A deal has been proposed in Columbus to play with the tax from a casino to help the city purchase the Nationwide Arena to breathe new lide into the Blue Jackets franchise.

Lyle Richardson indicates that the role of the enforcer may change.

Chris Botta announced that he is leaving Islanders Point Blank.

It looks like Kyle Turris is screwing the pooch with his outrageous contract demands.

The Digital Journal has a Western Conference roundup that has the Preds finishing seventh.

Steve Lapore has the NHL Network schedule for Preseason games for the first week of the preseason that includes a triple-header on September 24.

A show explaining hockey to women sounds really condescending, at least to the ladies that I know, but Hockey Talk with Courtney actually does it well.

Odds and Ends...

Google Goggles is a really handy Android app and it has been improved even more.

Details were released on the new NASA heavy lift rocket that may eventually take men to Mars.

There was a major heist in Johnson City, Tennessee when two women stole the art out of the local Arbys.

More Later...

Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass

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